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Leadership Roles

Leadership Roles


Defining Leadership by Quotes …

When we allow one group of people to look down upon another, then we may for a short time bring hardship on some particular group of people, but the real hardship and the real wrong is done to democracy and to our nation as a whole. We are then breeding people who cannot live under a democratic form of government but must be controlled by force. We have but to look out into the world to see how easy it is to become stultified, to accept without protest wrongs done to others, and to shift the burden of decision and responsibility for any action onto some vague thing called a government or some individual called a leader.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

The moral authority of leaders is an essential ingredient to human security. Our attitudes will determine whether we are able to resolve conflict. It requires real listening and a readiness to consider new ways. And if we are to be a bridge, we have to be willing to be walked on.
-- Florence Mpaayei

It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose lies.
-- Noam Chomsky

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
-- Mohandas K. Gandhi

It's not the absence of leadership potential that inhibits the development of more leaders; it's the persistence of the myth that leadership can't be learned. This haunting myth is a far more powerful deterrent to leadership development than is the nature of the person or the basics of the leadership process.
-- James Kouzes & Barry Posner

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.
-- Andrew Carnegie

Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.
-- Susan B. Anthony

Through mutual understanding, sincerity and goodwill, and with great wisdom and broad views, the leaders on both sides should jointly initiate new opportunities for peace, stability, cooperation and mutual benefit.
-- Chen Shui-bian

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr

It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt


  • Students club leadership roles
  • Assuming leadership of in-class group projects
  • Sitting on local community boards
  • Running for SMSU Student Government
  • Assuming leadership role, such as captain of athletic team

SMSU Clubs and Organizations

SMSU is a founding member campus of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Students involved with this program are provided with training in the development of leadership capacities, while becoming actively involved in the campus and community through, for example, joining campus clubs, volunteerism, and grass roots change. Contact Scott Ewing ( for more information.

National Society of Leadership and Success

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