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"I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism."
— Charles Schwab
Industrialist


"When I left the dining room after sitting next to Mr. Gladstone, I thought he was the cleverest man in England. But after sitting next to Mr. Disraeli, I thought I was the cleverest woman in England."
— A women when asked her impression of the two English statesmen Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone after dining with them.


"Beware of charisma . . . Representative Men; was Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1850 phrase for the great men in a democracy . . . Is there some common quality among these Representative Men who have been most successful as our leaders? I call it the need to be authentic—or, as our dictionaries tell us, conforming to fact and therefore worthy of trust, reliance or belief. While the charismatic has an uncanny outside source of strength, the authentic is strong because he is what he seems to be."
— Daniel J. Boorstin


"Throw away those books and cassettes on inspirational leadership. Send those consultants packing. Know your job, set a good example for the people under you and put results over politics. That's all the charisma you'll really need to succeed."
— Dyan Machan


"Charisma is the result of effective leadership, not the other way around."
— Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus
Leaders: The Strategies for Taking Charge


"In The Edge of the Sword de Gaulle wrote that a leader 'must be able to create a spirit of confidence in those under him. He must be able to assert his authority.' Authority, de Gaulle argued, de rives from prestige, and prestige 'is largely a matter of feeling, suggestion and impression, and it depends primarily on the possession of an elementary gift, a natural attitude' ... lately gone by the fashionable term charisma. ... To this ineffable quality, de Gaulle wrote, a leader must add three concrete ones: mystery, character, and grandeur. 'First and foremost,' he declared, 'there can be no prestige without mystery, for familiarity breeds contempt. All religions have their tabernacles, and no man is a hero to his valet.' "
— Richard Nixon


"There can be no power without mystery. There must always be a 'something' which others cannot altogether fathom, which puzzles them, stirs them, and rivets their attention.... Nothing more enhances authority than silence. It is the crowning virtue of the strong, the refuge of the weak, the modesty of the proud, the pride of the humble, the prudence of the wise, and the sense of fools."
— Charles de Gaulle


"The leader of men in warfare can show himself to his followers only through a mask, a mask that he must make for himself, but a mask made in such form as will mark him to men of his time and place as the leader they want and need."
— John Keegan


"Never reveal all of yourself to other people; hold back something in reserve so that people are never quite sure if they really know you."
— Michael Korda


"Mix a little mystery with everything, for mystery arouses veneration."
— Baltasar Gracián


"The power to command has never meant the power to remain mysterious."
— Marshal Ferdinand Foch


"Always mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy if possible."
— General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson


"How can you have charisma? Be more concerned about making others feel good about themselves than you are making them feel good about you."
— Dan Reiland


"There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament."
— Henry Van Dyke


"Charisma is a sparkle in people that money can't buy. It's an invisible energy with visible effects."
— Marianne Williamson


 
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