Quotes on Leadership vs Management

“A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under.”
Sam Ervin

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude;
be kind, but not weak;
be bold, but not bully;
be thoughtful, but not lazy;
be humble, but not timid;
be proud, but not arrogant;
have humor, but without folly.”
Jim Rohn

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.”
Kenneth Blanchard

“The boss drives people; the leader coaches them. The boss depends on authority; the leader on good will. The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm. The boss says “I”; The leader says “WE”. The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown. The boss says, “GO”; the leader says lets, “GO!”
H. Gordon Selfridge

“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.”
Sam Walton

The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they eventually surpass him or her in knowledge and ability.”
Fred A. Manske, Jr.

“Make no mistake, as you change your leadership style to one of a coach you will face challenges. There will be times when you question why am I doing this. However, you must at all times keep the long term benefits of being a coach at the forefront of your mind.”
Byron & Catherine Pulsifer, from Challenges in Adopting a Coaching Style

“A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.”
Ara Parasheghian

“A good coach passes on information quickly. They do not hold back information that affects my job.”
Byron & Catherine Pulsifer, from People’s Expectations of a Coach

“The test of a good coach is that when they leave, others will carry on successfully.”
Author Unknown

“You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within.”
Bob Nelson

“No person can be a great leader unless he takes genuine joy in the successes of those under him.”
W. A. Nance

“With all the information available today, the manager can no longer have all the answers. Whereas, in a coaching role, you are not expected to have all the answers. In a coaching role, you ask the questions and rely on your staff, who become the experts, to provide the information.”
Byron & Catherine Pulsifer, from Why All This Talk of Coaching Rather Than Managing?

“The highest of distinctions is service to others.”
King George VI

“You cannot manage men into battle.
You manage things; you lead people.”
Grace Murray Hopper

“One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.”
Arnold Glasow

“A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.”
Ara Parasheghian

“The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack.”
Wayne Lukas

“The man who follows a crowd will never be followed by a crowd.”
R. S. Donnell

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”
Jim Valvano, Basketball Coach

Jeremiah Josey


3 thoughts on “Quotes on Leadership vs Management

    • Hi Julius, search for Ricardo Semler on my blog, there are several good posts that discuss your question. Also my latest blog about Sociocracy offers good pointers as well. Enjoy!

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