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The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why. ...
by Warren G. Bennis

The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.
- Warren G. Bennis

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
- Warren G. Bennis

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -
that there is a genetic factor to leadership.
This myth asserts that people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.
Leaders are made rather than born.
- Warren G. Bennis

Leaders keep their eyes on the horizon,
not just on the bottom line.
- Warren G. Bennis

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees,
a man and a dog.
The man will be there to feed the dog.
The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.
- Warren G. Bennis

There are two ways of being creative.
One can sing and dance.
Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.
- Warren G. Bennis

There is a profound difference between information and meaning.
- Warren G. Bennis

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Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance
to forms of music yet to be heard.
- Warren G. Bennis

You need people who can walk their companies into the
future rather than back them into the future.
- Warren G. Bennis

Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself.
It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.
- Warren G. Bennis

People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must
be content with borrowed postures,
secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out.
- Warren G. Bennis

Trust is the lubrication that makes it possible for organizations to work.
- Warren G. Bennis

Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led.
- Warren G. Bennis

Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity.
The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere.
Truly profound and original insights are to be found
only in studying the exemplary.
- Warren G. Bennis

Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things,
not at the periphery.
- Warren G. Bennis

The manager has his eye on the bottom line;
the leader has his eye on the horizon.
- Warren G. Bennis

The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.
- Warren G. Bennis

Leaders are people who do the right thing;
managers are people who do things right.
- Warren G. Bennis

Taking charge of your own learning is a part of taking charge of your life,
which is the sine qua non in becoming an integrated person.
- Warren G. Bennis

The manager has a short-range view; the leader has
a long-range perspective.
- Warren G. Bennis

Great things are accomplished by talented people who
believe they will accomplish them.
- Warren G. Bennis

I like to make everything my friends are involved in a little better.
I should have just become a manager.
- Drea De Matteo

The sports world is an echo chamber.
All it takes is one quote from a general manager and
a thousand sports columns bloom.
- Michael Lewis

One of the dumber things my manager said was,
Stick to the melody.
But I can't.
- Shawn Colvin

I don't think a manager should be judged by whether he wins the pennant,
but by whether he gets the most out of the twenty-five men he's been given.
- Chuck Tanner

My manager and my agents, they go over my contracts.
- Gerard Butler

I don't believe a manager ever won a pennant.
Casey Stengel won all those pennants with the Yankees.
How many did he win with the Boston Braves and Mets?
- Sparky Anderson

Later, I became the manager for Amelia Earhart,
until, well, you know.
- Joseph Force Crater

When I got hoarse, the manager would say,
'Drink this.
Joplin used to drink this,' and I used to say,
'Joplin? Joplin's dead.
- Cyndi Lauper

The problem is, we elected a manager and we need a leader.
Let's face it: Bush is just dim.
- George Clooney

After one look at this planet any visitor from outer
space would say 'I want to see the manager.'
- William S. Burroughs

Coaches are an integral part of any manager's team,
especially if they are good pinochle players.
- Earl Weaver

I'm a fair manager, put it that way.
I like to be fair with the players, but there's a time for discipline.
- Don Baylor

A baseball manager is a necessary evil.
- Sparky Anderson

My mother is my manager and so knows exactly what I do and so on.
- Jonathan Brandis

I spent 10 years as a marketing manager.
I've found my experience in the financial world invaluable
background for writing about white-collar crimes.
- Sara Paretsky

My manager wants me to dress like a nun and I want
to dress like a teenager.
- Anna Kournikova

There are times when even the best manager is like
the little boy with the big dog,
waiting to see where the dog wants to go so he can take him there.
- Lee Iacocca

My father, a mining engineer and colliery manager,
gave his brood many advantages not least of which,
for me, was his love of singing which gave music a
central place in our lives.
- James W. Black

If something that needs to be done that we don't feel confronting,
we do it through the manager.
- John Oates

For a manager to be perceived as a positive manager,
they need a four to one positive to negative contact ratio.
- Ken Blanchard

I do want to be a manager one day.
It might be 10 years, I don't know when.
- Paul Gascoigne

I'm not going to sit here and bash the manager,
we have to regroup.
- David Wells

She put her hands around the neck of our production manager,
and you know, started to choke him.
- David Gest

More than anyone else, Hank Aaron made me wish I wasn't a manager.
- Walt Alston

I think maintaining relationships with my friends,
my mother, my manager, they're all important.
- Christina Applegate

Baseball is a simple game.
If you have good players and if you keep them in the
right frame of mind then the manager is a success.
- Sparky Anderson

A manager has his cards dealt to him and he must play them.
- Miller Huggins

It's good to have a manager who shares your interests,
or goals.
You can presumably trust a husband.
I don't know if it's the best way to work.
I really shouldn't discuss this.
- Dorothy Stratten

I feel like I have reached the stage where I can no
longer produce for my club,
my manager, and my teammates.
- Joe DiMaggio

I was taught you never, ever disrespect your opponent
or your teammates or your organization or your manager and never,
ever your uniform.
- Ryne Sandberg

Alex Ferguson is the best manager I've ever had at this level.
Well, he's the only manager I've actually had at this level.
But he's the best manager I've ever had.
- David Beckham

The job of arguing with the umpire belongs to the manager,
because it won't hurt the team if he gets thrown out of the game.
- Earl Weaver

A manager is an assistant to his men.
- Thomas J. Watson

But I think the Champions League Final puts a massive
pressure on every player and the manager,
but we're enjoying the pressure and hopefully we can go there and win it.
- Steven Gerrard

I'm not the manager because I'm always right,
but I'm always right because I'm the manager.
- Gene Mauch

Most of the pressure comes from myself,
not from others.
I don't need a manager or a pundit to put pressure on me.
I do all that myself before others do it.
- Ruud van Nistelrooy

A manager is responsible for the application and performance of knowledge.
- Peter Drucker

A manager is not a person who can do the work better than his men;
he is a person who can get his men to do the work better than he can.
- Frederick W. Smith

The one word that makes a good manager -
decisiveness.
- Lee Iacocca

I moved to Princeton, Indiana, and became a professional
Farm Manager for that Princeton Farms.
- Orville Redenbacher

What's more important than who's going to be the first
black manager is who's going to be the first black
sports editor of the New York Times.
- Bill Russell

I know as a manager you have to abide by the chairman's decisions.
But his decisions were this team, that team,
this player, that player.
The chairman is a control freak.
- Paul Gascoigne

I never was a person who wanted a handout.
I was a cafeteria worker.
I'm not too proud to ask the Best Western manager to give me a job.
I have cleaned homes.
- Shirley Jackson

I could never be a manager.
All I have is natural ability.
- Mickey Mantle

It goes without saying that when you're the manager of a Premiership club,
you go eight miles down the road and get beaten by
a team two divisions below you,
it's disappointing.
- Kevin Keegan

The key to being a good manager is keeping the people
who hate me away from those who are still undecided.
- Casey Stengel

No one respects the umpire's job more than I do;
but,
if I were a manager, I would probably be ejected three
or four times a season fighting for my team.
- Jim Evans

The greatest manager has a knack for making ballplayers
think they are better than they think they are.
- Reggie Jackson

I went to the store and bought lady fingers,
when I got home I noticed one of the fingers was missing
so I went back to the store and the manager was nice
enough to give me the finger.
- Jay London

We did not have anyone like a manager,
who could guide us and make it happen.
- Steve Brown


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