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Power Quotes curated by Raffles Leadership Centre 

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
John Quincy Adams

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can’t find them, make them”
George Bernard Shaw

I must stand with anybody that stands right; stand with them while they are right and part with them when they go wrong”
Abraham Lincoln

” Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
Mahatma Gandhi

” The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”
Thomas Paine

The task of leadership is not to put greatness into others but to draw it out, for the greatness is there already”
John Buchan

The true measure of leadership is influence. Nothing more, nothing less.
John Maxwell

Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
Thomas Paine

It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.
Warren Buffett

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

” Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”
Harry Truman

Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right thing.
Peter Drucker

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”
Warren Bennis

A leader’s singular job is to get results.”
Daniel Goleman

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”
Winston Churchill

A leader without the vision, to strive to improve things, is no good. Then you will just stay put, you won’t progress.”
Lee Kuan Yew

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”

A house divided against itself cannot stand.
Abraham Lincoln

” Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.”
Napoleon Bonaparte

“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

You cannot let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.
Barack Obama

When you become a leader, you give up the right to think about yourself.”
Gerald Brooks

” It is circumstances which show what real men are.”

Knowledge may give weight but accomplishments give lustre. And many more people see than they weigh.”
Lord Chesterfield

It is not enough to be busy. The question is: ‘What are you busy about?”
Henry Thoreau

Progress often comes in small increments, sometimes two steps forward, one step back.”
Barack Obama

” Warships attract other warships”
Dr Mahathir Mohamad

” The leader must know, must know that he knows, and must be able to make it abundantly clear to those about him that he knows.”
Clarence Belden Randall

” Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try one more time.”
Thomas Edison

” We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves. We encourage one another in mediocrity. I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself.”
Charles Lamb

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”
Ronald Reagan

” Being Prime Minister is a lonely job, you cannot lead from the crowd.”
Margaret Thatcher

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”
Charles Darwin

” A-players hire A-players, and B-players hire C-players. We want only A-players here.”
Steve Jobs

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”
John C. Maxwell

We cannot learn men from books.”
Benjamin Disraeli

” Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others.”
Mwai Kibaki

” We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.”
Max de Pree

” We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves. We encourage one another in mediocrity. I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself.”
Charles Lamb

” The great use of your life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”
William James

“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”
George S. Patton Jr.

” When faced with something challenging , break it down, go as far as you can see and when you get there, go as far as you can see again and keep going as far as you can see…”
Dr Jaren E Chan

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
Albert Einstein

” This is my life. I seek improvements ceaselessly”
Li Ka-shing

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leadership is about going somewhere. If you and your people don’t know where you are going, your leadership doesn’t matter.”
Drea Zigarmi

” Serenity is the window through which one looks out on the world of affairs. It is how one feels inside as he engages with spirit, in the turmoil and strife of the world of affairs.”
Robert Greenleaf

” Adopt the attitude that everything is negotiable. A world of opportunity will greet you.”
Jim Rohn

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

” Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”
Og Mandino

” I’d rather be a loser than quitter.”
Tony Abbott

If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place.
Stephen Covey

” I am not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues.”
Franklin Roosevelt

” The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”
William James

Either you run your day, or the day runs you.
Jim Rohn

” I do not let my experiences define me; I define my experiences.”
Dr Jaren E Chan

There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.”

“A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others see.”
Leroy Eimes

” There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing and be nothing.”

” New broom sweeps clean but the old broom knows where the dirt is”
Dr Jaren E Chan

” The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity.”
Amelia Earhart

” As a businessman, if you have no problems, you have no business.”
Donald Trump

” Five percent of the challenge is the strategy. Ninety-five percent is the execution.”
Carlos Ghosh

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

” Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”
Zig Ziglar

” It’s what you go out with that counts – 20, 50 years later what people feel you have achieved.”
Warren Buffet

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”
Maya Angelou

” The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Mahatma Gandhi

” Fall 7 times and stand up 8″
Japanese proverb

” When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes clear”
Roy Disney

Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed, nothing else can be managed.”
Peter Drucker

I have never been over-concerned or obsessed with opinion polls or popularity polls. I think a leader who is, is a weak leader. If you are concerned with whether your rating will go up or down, then you are not a leader. You are just catching the wind…you will go where the wind is blowing.
Lee Kuan Yew

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

” When you are finished changing, you are finished”
Benjamin Franklin

” I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate”
George Burns

” Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony”
Mahatma Gandhi

Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.”
George Patton

There is nothing noble in being superior to others. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self
Indian proverb

” Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
Helen Keller

” Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”
Andy Warhol

“There are only two forces that unite men – fear and interest.”
Napoleon Bonaparte

“Trust but verify”
Ronald Reagan

” We need to awaken the next generation to understand that we are all change-makers. The nation is not as strong as its government but its next generation”
Nick Vujicic

” I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples”
Mother Teresa

But it is not this way with you, but the one who is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant.”
Luke 22:26

” A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not.”
John Quincy Adams

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”
Les Brown

It is the man behind who makes the man ahead”
Merle Crowell

” No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”
Dale Carnegie

” It is better to be approximately right than precisely wrong”
Warren Buffet

If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.”
Margaret Thatcher

” The best leaders make it a point to develop more leaders around them.”
Charles Caldwell     ( Jaren Chan’s Top 10 quotes )

True leadership is guiding others to success.
Bill Owens

” Ambition is the last refuge of failure.”
Oscar Wilde

” A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.”
John Maxwell

” To be a successful entrepreneur, improve your overall competitiveness, be mentally strong and to understand your markets and your competitors well ..”
Zhou Qunfei, Lens Technology, richest self-made woman in the world

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall”
Stephen Covey

A leader can be made, provided he is born.”
Lee Kuan Yew

The common trait of CEOs and business leaders is that they are learners. If you had dinner with Warren Buffet, I guarantee you he is going to ask you more questions than he answers.”
Jeff Immelt

” The mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates, the great teacher inspires.”
William Arthur Ward

” The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.”
Napoloen Bonaparte

” Life is a journey. When we stop, things don’t go right.”
Pope Francis

” I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.”
Robert E Lee

” If we don’t know how to be alone, we will only know how to be lonely.”
Sherry Turkle

” I would think of some fundamental basic need of all people, and I would supply that need more cheaply and more efficiently than anyone else.”
Henry Ford

” You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”
Zig Ziglar

” People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.”
John Maxwell

” Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”
Jack Welch

” You become what you say, and what you say becomes you.”
Paul Hawken

” Not enjoyment and not sorrow..is our destined end or way; But to act that each tomorrow.. find us further than today.”

” In life you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate”
Chester Karass

” The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.”

” A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
Martin Luther King, Jr

“I cannot change my history but I can change my destiny”
Dr Jaren E Chan

” Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
George Bernard Shaw

” Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”
Albert Einstein

” Resilience is accepting your new reality and trying to put together something that is good.”
Elizabeth Edwards

” The great champions know how to be at their best in the most important moments of their career.”
Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ tennis coach

Sometimes it’s not how hard you row the boat. It’s how fast the stream is going.”
Warren Buffet

” Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.”
Victor Hugo

” Unless you value yourself, you won’t value your time.”
M. Scott Peck

A great leader attracts great people and knows how to hold them together”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

” True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever the cost.”
Arthur Ashe

” He who is grateful does not suffer.”

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm”
Publilius Syrus

A manager has to meet circumstances as they occur 
Richard K M Eu

” If my critics saw me walking over the Thames, they would say it was because I couldn’t swim.”
Margaret Thatcher

Between being loved and being feared, I have always believed Machiavelli was right. If nobody is afraid of me, I’m meaningless.
Lee Kuan Yew

” The only conquests which are permanent and leave no regrets are our conquests over ourselves.”
Napoleon Bonaparte

Knowledge is a treasure but practice is a key to it.”
Thomas Fuller

” Give of your hands to serve and your hearts to love.”
Mother Teresa

Earn your leadership everyday.”
Michael Jordan

” A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others do.”
Leroy Eims

” The successful people are the ones who can think up stuff for the rest of the world to keep busy at”
Donald Marquis

” Great minds discuss ideas, average ones discuss events and small minds discuss people”
Eleanor Roosevelt

” I am not made of sugar. I won’t melt”
Vladimir Putin

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”
Vince Lombardi

Any business plan won’t survive its first encounter with reality. The reality will always be different. It will never be the plan.”
Jeff Bezos

There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience, and that is not learning from experience.
Archibald MacLeish

” Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”
Franklin Roosevelt

I do not know of a man who became a leader as a result of having undergone a leadership course.”
Lee Kuan Yew

” He who sits on the cushion of advantage goes to sleep.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

” Time is life. To manage your life, manage your time”
Dr Jaren E Chan

” How to earn an above average income? Be an above-average person.”
Jim Rohn

A leader is someone who demonstrates what’s possible
Mark Yarnell

Your success will be determined by how well you can overcome hardship.
Frida Polli

The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.
Harvey Firestone

A leader is admired; a boss is feared.”
Vicente Del Bosque

A leader’s attitude is caught by his followers more quickly than his actions.
John Maxwell

” It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.”
Thomas Jefferson

Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.”
Field Marshal Montgomery

No man can climb out beyond the limitations of his character.”
John Morley

The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.
John Ruskin

Mountain tops inspire leaders but valleys mature them.
Winston Churchill

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”
Theodore Roosevelt

A great river always begins somewhere.
Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize winner

” The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.”
Japanese proverb

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”
Thomas Jefferson

The sufficiency of my merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient.
St. Augustine

“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.”
Anais Nin

It was best if the leader was both feared and loved.

The position does not make the leader. The leader makes the position.
John Maxwell

” In the depths of winter, I discovered in me an invincible summer.”
Albert Camus

” Robben Island was known as ‘ the University’ because of what we learned from each other. We became our own faculty.”
Nelson Mandela

Know well the condition of your flocks and give attention to your herds..
Proverbs 24:3-4

We need good leadership to set the direction, to guide, to inspire and to deliver results.”
Lee Hsien Loong

There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

” Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalise on what comes.”
Zig Ziglar

Management is getting people to do what needs to be done. Leadership is getting people to want to do what needs to be done. Managers push. Leaders pull. Managers command. Leaders communicate.”
Warren Bennis

Every organisation requires a different leadership style. A good leader is not one who has a particular style – though we all have our own idiosyncrasies – but one who can bring out the best from his team by adapting his leadership style.”
Chan Chun Sing

If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings- and put compensation as a carrier behind it- you almost do not have to manage them”
Jack Welch

” All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

” Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing to add, but when there is nothing to take away.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

” The difference between managing and leading is how to take things to a better place.”
Piyush Gupta

” They have only stepped back in order to leap further.”
Michel de Montaigne

” I am a verb”
General Ulysses S. Grant

” Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
Mark Twain

Anyone who lives within their means suffer from a lack of imagination.”
Oscar Wilde

” Since the market spends more time in consolidations than in trends, it teaches you to buy dips and sell rallies.”
William Eckhardt

You can advance only by being larger than your present place and no man is larger that his present place who leaves undone any of the work pertaining to the place.
Wallace Wattles

” Your circle of influence dictates your path.”
Jon Bielecki

” Nothing is so potent than the silent influence of a good example.”
James Kent

” The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions.”
John Hancock

” You don’t lead through structure, you lead through influence.”
John Maxwell

” You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
Jim Rohn

“Being busy in the pursuit of your passion is the key to happiness.”
Connor Young

” Politics is about winning the hearts and minds of voters, not seeking to win arguments on intellectual grounds.”
Matthew Goodwin

” The function of prayer is not to influence God but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one”
Albert Einstein

” It is easier to influence strong than weak characters in life.”
Margot Asquith

” The only way to influence the other fellow is to talk about what he wants and show him how to get it.” 
Dale Carnegie

” To influence others, you must also be open to their influence.”
Jesse Lahey

So don’t merely go through your days – get from your days.”
Jim Rohn

” Time is the most precious currency of life, and how we spend it reflects what we truly value. Once we have spent it, it is gone forever! It cannot be re-earned. Are you feeling in charge of the time in your life?”
Richard Lieder

” In our thoughts, we experience life.  To change our life, we have to change our thoughts.”
Dr Jaren E Chan

The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

” Although the life of a person is in a land of thorns and weed, there is always space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.”
Pope Francis

” The best richness is the richness of the soul.”

” A good press release for a crisis situation should cover everything but not include everything.”
Dr Jaren E Chan, at a PR leadership conference

” The economic situation is always unclear and monetary policy takes time to affect the economy. Don’t overestimate the benefits of waiting for the situation to clarify”
Stanley Fisher

” The first priority of economics is to improve the lives of real people.”
James Tobin

” If you are not failing, you are not pushing your limits, and if you are not pushing your limits, you are not maximising your potential”
Ray Dalio

” We are all born equal but by education different.”
Dr Jaren E Chan

” The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.”

” I touch the future. I teach.”
Christa Mcauliffe

” Life does not get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”
Steve Maraboli

” When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to their level of mediocrity.”
Napoleon Bonaparte

” There is only one way out of this predicament and it is to invent our way out.”
Jeff Bezos

” The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.” 
Japanese proverb

” Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.”
Bern Williams

” A family owner doesn’t need to be a know-it-all in business operations because the professional teams will do that for him but he needs to prove he’s capable of bringing everyone together.”
Joseph Fan

” In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.”
Yogi Berra

” I would think of some fundamental basic need of all people and I would supply that need more cheaply and efficiently than anyone else.”
Henry Ford

” Conflict is good in a negotiation process..it is the clash of ideas which then, all being well, produces a third idea.”
Luke Roberts

” A penny saved is a penny earned.”
Benjamin Franklin

” True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but those that they serve. It is not about exalting themselves but about lifting others up.”
Sheri Dew

The important issues have no right or wrong answers. They involve social preferences, which in democracies can be expressed only through the electoral process” 
Justice Antonin Scalia

Politics is incessant and the pressure is continuous. Politics being a service industry, the customer is always right.
George Yeo

” I get paid to produce results, and the results are there”
Roger Agnelli, HBR 4th best CEO 2013

” I rarely go out to lunch. I think it is a waste of time. I will eat at my desk between meetings”
Jon Kamen

The world is wide and I will not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum.”
Frances Willard

” I don’t see myself as a professional manager, I live and breathe this company (JP Morgan Chase). I wear the jersey everyday.”
Jamie Dimon

Buckle up and know that it’s going to be a tremendous amount of work, but embrace it.”
Tory Burch

” Success should be worn like a T-shirt, not a tuxedo.”
Priyanka Chopra

” If you have more than 3 priorities, then you don’t have any.”
Jim Collins

” In the pursuit of knowledge, something is added everyday. In the pursuit of enlightenment, something is dropped every day.”

” Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” 
Andy Warhol

” It’s what you go out with that counts – 20,50 years later what people feel you’ve achieved.”
Warren Buffet

” This was a company where you can carry the day when you have the principle and math on your side, and you are patient and tenacious..”
Jeff Wilke, on Amazon

” Common mission trap for companies – trying to be all things to all people at all times.”
Jack Welch

” So there are alpha males and there are omega males.. but if you are omega, then all the training will not make you a platoon commander.”
Lee Kuan Yew

” The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and the self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”
Theodore Roosevelt

” In life, there is always a chance of failure but you must never give up.”
Elon Musk

Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.
Lord Chesterfield

The person who is impatient with weakness will be ineffective in his leadership. The evidence of our strength lies not in the distance that separates us from other runners but in our closure with them, our slower pace for their sake, our helping them pick it up and cross the line.
– J. Oswald Sanders                                                 


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