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Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
From leaders, we need clear, consistent and honest attention to the identity of the organization. Identity shows up in our actions, our visions, our relationships inside and out of the organization. Identity gets deepened as we do the work.

'Don't Get Out of the Way!,' www.mgeneral.com (1997)
The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.

Mary Kay (1981)
A leader has to be one of two things: he either has to be a brilliant visionary himself, a truly creative strategist, in which case he can do what he likes and get away with it; or else he has to be a true empowerer who can bring out the best in others.

Quoted in The Drama of Leadership (1997)
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.
By empowering others, a leader does not decrease his power, instead he may increase it—especially if the whole organization performs better.

Men and Women of the Corporation (1997)
The most effective leader is the one who satisfies the psychological needs of his followers.

Ogilvy on Advertising (1983)
A chairman who never wanders about his agency becomes a hermit, out of touch with his staff.

Principles of Management (1968)
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.
Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
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