20 Quotes on Leadership

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This month on the blog we are trying to touch on the theme of leadership in different ways. Whether you are a single mom trying to lead her home, a husband struggling to lead his family, a manager at a local store trying to lead your employees, or a pastor trying to lead in your church, we hope the posts this month prove helpful.

Below you’ll find twenty quotes on leadership from various sources.

  1. “Leadership is a potentially lethal position. Those who are leaders are not simply given more opportunities to sin; they actually inhabit a place which positively fosters the kind of self-deception which lies at the very heart of what sin is. If routine sin allows us, even momentarily, to think that we are gods, then the leader lives in a world where that potential image of self can be reinforced again and again by power and by the adulation and/or obedience of others”—Carl Trueman, Reformation 21
  2. “To put it simply, leadership is influence.”—John MacArthur, The Book on Leadership
  3. “Leadership has most often been defined in a single word—influence. That is to say, leaders are those individuals who, through their personality, position, or power, shape the outlook and future of others.”—Gary Bredfelt, Great Leader, Great Teacher
  4. “Leadership is influence—nothing more, nothing less.”—John C. Maxwell, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
  5. “If you don’t have influence, you will never be able to lead others.”—John C. Maxwell, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
  6. “A second-chair leader is a person in a subordinate role whose influence with others adds value throughout the organization…even though you are not in the first chair, your actions can change the entire organization for the better.”—Mike Bonem and Roger Patterson, Leading from the Second Chair
  7. “According to Christ, then, the truest kind of leadership demands service, sacrifice, and selflessness.”—John MacArthur, The Book on Leadership
  8. “Team leaders must be selfless and objective…”—Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
  9. “True leaders are servants who die to themselves so others may flourish.”—Eric Gieger and Kevin Peck, Designed to Lead
  10. “Leadership authors do not understand that leadership means “Go forth to die.” If they did understand it, they would not be enticed to write about it…”—Robert Quinn, Change the World
  11. “Give me ten men that hate nothing but sin and love nothing but God and we will change the world.”—John Wesley
  12. “Both church and world seem to have traded away the notion of leadership for celebrity.”—John MacArthur, The Book on Leadership
  13. “Distractions have a way of diverting our focus from the essential to the peripheral.”—Gary Bredfelt, Great Leader, Great Teacher
  14. “Movements are about change and are led by visionary teachers and great communicators.”—Gary Bredfelt, Great Leader, Great Teacher
  15. “…the good-to-great leaders seem to have come from Mars. Self-effacing, quiet, reserved, even shy—these leaders are a paradoxical blend of personal humility and profession will. They are more like Lincoln and Socrates than Patton or Caesar.”—Jim Collins, From Good to Great
  16. “The executives who ignited the transformations from good to great did not first figure out where to drive the bus and then get people to take it there. No, they first got the right people on the bus (and the wrong people off the bus) and then figured out where to drive it.”—Jim Collins, From Good to Great
  17. “God’s most common means of leading His people is through those who teach His people.”—Gary Bredfelt, Great Leader, Great Teacher
  18. “Teachers are powerful leaders. And among those teachers who lead most effectively are those who teach God’s Word with accuracy, enthusiasm, and faithfulness.”—Bredfelt, Great Leader, Great Teacher
  19. “Teachers must be cautious because they can easily become intoxicated with the power they have to influence the minds and hearts of others.”—Gary Bredfelt, Great Leader, Great Teacher
  20. “There will always be leaders—the issue is whether they are leaders called and gifted by God to shepherd his flock or those who push themselves forward so that they can push others around.”—Timothy Z. Witmer, The Shepherd Leaders
  21. “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account.” Author unknown, Hebrews 13:17

Taking the quotes above, here is a word-cloud view of the content:

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