"Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it."
"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."Marian Anderson on Henry Ford
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."Marian Anderson on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership."Marian Anderson on Nelson Mandela
"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves."Marian Anderson on Lao Tzu
"Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership."Marian Anderson on Colin Powell
"When you stop having dreams and ideals - well, you might as well stop altogether."
"Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman."
"A singer starts by having his instrument as a gift from God... When you have been given something in a moment of grace, it is sacrilegious to be greedy."
"None of us is responsible for the complexion of his skin. This fact of nature offers no clue to the character or quality of the person underneath."