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It's inadequate in terms of its scope, it's inadequate in terms of its information technology, leadership, management systems and processes [on his governments immigration department]
John Reid

Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned.
Harold Geneen

Widespread intellectual and moral docility may be convenient for leaders in the short term, but it is suicidal for nations in the long term. One of the criteria for national leadership should therefore be a talent for understanding, encouraging, and making constructive use of vigorous criticism.
Carl Sagan

Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.
Harold Geneen

There are many elements to a campaign. Leadership is number one. Everything else is number two.
Bertolt Brecht

Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.
Marian Anderson

I don't think one should be angry about these things. The task is to draw the party together and move forward [on the Mark Oaten scandal breaking during a leadership election]
Sir Menzies Campbell

Don't make the mistake of trying to set out every day in this leadership campaign policies that will make us look ridiculous in five years' time
David Cameron

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
Ralph Nader

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.
Peter F Drucker

A blend of continuity and change which is a difficult balancing act to strike in politics [on what GB will bring to the leadership of the Labour party]
Liam Byrne

All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.
Galbraith

We have been honoured to serve as members under your leadership since entering the Commons in 2001.
Ian Lucas

You don't lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.
Dwight Eisenhower

Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.
John D Rockefeller

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
Harry S Truman

We must be open to all who share our values and our beliefs - young, old, black, white, straight, gay. Under my leadership there will be no more grumpy Conservatism.
David Davis

It was Mark's declaration that he was going to stand that ensured there was a contest [on Mark Oaten, who then pulled out the leadership race before a scandal about him broke]
Lembit Opik

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
Mahatma Gandhi

I am the people's choice. [which people? for Labour party deputy gravy train... err... leadership]
Alan Johnson

Leadership appears to be the art of getting others to want to do something you are convinced should be done.
Vance Packard

Perhaps the most central characteristic of authentic leadership is the relinquishing of the impulse to dominate others.
David Cooper

I think these labels don't help, that's not the way I would see my leadership. It's not about some lurch to the left, absolutely not [on being called Red Ed]
Ed Miliband

Responding to a question on which businesses support the Liberal Democrats: 'Oh, a lot...Geoffrey Madrell, very distinguished businessman, not least because he's the chairman of Glenmorangie...I consider that my most notable scalp so far in my leadership.'
Charles Kennedy

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
Dwight Eisenhower

The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.
Tony Blair

On Wales losing 28-9 against Australia: 'No leadership, no ideas. Not even enough imagination to thump someone in the line-up when the ref wasn't looking'
JPR Williams

It's a pity because, frankly, he's going to get humiliated. [on Michael Meacher's challenge for the leadership of the Labour party Post Blair]
Stephen Pound

Clear leadership and support for our frontline staff is of critical importance to the future growth and development of the Group.
Fred Goodwin

Absolute identity with one's cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership.
Woodrow Wilson

Leadership that's reliant on mergers and acquisitions is dangerous leadership.
John Varley

I share the view of the overwhelming majority of the party and the country that the only way the party and the government can renew itself in office is urgently to renew its leadership. [resignation letter to Tony Blair]
Tom Watson

Not all civil servants admire strong political leadership. But if you want to change things for the better you need strong political leadership.
Harriet Harman

We have got to have a leadership that has the confidence of the whole party that is attractive in putting forward our policies.
Michael Foster

Leadership comes through respect, and a large part of respect is liking someone.
Carol Leonard

This is getting totally out of hand [on his England leadership]
Steve McClaren

Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.
Jesse Jackson

The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority.
Kenneth Blanchard

One simple way to keep organisations from becoming cancerous might be to rotate all jobs on a regular, frequent and mandatory basis, including the leadership positions.
Robert Shea

I am happy for there to be a leadership contest. I think there should be
Gordon Brown

A low morality will not sustain leadership long, its influence quickly vanishes, it cannot produce its own succession.
Chester Irving Barnard

I urge the Iraqi leadership for sake of its own people... to seize this opportunity and thereby begin to end the isolation and suffering of the Iraqi people.
Kofi Annan

Today is Ed's day. I don't want to talk about my future today [on looking devastated and close to tears after being beaten by little brother Ed to the Labour leadership]
David Miliband

In the great mass of our people there are plenty individuals of intelligence from among whom leadership can be recruited.
Herbert Hoover

Leadership is particularly necessary to ensure ready acceptance of the unfamiliar and that which is contrary to tradition.
Cyril Falls

A lot of people are very upset and cross about that. It was absolutely stupid, a stupid, stupid thing to do[on Gordon Brown's handling of the Labour leadership saga]
Charles Clarke

I think it sends a message that they are looking for a younger leader probably, but I don't think my age was actually remarkably relevant [on being knocked out the leadership contest 2005]
Kenneth Clarke

Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet man. [Shortly before resigning Party leadership]
Iain Duncan Smith

In my view it is better for the Labour Party, the leadership and the new prime minister that he be given the maximum flexibility.
John Reid

Pope Benedict XVI assumes leadership at a critical time in which the world's collective wisdom and leadership including that of the religious community is most important to face up to challenges of deepening poverty and under-development afflicting many people of the world.
Thabo Mbeki



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