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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, December 19, 2012 – Warren Bennis

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, December 19, 2012 – Warren Bennis

“Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.”

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“Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.”

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“Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led.”

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“Good leaders make people feel that they’re at the very heart of things, not at the periphery.”

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“Great things are accomplished by talented people who believe they will accomplish them.”

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“Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard.”

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“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”

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“Leadership is the wise use of power. Power is the capacity to translate intention into reality and sustain it.”

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“The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.”

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“The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.”

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“Trust is the lubrication that makes it possible for organizations to work.”

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“The leaders I met, whatever walk of life they were from, whatever institutions they were presiding over, always referred back to the same failure something that happened to them that was personally difficult, even traumatic, something that made them feel that desperate sense of hitting bottom–as something they thought was almost a necessity. It’s as if at that moment the iron entered their soul; that moment created the resilience that leaders need.”

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“The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective.”

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“The manager has his eye on the bottom line; the leader has his eye on the horizon.”

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“There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.”

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