Frequently Advanced Quotations

That people can be lifted into their better selves is the secret of transforming leadership and the moral and practical theme of this work. 

James MacGregor Burns

A community is too heavy to carry alone.


A leader is best when people barely know he exists.  When his life is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say “we did it ourselves.”

Lao Tsu

Management is doing things right.  Leadership is doing the right things.

Peter Drucker

Leadership demands surfing the edge of chaos.

Richard Pascale

The only thing that is permanent is change.


I’m all for progress.  It’s change I can’t stand.

Mark Twain

The most important words ever written on the maps of human knowledge are terra incognita — unknown territory. 

Daniel J. Boorstin

A ship in harbor is safe.  But that is not what ships are for.

John A. Shedd

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

Albert Einstein

We made too many wrong mistakes.

Yogi Berra​

Be the change you want to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi


An effective leader simply loves the people, tells the truth, and knows when to go away.

Evaristo Matsuaire

Leadership is purpose with courage, even in the light of uncertainty.

Petra Falcon



Mobilizing people to confront tough problems, overcome differences, and move beyond the natural resistance to change requires uncommon courage and skill.

Jay Kaufman

Leadership requires motivating people to undertake the adaptive work they’d rather avoid.

Hugh O’Doherty

Leadership entails dispensing loss to your people at a rate they can absorb. 

Marty Linsky