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Friday’s Leadership Quotes 71 – 80

2012 November 2
tags: Carl Sagan, Condoleezza Rice, Denzel Washington, Harry S. Truman, Honore de Balzac, James Baldwin, Jeannette Winterson, John Wooden, Leadership, Leadership Quotes, Michael Jordan, Quotations, Rosabeth Moss Kantor, Series
by Andrew   

I will post, on Fridays, selected leadership quotes. I’ll try to maintain a theme in a given week’s quotes, but if something in particular strikes me that week, it will probably go in anyway!

I owe you all five from last week, so you get ten this week!

On being a role model…

I never thought a role model should be negative.
~Michael Jordan

I think a role model is a mentor, someone you see on a daily basis, and you learn from them.”
~Denzel Washington

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
~James Baldwin

Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating…too often fathers neglect it because they get so caught up in making a living they forget to make a life.
~John Wooden

Leaders are more powerful role models when they learn than when they teach.
~Rosabeth Moss Kantor

…it’s good to have female or minority role models. But the important thing is to have mentors who care about you, and they come in all colors.
~Condoleezza Rice, “Extraordinary, Ordinary People”

It’s true that heroes are inspiring, but mustn’t they also do some rescuing if they are to be worthy of their name? Would Wonder Woman matter if she only sent commiserating telegrams to the distressed?
~Jeannette Winterson

I studied the lives of great men and famous women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work.
~Harry S. Truman

Emulation admires and strives to imitate great actions; envy is only moved to malice.
~Honore de Balzac

We tend to hear much more about the splendors returned than the ships that brought them or the shipwrights. It has always been that way. Even those history books enamored of the voyages of Christopher Columbus do not tell much about the builders of the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria, or about the principle of the caravel. These spacecraft, their designers, builders, navigators, and controllers are examples of what science and engineering set free for well-defined peaceful purposes can accomplish. Those scientists and engineers should be role models for an America seeking excellence and international competitiveness.
~Carl Sagan, “Pale Blue Dot”


Take care, and enjoy life,


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