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A Good Boss Is a Good Leader: Quotes

Learn the difference between a boss and a leader.

The best bosses aren't bosses, they are leaders. "Boss" is a job; "leader" is a career. Here are some great quotes about bosses and leaders:

A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting. —Russell H. Ewing

A good boss makes his men realize they have more ability than they think they have so that they consistently do better work than they thought they could. —Charles Erwin Wilson

Your real boss is the one who walks around under your hat. —Napoleon Hill

Remember the difference between a boss and a leader: A boss says "Go!" A leader says "Let's go!" —E.M. Kelly

Most bosses know instinctively that their power depends more on employee's compliance than on threats or sanctions. —Fernanda Bartolme

The person who knows HOW will always have a job. The person who knows WHY will always be his boss. —Diane Ravitch

The real leader has no need to lead - he is content to point the way. —Henry Miller

A good manager is a man who isn't worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him. —H. S. M. Burns

The executive exists to make sensible exceptions to general rules. —Elting E. Morison

The secret of successful managing is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the four guys who haven't made up their minds. —Casey Stengel

Management by objective works, if you know the objectives. Ninety percent of the time you don't. —Peter Drucker

Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself. —Thomas J. Watson

By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day. —Robert Frost

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

One measure of leadership is the caliber of people who choose to follow you. —Dennis A. Peer

Most bosses know instinctively that their power depends more on employee's compliance than on threats or sanctions. —Fernand Bartolme

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives. —Theodore Roosevelt

Leadership is action, not position. —Donald H. McGannon

You can't lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself. —Gene Mauch

The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it. —Elaine Agather

You don't have to hold a position in order to be a leader. —Anthony J. D'Angelo

Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them. —Robert Jarvik

You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That's assault, not leadership. —Dwight D. Eisenhower

A leader leads by example not by force. —Sun Tzu

Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders. —Tom Peters

A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit. —John C. Maxwell

A leader is best when people barely know that he exists. —Witter Bynner

A man is only a leader when a follower stands beside him. —Mark Brouwer

I suppose that leadership at one time meant muscle; but today it means getting along with people. —Indira Gandhi

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