36 quotations to help leaders to navigate their way forward

In researching my book “Leaders’ Map” I was inspired by the ideas of so many other people. I decided to “salt and pepper” my book with some of those ideas in the form of quotations. The quotations pithily paint a picture, tell a story, highlight a timeless principle or just make you smile.

 I hope that you savour them as much as I have.

John Greenway

 P.S. Leaders’ Map is free on Amazon Kindle on Friday 21st March. On its launch on 23nd January 2014 it was the #1 Leadership Best Seller for Kindle Free books on Amazon.com

 1. “Previous journeys in search of treasure have taught me that a zigzag strategy is the best way to get ahead.” Tahir Shah

 2. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but seeing with new eyes.” Marcel Proust

3. “Thinkers think and doers do. But until the thinkers do and the doers think, progress will be just another word.” François de La Rochefoucauld

4. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson

5.“As you sow, so shall you reap.” St Paul

6.“Every choice you make has a result”. Zig Ziglar

7. “The task of a leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” Henry Kissinger

8.“Do not worry about holding high position; worry rather about playing your proper role.” Confucius

9.“Map out your future, but do it in pencil.”   Jon Bon Jovi

 10. “A map does not just chart, it unlocks and formulates meaning: it bridges between here and there, between disparate ideas that we did not know were previously connected.”  Reif Larsen

 11. “Only he who keeps his eye on the far horizon will find the right road.” Dag Hammarskjöld

 12. “The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.” Okakura Kakuzo

 13. “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs chapter 29 verse 18

 14. “My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.” Charles Kettering

 15. The purpose of business is to create a customer.” Peter Drucker

 16. “A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds”. Francis Bacon

 17. “It isn’t where you come from; it’s where you are going that counts.” Ella Fitzgerald

 18. “If a man knows not what harbour he seeks, any wind is the right wind.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca

 19. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” Peter Drucker

 20. “A little less conversation; a little more action.” Elvis Presley

 21. “It is terrible to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead – and find no one there.” Teddy Roosevelt

 22. “If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.” Arthur McAuliff

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

 24. “To lead people, walk beside them … As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate … When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!’ ” Lao-tsu

 25. “Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing”. Albert Schweitzer

 26. “Help people reach their full potential. Catch them doing something right”.  Ken Blanchard

 27. “Leadership is not magnetic personality – that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not ‘making friends and influencing people,’ that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations”. Peter Drucker

 28. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill

 29. “We cannot lead anyone else further than we have been ourselves.” John Maxwell

 30. “A man must shape himself to a new mark directly the old one goes to ground.” Ernest Shackleton

 31. “Terrorists thought that they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this – weakness, fear and hopelessness died; strength, power and courage was born.” Malala Yousafzai

 32. “Wisdom is harder to DO, than it is to know.” Yula Moses

 33. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela

 34. “Life can only be understood backwards; but must be lived forward.” Soren Kierkegaard

 35. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Walt Disney

 36. “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” William Arthur Ward.

 John Greenway

The Leaders’ Map book was launched on January 23rd 2014 and is now available on Amazon Kindle


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