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Leadership Quotes

  • Hypocritical Leadership

    Timothy Keller"Perhaps the greatest dilemma of the pastor - or any Christian leader - is the danger of hypocrisy.

    By this I mean that, unlike other professionals, we as ministers are expected to proclaim God’s goodness and to provide encouragement at all times. We are always pointing people toward God in one way or another, in order to show them his worth and beauty. That’s the essence of our ministry.

    But seldom will our hearts be in a condition to say such a thing with complete integrity, since our own hearts are often in need of encouragement, gospel centeredness, and genuine gladness.

    Thus, we have two choices: either we have to guard our hearts continually in order to practice what we are preaching, or we live bifurcated lives of outward ministry and inward gloominess.

  • Quote #1411

    sailboatThe Pessimist complains about the wind.

    The Optimist expects it to change.

     The Leader adjusts the sails.

  • Quote #1415

    chesterton"I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees."
    ~ G. K. Chesterton

  • Quote #1432

    theodore roosevelt"It is peculiarly incumbent upon you who have strength to set a right example to others. I ask you to remember that you cannot retain your self-respect if you are loose and foul of tongue, that a man who is to lead a clean and honorable life must inevitably suffer if his speech likewise is not clean and honorable. Every man here knows the temptations that beset all of us in this world. At times any man will slip. I do not expect perfection, but I do expect genuine and sincere effort toward being decent and cleanly in thought, in word, and in deed. As I said at the outset, I hail the work of this society as typifying one of those forces which tend to the betterment and uplifting of our social system. Our whole effort should be toward securing a combination of the strong qualities with those qualities which we term virtues. I expect you to be strong. I would not respect you if you were not. I do not want to see Christianity professed only by weaklings; I want to see it a moving spirit among men of strength. I do not expect you to lose one particle of your strength or courage by being decent.

    On the contrary, I should hope to see each man who is a member of this society, from his membership in it become all the fitter to do the rough work of the world; all the fitter to work in time of peace; and if, which may Heaven forfend, war should come, all the fitter to fight in time of war. I desire to see in this country the decent men strong and the strong men decent, and until we get that combination in pretty good shape we are not going to be by any means as successful as we should be.

    There is always a tendency among very young men and among boys who are not quite young men as yet to think that to be wicked is rather smart; to think it shows that they are men. Oh, how often you see some young fellow who boasts that he is going to “see life,” meaning by that that he is going to see that part of life which it is a thousandfold better should remain unseen!"
    - Theodore Roosevelt

  • Quote #1466

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    We will never be the person we wish to be, but that’s no excuse to be a jerk. We will never be the person we wish to be, but we can die trying.

    – Leonard Sweet

  • Quote #1470

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    "But he who dares not grasp the thorn, should never crave the rose."

    - Anne Brontë

  • Quote #1477

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    "Some burn up in the fire. Others are refined by it."

  • Quote #1484

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    "Don't hold together what must fall apart; the familiar crumbles so the new life can begin."

    - Bryant McGill

  • Quote #1485

    quote 1485

    "Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge."

    - Simon Sinek

  • Quote #1488

    quote 1488

    "We will speak thankful words consistently, when we are thankful people."

  • Quote #1501

    quote 1501

    Jesus did not say “Come to my seminar.” Or “Come to my conference.” Jesus said “Come to my table;” “Come and dine;” “Come and see” and "Come to me."

    - Leonard Sweet

  • Quote #1521

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    "Leaders who refuse to listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing helpful to say."

    - Andy Stanley

  • Quote #1523

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    "Naps are a kiss on the forehead from God."

    - Penn Clark "Advice to Pastors"

  • Quote #1526

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    "Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge."

    - Simon Sinek

  • Quote #1529

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    "It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it."

    - Lou Holtz

  • Quote #1532

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    "Often, the problem we have in loving others and in freeing ourselves from bitterness we may have towards them is really a problem of not knowing who God is and trusting Him to be who He says He is."

    – David Guzik

  • Quote #1533

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    "Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it."

    - Chinese Proverb

  • Quote #1534

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    "Sometimes you have to tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to just sit down and shut up."

    - TobyMac #Speak Life

  • Quote #1543

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    "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."

    - Eleanor Roosevelt

  • Quote #1545

    quote 1545

    The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply.

    - Stephen R. Covey

  • Quote #1552

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    "St. Gregory wrote that every time the sacred text describes a fact, it reveals a mystery. Preachers, are you listening? We have for too long ruptured people's minds with facts rather than raptured their souls with mystery."

    - Flannery O'Connor

  • Quote #1555

    quote 1555

    Preachers are the absolute worst people to listen to sermons. So here is the prayer I use to prep myself:

    Lord, save me from compare, contrast, critique. Move me from cerebration to celebration. Free me to hear You in and through your messenger today. Amen.

    – Leonard Sweet

  • Quote #1578

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    "God is in the business of growing Abram into a man of great faith, and this requites circumstances where Abram must trust God."

    - David Guzik

  • Quote #1583

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    "If any man thinks ill of you, do not be angry with him; for you are worse than he thinks you to be."

    - Charles H. Spurgeon

  • Quote #1584

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    "How we walk with the broken speaks louder than how we sit with the great."

    - Bill Bennot

  • Quote #1585

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    "As followers of Christ we do not have the freedom to say anything we want, to blurt out whatever is on our mind."

    - Tim Cameron

  • Quote #1586

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    "Most of life's great changes are preceded by chaos."

    - Toby Mac #SpeakLife

  • Quote #1602

    quote 1602

    "I said to a man who stood at the gate of the year, 'Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown,' and he replied, 'Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than the known way.' "

    - Minnie Louise Haskins

  • Quote #1605

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    "The only way to live a truly remarkable life is not to get everyone to notice you, but to leave noticeable marks of Jesus' love everywhere you go."

    - Ann Voskamp

  • Quote #1607

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    "Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will." 

    - Suzy Kassem

  • Quote #1608

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    "Givers have to set limits because takers rarely do."

    - Irma Kurtz

  • Quote #1623

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    "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new."

    - Socrates

  • Quote #1629

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    "The eyes are useless when the mind is blind."

    - Milan Kumar

  • Quote #1631

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    Individuality: "You laugh at me because I'm different. I laugh at you because you're all the same!"

    - Unknown

  • Quote #1637

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    "He that can take rest is greater than he who can take cities."

    - Benjamin Franklin

  • Quote #1639

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    "Experience is a difficult teacher because she gives the test first and then the lesson afterwards."

    - Vernon Law

  • Quote #1640

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    "A preacher should have the mind of a scholar, the heart of a child, and the hide of a rhinoceros. Our biggest problem is how to toughen our hides without hardening our hearts."

    - Vance Havner

  • Quote #1645

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    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

    - Theodore Roosevelt

  • Quote #1657

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    "Kindness is the noblest weapon to conquer with."

    - Thomas Fuller

  • Quote #1661

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    "If you're tired of starting over, stop givingstarting over fix up."

    - Autumn Calbrese

  • Quote #1664

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    "Givers have to set limits because takers never do."

    - Unknown

  • Quote #1667

    Tolerance is not about not having beliefs.

    "Tolerance isn't about not having beliefs. It's about how your beliefs lead you to treat people who disagree with you."

    - Timothy Keller