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Dwight Eisenhower described leadership as "The act of getting somebody else to do what you want done because he wants to do it." Give your decision, never your reasons; your decisions may be right, your reasons are sure to be wrong. - Lord Mansfield When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision. - Lucius, Second Lord Falkland Leadership is the ability to hide your panic from others. - Quoted in MSC Newsletter Look over your shoulder now and then to be sure someone's following you. - Virginia State Treasurer, Henry Gilmer Effective leadership is the willingness to sacrifice for the sake of predetermined objectives. - Ted Engstrom When a general gets too far ahead of his troops, he's often mistaken for the enemy. - Anon Leadership is the discipline of deliberately exerting special influence within a group to move it towards goals of beneficial permanence that fulfills the group's real needs. - Dr. John Haggai, Lead On! Experts know what should be done; leaders know what should be done and how to get people to do it. - Quoted in C. Barber, Nehemiah and the Dynamics of Leadership, p. 72. You can judge leaders by the size of the problems they tackle&md;people nearly always pick a problem their own size, and ignore or leave to others the bigger or smaller ones. - Anthony Jay, in Bits and Pieces, Sept., 1989 Effective leadership is the willingness to sacrifice for the sake of predetermined objectives. - Ted Engstrom, in Erwin Lutzer, Pastor to Pastor, p. 117. A leader who keeps his ear to the ground allows his rear end to become a target. - Angie Papadakis You cannot paint the "Mona Lisa" by assigning one dab each to a thousand painters. - William F. Buckley, Jr. Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. - Anon A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. - John Maxwell A leader is a person with a magnet in his heart and a compass in his head. - Vance Havner Leadership in the local church should be determined by spirituality, not notoriety. - Tony Evans The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn. - David Russell It is small wonder where the shepherds hesitate and stumble, that the sheep draw back affrighted. - Scott Nearing. The captain of a floundering ship does little good by criticizing the crew to the passengers. In order to give the illusion of authority, one must make immediate changes. - loose paraphrase of Douglas McArthur The trouble with being a leader today is that you can't be sure whether people are following you or chasing you. One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.