My top 10 quotes on leadership

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Published on 24 November 2014

When I started writing my book on leadership, The Virgin Way, I openly admitted that I’ve never read a leadership advice book. However, I have picked up some useful leadership tips from some brilliant minds along the way. Here are 10 of my favourite quotes on how to be a great leader. 

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10. A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could. – Zig Ziglar

9. Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. – Steve Jobs

8. Tend to the people, and they will tend to the business. – John Maxwell

7. Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems. – Brian Tracy

6. The smartest thing i ever did was to hire my weakness. – Sara Blakely

5. You manage things; you lead people. – Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

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4. Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work. – Seth Godin

3. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. – Warren Bennis

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2. Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand. – Colin Powell