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Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "That is always our problem, not how to get control of people, but how all together we can get control of a situation."

That is always our problem, not how to get control of people, but how all together we can get control of a situation.




Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "Leadership is not defined by the exercise of power but by the capacity to increase the sense of power among those led. The most essential work of the leader is to create more leaders."

Leadership is not defined by the exercise of power but by the capacity to increase the sense of power among those led. The most essential work of the leader is to create more leaders.




Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "Management is the art of getting things done through people."

Management is the art of getting things done through people.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "the best leaders try to train their followers themselves to become leaders. ... they wish to be leaders of leaders."

the best leaders try to train their followers themselves to become leaders. ... they wish to be leaders of leaders.




Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "Part of the task of the leader is to make others participate in his leadership. The best leader knows how to make his followers actually feel power themselves, not merely acknowledge his power."

Part of the task of the leader is to make others participate in his leadership. The best leader knows how to make his followers actually feel power themselves, not merely acknowledge his power.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "Coercive power is the curse of the universe, coactive power, the enrichment and advancement of every human soul."

Coercive power is the curse of the universe, coactive power, the enrichment and advancement of every human soul.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "In crowds we have unison, in groups harmony. We want the single voice but not the single note; that is the secret of the group."

In crowds we have unison, in groups harmony. We want the single voice but not the single note; that is the secret of the group.




Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "We must face life as it is and understand that diversity is its most essential feature."

We must face life as it is and understand that diversity is its most essential feature.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "The best leader does not ask people to serve him, but the common end. The best leader has not followers, but men and women working with him."

The best leader does not ask people to serve him, but the common end. The best leader has not followers, but men and women working with him.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "Democracy is not brute numbers; it is a genuine union of true individuals...the essence of democracy is creating. The technique of democracy is group organization."

Democracy is not brute numbers; it is a genuine union of true individuals...the essence of democracy is creating. The technique of democracy is group organization.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "Many people tell me what I ought to do and just how I ought to do it, but Few have made me want to do something."

Many people tell me what I ought to do and just how I ought to do it, but Few have made me want to do something.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "Imitation is for shirkers, like-minded-ness for the comfort lovers, unifying for the creators."

Imitation is for shirkers, like-minded-ness for the comfort lovers, unifying for the creators.




Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "We should never allow ourselves to be bullied by an either-or. There is often the possibility of something better than either of these two alternatives."

We should never allow ourselves to be bullied by an either-or. There is often the possibility of something better than either of these two alternatives.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "Experience may be hard but we claim its gifts because they are real, even though our feet bleed on its stones."

Experience may be hard but we claim its gifts because they are real, even though our feet bleed on its stones.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "Most people are not for or against anything; the first object of getting people together is to make them respond somehow, to overcome inertia."

Most people are not for or against anything; the first object of getting people together is to make them respond somehow, to overcome inertia.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "While leadership depends on depth of conviction and the power coming therefrom, there must also be the ability to share that conviction with others."

While leadership depends on depth of conviction and the power coming therefrom, there must also be the ability to share that conviction with others.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "we should think not only of what the leader does to the group, but also of what the group does to the leader."

we should think not only of what the leader does to the group, but also of what the group does to the leader.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "One of the greatest values of controversy is its revealing nature. The real issues at stake come into the open and have the possibility of being reconciled."

One of the greatest values of controversy is its revealing nature. The real issues at stake come into the open and have the possibility of being reconciled.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "All polishing is done by friction."

All polishing is done by friction.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "Concepts can never be presented to me merely, they must be knitted into the structure of my being, and this can only be done through my own activity."

Concepts can never be presented to me merely, they must be knitted into the structure of my being, and this can only be done through my own activity.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "What people often mean by getting rid of conflict is getting rid of diversity, and it is of the utmost importance that these should not be considered the same."

What people often mean by getting rid of conflict is getting rid of diversity, and it is of the utmost importance that these should not be considered the same.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "Fear of difference is fear of life itself."

Fear of difference is fear of life itself.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "Conflict is resolved not through compromise, but through invention."

Conflict is resolved not through compromise, but through invention.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "Another idea that is changing is that the leader must be one who can make quick decisions. The leader to-day is often one who thinks out his decisions very slowly."

Another idea that is changing is that the leader must be one who can make quick decisions. The leader to-day is often one who thinks out his decisions very slowly.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "The insight to see possible new paths, the courage to try them, the judgment to measure results - these are the qualities of a leader."

The insight to see possible new paths, the courage to try them, the judgment to measure results - these are the qualities of a leader.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "The divorce of our so-called spiritual life from our daily activities is a fatal dualism."

The divorce of our so-called spiritual life from our daily activities is a fatal dualism.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "Power-over is resorted to time without number because people will not wait for the slower process of education."

Power-over is resorted to time without number because people will not wait for the slower process of education.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "Leader and followers are both following the invisible leader-the common purpose."

Leader and followers are both following the invisible leader-the common purpose.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "there is a pernicious tendency to make the opinions of the expert prevail by crowd methods, to rush the people instead of educating them."

there is a pernicious tendency to make the opinions of the expert prevail by crowd methods, to rush the people instead of educating them.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "It is not opposition but indifference which separates men."

It is not opposition but indifference which separates men.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "It is of equal importance with the discovery of facts to know what to do with them."

It is of equal importance with the discovery of facts to know what to do with them.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "And the most successful leader of all is one who sees another picture not yet actualized. He sees the things which belong in his present picture but which are not yet there."

And the most successful leader of all is one who sees another picture not yet actualized. He sees the things which belong in his present picture but which are not yet there.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "The conflict of chemistry we do not think reprehensible. If we could look at social conflict as neither good nor bad, but simply a fact, we should make great strides in our thinking."

The conflict of chemistry we do not think reprehensible. If we could look at social conflict as neither good nor bad, but simply a fact, we should make great strides in our thinking.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "We are sometime truly to see our life as positive, not negative, as made up of continuous willing, not of constraints and prohibition."

We are sometime truly to see our life as positive, not negative, as made up of continuous willing, not of constraints and prohibition.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "The ablest administrators do not merely draw logical conclusions from the array of facts of the past which their expert assistants bring to them, they have a vision of the future."

The ablest administrators do not merely draw logical conclusions from the array of facts of the past which their expert assistants bring to them, they have a vision of the future.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "Responsiblity is the great developer of men."

Responsiblity is the great developer of men.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "... good intentions are not sufficient to solve our problems."

... good intentions are not sufficient to solve our problems.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "We can never catch up with life ... we shall always be eating the soft part of our melting ice and meanwhile the nice hard part is rapidly melting too."

We can never catch up with life ... we shall always be eating the soft part of our melting ice and meanwhile the nice hard part is rapidly melting too.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "Democracy is self-creating coherence."

Democracy is self-creating coherence.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "Democracy must be conceived as a process, not a goal."

Democracy must be conceived as a process, not a goal.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "The manager cannot share his power with division superintendent or foreman or workman, but he can give them opportunities for developing their power."

The manager cannot share his power with division superintendent or foreman or workman, but he can give them opportunities for developing their power.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "we certainly do not want to abolish power, that would be abolishing life itself, but we need a new orientation toward it."

we certainly do not want to abolish power, that would be abolishing life itself, but we need a new orientation toward it.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "In the small group then is where we shall find the inner meaning of democracy, its very heart and core."

In the small group then is where we shall find the inner meaning of democracy, its very heart and core.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "Crowd action is the outcome of agreement based on concurrence of emotion rather than of thought."

Crowd action is the outcome of agreement based on concurrence of emotion rather than of thought.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "... orders come from the work, not work from the orders."

... orders come from the work, not work from the orders.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "The state accumulates moral power only through the spiritual activity of their citizens."

The state accumulates moral power only through the spiritual activity of their citizens.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "Majority rule rests on numbers; democracy rests on the well-grounded assumption that society is neither a collection of units nor an organism but a network of human relations."

Majority rule rests on numbers; democracy rests on the well-grounded assumption that society is neither a collection of units nor an organism but a network of human relations.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "The unifying of opposites is the eternal process."

The unifying of opposites is the eternal process.



Mary Parker Follett Quotes: "There is no such thing as vicarious experience."

There is no such thing as vicarious experience.