Carl Townsend's Vision Quotes

Carl Townsend's Leadership Quotes

IDAuthor Quote
25DennisBlevinsI go around the city looking for fires. Then I push 'em together and pour gasoline on 'em.
30GeorgeBarnaVision has no force, power, or impact unless it spreads from the visionary to the visionless.
76O.WildeQuickly, I must hurry, for there go my people and I am their leader
80of Woolman's leadership styleGreenleaf, RobertRather the burden of his approach was to raise questions
81GeorgeBarnaPut a frog in a boiling kettle of water and he will jump out, but if you put a frog in warm water and slowly bring it to a boil, the frog will cook to death. Today's Christian is much like this, living in a society spiraling slowly to decay yet unwilling to take the risks to change it.
94Teilhard de ChardinWe cannot wait passively upon the statistical play of events to decide for us which road the world is to take tomorrow. We must positively and ardently take a hand in the game ourselves.
120There are whose who make things happen. There are those who watch things happen. And there are those who wonder what happened.
173Life is like a dog-sled team. If you aren't the lead dog, the scenery never changes.
175MontaCraneThere are three ways to get something done: do it yourself, employ someone, of forbid your children to do it.
182If you want to have an impact, you must be committed to a collision
187RosallynnCarterA leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.
204CarlTownsendTo reveal one's heart and to lead from this in love is the highest form of leadership.
237Matt. 20:25-28BibleJesus called them together and said '"You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lorded over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant. And whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave - just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to give his life as a ransom for many."
238and Phil HodgesBlanchard, KenOne of the quickest wasy you can tell the difference between a servant leader and a self-serving leader is how they handle feedback, because one of the biggest fears that self-serving leaders have is to lose their position
272GrouchoMarxOnly one man in a thousand is a leader of men -- the other 999 follow women.
273TheodoreHesburghThe very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.
274JamesCrookA man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
275Lao-TzuA leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him. But of a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves.
276Franklin D.RooseveltA good leader can't get too far ahead of his followers.
277JohnMaxwellThe first step to leadership is servanthood.
282Outstanding leaders appeal to the hearts of their followers - not their minds.
283Walter J.LippmannThe final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and will to carry on.
284MarianAndersonLeadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.
285MaxDePreeThe first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.
286JamesBaldwinNot everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.
314MargaretMeadNever doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world: indeed it's the only thing that ever has.
319John & StassiEldredgeA man's basic sin is his choice to offer strength only in those situations where he knows things will go well - the scariest thing for women is to offer our beauty into situations where we don't known if it will make a difference.- We are afraid. that has been pulled over our eyes to blind us to the truth
335ReggieMcNealAll leaders limp. Leaders become leaders, in part, because they are willing to wrestle with who they are, who they want to become, how they can overcome some deficit in their own lives.They often need to achieve, need to be admired, even loved, need to bring order to some chaos that is within them.
337ReggieMcNealThe Reformation will be completed when the clegy-laity distinction has )in terms of ministry empowerment) finally yields to the biblical doctrine of the universal priesthood of all believers.The work of God will finally return to the whole people of God.
349AlbertSchweitzerThe only ones among you who will be truly happen are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
369AndrewCarnegieThe rare individual who unselfishly tries to serve others has an enormous advantage - he has little competition.
381WilliamWardWe must be silent before we can listen. We must listen before we can learn. We must learn before we can prepare. We must prepare before we can serve. We must serve before we can lead.
382JohnMaxwellPeople do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.
383IsabelLopezBeing a leader who serves is very different from being a servant leader
385JohnMaxell (adapted)The measure of a leader is not the number of people who serve the leader, but the number of people served by the leader.
386SuzanneZoglioAs leaders shift their focus to customers and quality, they realize that the old authoritarian leadership style does not work anymore. To achieve quality, service, and rapid response, leaders must utilize all available talent. They must find ways to inspire, involve, and empower employees. They must create a work environment that encourages commitment, innovation, and cooperation. Instead of evaluating, leaders now coach. Instead of doing, they delegate. Instead of telling, they facilitate. No one is expected to boss anyone. Everyone is expected to participate.
387EdwardsDemingThe most valuable "currency" of any organization is the initiative and creativity of its members. Every leader has the solemn moral responsibility to develop these to the maximum in all his people. This is the leader's highest priority.
388JohnUpdikeA leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take on himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erractic quality of leadership.
395EricMcManusWhenever God is involved, the epilogue is not mysterious. God wins.
396CarlTownsendIt is not so much that we live in a post-Christian world; but rather we live in a post-secular world.
398GeorgeOtis, Jr.The greatest breakthrough today is where the Spirit of God comes down and attaches Himself to the broken and humble. It is where God goes when He wants pleasure.
400OswaldChambersWe have to take the first step as if there were no God. It is no use to wait for God to help us. He will not; but immediately we arrise to find He is there.
405ThomasEdisonOpportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
417ReggieMcNealLeadership development that supports apostolic leadership and missional renewal of the church pays attention to four areas of learning: paradigm issues, microskill development, resource development, and pesonal growth.
419MargaretWheatleyIn this historic moment, we live caught in a worldview that no longer works and a new one that seems too bizarre to contemplate.
420P.D.Ouspensk, Russian JournalistWhen on realizes one is asleep, at that moment one is already half-awake.
428JackTaylorThe leader's task is to seek the Kingdom, declare what is found, and then give it away!
435RichardBachLearning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know it just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, teachers
436DwightEisenhowerLeadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." Dwight Eisenhower
437TheodoreHesburghThe very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.
438Reaching for the stars requires visionary leadership that employs the art of storytelling to inspire
445R.TownsendA leader is not [1] who loves to run others, but 1 who carries water for his people so they can [do] their jobs
446RickWarrenThe moment you stop learning is the moment you stop leading.
448RobertKennedyOnly those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
450MaxLucadoIf you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.
451(old proverb)Confidence is what you feel before you comprehend the situation.
466JohnMaxwellWe impress people at a distance, we impact them up close.
474RickWarrenWithout oxen,the barn stays clean but you canít harvest without oxen- Prov14:4 Ministry is messy but NO MESS=NO MINISTRY!
479Rick WarrenYou're never too important to wash dishes, do laundry & change diapers.
483MahatmaGandhiFirst they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.
485PaulSteinbrueckStep up, step down, or step aside.
490GeneMauchYou can't lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself.
492DanRockwellVulnerable leaders live values-driven lives. They courageously speak and act in ways that honestly reflect who they are.
495RobertOrbenTwo kinds of people in this world: Realists & Dreamers.First know where they're going; Second have already been there.
496PeterDruckerThe greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday's logic.
497Inauthentic, needy leaders create walls that make them feel alone and underappreciated.
498RickWarrenTech tools are GREAT but if u spend more time with a screen than face-to-face with members donít call yourself a PASTOR [or any kind of leader].
499DaleGallowayThe growth & development of people is the highest calling of a leader.
500DanRockwellIf you think you are too small to make a difference, try starting a car without a key.
501RickWarrenGREAT people make others feel great.Small people make others feel small."Encourage each other & build each other up"1Th5:11
512RickWarrenIn ministry,a peaceful heart comes from accepting that God LOVES TO USE people & programs u donít like or agree with.
514DanielOveyNever be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark, and professionals built the Titanic.
523Each day we have another chance to make a difference
525LaoTzuA leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done,... they will say: "We did it ourselves.
530Margaret ChaseSmithConstructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought. -Margaret Chase Smith
532DaveRamseyWhen you have momentum, you look better than you are. When you don't have momentum you are better than you look.
539AndyAndrewsWho decides how long to make the cord before the FIRST bungee jump?
542Leaders reach higher by creating moderate levels of confusion. Confusion fertilizes innovation and creativity.
543RalphNaderYour best teacher is your last mistake.
550Yogi`BerraIf you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.
552ThomasPaineWhat we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.
554Charles CNobleYou must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures.
556DanRockwellCauses become symptoms - discouragement is both caused by fatigue and then it creates fatigue.
558GrahamCookeWhen Scripture reveals one thing and our lifestyle reveals another, immaturity is the evidence.
559GrahamCookeThere is no breakthrough without follow through
563DanRockwellDo not try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig.
565LeonardSweetVictory is a poor adviser. Nations tend to slip on the blood they have shed (W. Schivelbusch) What triumphs today will defeat us tomorrow?
566HenryFordYou can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.
568FrancisFrangipaneIf our devotion to our task exceeds our devotion to God, there are times when the Lord Himself will hinder our success.
572IssacNewtonIf I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.
575DanRockwellOne of my fatal leadership blunders was underestimating quiet people.
583E.LutzerBetter to love God and die unknown than to love the world and be a hero; better to be content with poverty than to die a slave to wealth; better to have taken some risks and lost than to have done nothing and succeeded at it..
585JohnAdamsIf your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more & become more, you are a leader.
610HowardNewtonPeople forget how fast you did a job, but they remember how well you did it.
615RickWarrenYour wisdom, not your age, is what matters in leadership. Age only matters if you're cheese.
618BillyGrahamWhen a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened
620WinstonChurchhillKites rise highest against the wind - not with it
630EmersonThe truest test of civilization is not the census, size of cities, or crops; but the kind of man the country turns out.
633EmmettBrownWhere we're going we don't need roads.
639HelenKellerWhile they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.
644from RebuildOregonYou cannot fundamentally change state government by returning the same people who caused the problem
652RickWarrenDoers need to think more. Thinkers need to do more.
673ArtJonakWhen leading, many will need you to be wrong in order to protect the status quo. Lead anyway.
684HeracitusCharacter is fate.
686ArtJonakEvoke emotion. At some point, if emotions don't kick in, people don't act.
690GrahamCookeGod will often allow an issue to arise that seems too large for us to overcome. This is His way of pushing us to use our favor to its fullest advantage.
713BuckminsterFullerSomething hit me very hard once, thinking about what one little man could do. Think of the Queen Mary - the whole ship goes by and then comes the rudder. And there's a tiny thing at the edge of the rudder called a trim tab. It's a miniature rudder. Just moving the little trim tab builds a low pressure that pulls the rudder around. Takes almost no effort at all. So I said that the little individual can be a trim tab. Society thinks it's going right by you, that it's left you altogether. But if you're doing dynamic things mentally, the fact is that you can just put your foot out like that and the whole big ship of state is going to go. So I said, call me Trim Tab
715LyotaMachida' s FatherWake up early; so your first opponent is yourself.
723HansFinzelLeaders are paid to be dreamers. In fact the higher u go in leadership, the more ur work is about the future.
724Martin LutherKingOur lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter
727DanRockwellUse your power to lift rather than climb
728AlbertEinsteinSetting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the ONLY means
729MarioAndrettiIf everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough
733BenjaminDisraeliThe greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.
737DanRockwellThe past is a platform not an anchor.
750BrianHardinActivity for God is not a relationship with God.
752MargaretThatcherIf my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn't swim.
775GarhamCookeIf you want to see things you have never seen before, you must be prepared to do things you have never done before!
785SethGodenGreat leaders create movements by empowering the tribe to communicate.
790GrahamCookeďLeadership with partnership is a powerful paradox. Without creating a sense of togetherness, our leadership can sometimes be overly authoritative to the point of bullying. It never works. It can produce acquiescence, but never wholeness.

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