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303 Awesome Leadership Quotes That Will Inspire You To Be Great

Leadership is a complex topic. Leadership is encompassing the ability of an individual or organization to “lead” or guide other individuals, teams, or entire organizations. US academic environments define leadership as “a process of social influence in which a person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task.” leading is about striving to become better than we are, and helping everything and everyone around us to become better too.

We gathered 303 quotes about leadership from noteworthy leaders. Share these leadership quotes with your team members and managers when they need a bit of motivation.

303 Best Quotes On Leadership


“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.” – Lao Tzu


“Leadership:  the art of getting someone else to do something you want to be done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” – Chuck Swindoll


“A strong leader avoids becoming over-confident to the point of impaired judgment.” – Daniel Lubetzky


“The thing I’m most focused on today is, how am I maximising the effectiveness of the leadership team, and what am I doing to nurture it?” – Satya Nadella


“True leadership isn’t about having an idea. It’s about having an idea and recruiting other people to execute on this vision.” – Leila Janah


“Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.” – Warren Bennis


“To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.” – Pat Riley


“Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.” – Dianne Feinstein


“Leadership is action, not position.” – Donald H. McGannon


“Leaders have to act more quickly today. The pressure comes much faster.” – Andy Grove


“One will weave the canvas; another will fell a tree by the light of his axe. Yet another will forge nails, and there will be others who observe the stars to learn how to navigate. And yet all will be as one. Building a boat isn’t about weaving canvas, forging nails, or reading the sky. It’s about giving a shared taste for the sea, by the light of which you will see nothing contradictory but rather a community of love. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Citadelle


“There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great. – G.K. Chesterton


“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren G. Bennis


“High sentiments always win in the end, The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.” – George Orwell


“You do not lead by hitting people over the head.  That’s assault, not leadership.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” – Nancy D. Solomon


“What I’ve really learned over time is that optimism is a very, very important part of leadership.” – Bob Iger


“As a business owner, leadership is more than just telling others what to do. Leadership is about the investment we make into others and the responsibilities we accept for being the voice and direction that others count on.” – Lewis Howes


“My jobs is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better.” – Steve Jobs


“Leadership is an action, not a position.” – Donald McGannon


“Leadership is possible in all different ways, and in all different areas of life. Whether it is with friends or family, I expect them to set a great example for me, and hopefully, I will do the same for them. And that is all part of being a leader.” – Steve Nash


“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.” – Theodore Roosevelt


“Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.” – Bill Bradley


“I think leadership is service and there is power in that giving: to help people, to inspire and motivate them to reach their fullest potential.” – Denise Morrison


“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Reagan


“A leader leads by example not by Force.” – Sun Tzu


“I learned that things are never as complicated as we imagine them to be. It is only our arrogance which seeks to find complicated answers to simple problems.” – Muhammad Yunus


“How the hell can I ask people who work for me to travel cheaply if I travel in luxury? It’s a question of good leadership.” – Ingvar Kamprad


“Leadership is about vision and responsibility, not power.” – Seth Berkley


“Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance.” – J. Donald Walters


“If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”– Woodrow Wilson, former U.S. President


“The ability to learm is the most important quality a leader can have.” – Sheryl Sandberg


“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground”. – Theodore Roosevelt


“Character matters; leadership descends from character.” – Rush Limbaugh


“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates


“Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.” – Vince Lombardi


“Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not ‘making friends and influencing people,’ that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” – Peter F. Drucker


“I think leadership is something you earn, more through actions than words.” – Ander Crenshaw


“Leadership is all about taking people on a journey. The challenge is that most of the time, we are asking people to follow us to places we ourselves have never been.” – Andy Stanley


“My number one philosophy for leadership is leadership by example. If you are not willing to do it yourself, how can you show others how to do it?” – Linda McMahon


“I suppose that leadership at one time meant muscle, but today it means getting along with people.” – Indira Gandhi


“There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” – Indira Gandhi


“At the heart of great leadership is a curious mind, heart, and spirit.” – Chip Conley


“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln


“There is troublesome humour some men have, that if they may not lead, they will not follow; but had rather a thing was never done, than not done their own way, tho’ other ways very desirable.” – William Penn


“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” – Harvey S. Firestone


“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle


“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart


“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill


“There are no office hours for leaders.” – Cardinal J. Gibbons


“Every leader needs to look back once in a while to make sure he has followers.”


“Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” – Peter F. Drucker


“One secret of leadership is that the mind of a leader never turns off. Leaders even when they are sightseers or spectators are active; not passive observers.” – James Humes


“Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” – John C. Maxwell


“Do you know that one of the great problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas?” – Margaret Thatcher


“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller


“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter


“If ‘leadership’ has come to be known as something much bigger than us, aligned to changing the world, then we are spending way too much time celebrating things that hardly anyone can do and not celebrating things we can do every day.”- Drew Dudley


“Leadership is the key to 99 per cent of all successful efforts.” – Erskine Bowles


“Leadership to me means duty, honour, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.” – George W. Bush


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


“The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision.” – Ken Blanchard


“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.” – Alexander the Great


“I think leadership is not something you learn; it’s something you discover.” – Myles Munroe


“A chief is a man who assumes responsibility.  He says “I was beaten,” he does not say “My men were beaten.”” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery


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


“The task of the leader is to get their people from where they are to where they have not been.” – Henry Kissinger


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


“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal or any goal.” – Vince Lombardi


“Leadership is an active role; ‘lead’ is a verb. But the leader who tries to do it all is headed for burnout and in a powerful hurry.” – Bill Owens


“Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them.” – Robert Jarvik


“If you don’t believe in yourself, why is anyone else going to believe in you.” – Tom Brady


“All leaders are readers.” – Jim Rohn


“Leadership is absolutely about inspiring action, but it is also about guarding against mid-action.” – Simon Sinek


“An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.” – Jack Welch


“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” – Ken Blanchard


“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar.” – Orrin Woodward


“Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


“There is no investment you can make which will pay you so well as the effort to scatter sunshine and good cheer through your establishment.” – Orison Swett Marden


“Leadership is about making the right decision and the best decision before, sometimes, it becomes entirely popular.” – Martin O’Malley


“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” – Mark Twain


“Optimism is the ultimate definition of a leader. A leader has to look optimistically at what is ahead while not ignoring the challenges that must be overcome. Those challenges are in government, politics, world leadership, and even in community life.” – Linda McMahon


“The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


“Leadership is an ever-evolving position.” – Mike Krzyzewski


“Leadership consists of picking good men and helping them do their best.” – Chester W. Nimitz


“He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.” – Niccolò Machiavelli


“Leadership is a way of thinking, a way of acting and, most importantly, a way of communicating.” – Simon Sinek


“The leader is one who mobilizes others toward a goal shared by leaders and followers… Leaders, followers and goals make up the three equally necessary supports for leadership.” – Garry Wills


“Remember the difference between a boss and a leader; a boss says Go! – a leader says Let’s go!” – E.M. Kelly


“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward


“Leaders need to be optimists.  Their vision is beyond the present.” – Rudy Giuliani


“Don’t tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” – George S. Patton Jr.


“Leadership can change its mind; leadership can open its eye. Leadership can even be replaced.” – Ehud Barak


“Leadership is about doing the right thing, even if it going against a vast number of naysayers and mediocre people.” – N. R. Narayana Murthy


“True leadership lies in guiding others to success, in ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well.” – Bill Owens


“Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama


“One of the sad truths about leadership is that, the higher up the ladder you travel, the less you know.” – Margaret Heffernan


“I praise loudly, I blame softly. – Catherine the Great


“The art of leadership is not to spend your time measuring, evaluating. It’s all about selecting the person. And if you believe you selected the right person, then you give that person the freedom, the authority, the delegation to innovate and to lead with some very simple measure.” – Pierre Nanterme


“Leadership is standing with your people. People say you have to live to fight another day, but sometimes you have to show you are a true leader.” – Leymah Gbowee


“A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.” – Joe DiMaggio


“It’s very important in a leadership role not to place your ego at the foreground and not to judge everything in relationship to how your ego is fed.” – Ruth J. Simmons


“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams


“If you’re not sure where you are going, you’re liable to end up someplace else.” – Robert F. Mager


“Leaders don’t inflict pain, they share pain.” – Max Depree


“Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” – John D. Rockefeller


“A man is only a leader when a follower stands beside him.” – Mark Brouwer


“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” – Kurt Vonnegut


“To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.” -Friedrich Nietzsche


“You manage things; you lead people.” – Grace Murray Hopper


“A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


“A leader is best. When people barely know that he exists. – Witter Bynner


“Management is nothing more than motivating other people.” – Lee Iacocca


“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.” – Publilius Syrus


“A leader. . .is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.” – Nelson Mandela


“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” – Sam Walton


“A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others see.” – Leroy Eimes


“Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership.” – Eric Hoffer


“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi


“To add value to others, one must first value others.” – John Maxwell


“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.” – John Buchan


“Management is the art of making problems so interesting that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them. – Paul Hawken


“The role of leadership is to transform the complex situation into small pieces and prioritize them.” – Carlos Ghosn


“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Harold R. McAlindon


“Leadership is liberating people to do what is required of them in the most effective and humane way possible.” – Max De Pree


“Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.” – Thomas J. Watson


“Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” – Tom Peters


“A leader is not an administrator who loves to run others, but someone who carries water for his people so that they can get on with their jobs.” – Robert Townsend


“All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.” – John Kenneth Galbraith


“To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.” – Edward R. Murrow


“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch


“Leadership is something you earn, something you’re chosen for. You can’t come in yelling, ‘I’m your leader!’ If it happens, it’s because the other guys respect you.” – Ben Roethlisberger


“If you want to improve the organization, you have to improve yourself and the organization gets pulled up with you.” – Indra Nooyi


“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein


“If two or three persons should come with a high spiritual aim and with great powers, the world would fall into their hands like a ripe peach.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead


“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” – Leonardo da Vinci


“Uncertainty is a permanent part of the leadership landscape. It never goes away.” – Andy Stanley


“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.” – Theodore M. Hesburgh


“Those who let things happen usually lose to those who make things happen.” – Dave Weinbaum


“To me, leadership is about encouraging people. It’s about stimulating them. It’s about enabling them to achieve what they can achieve – and to do that with a purpose.” – Christine Lagarde


“You can’t lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself.” – Gene Mauch


“Example is not the main thing in influencing others.  It is the only thing.” – Albert Schweitzer


“Leadership is about creating, day by day, a domain in which we and those around us continually deepen our understanding of reality and are able to participate in shaping the future. This, then, is the deeper territory of leadership – collectively ‘listening to what is wanting to emerge in the world, and then having the courage to do what is required.” – Joseph Jaworski


“Leadership is a mindset that shifts from being a victim to creating results. Any one of us can demonstrate leadership in our work and within our lives.” – Robin S. Sharma


“Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them.” – Diogenes of Sinope


“A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved.  He inspires the power and energy to get it done.” – Ralph Nader


“Leadership is service to others.” – Denise Morrison


“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton


“You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.” – Sam Rayburn


“If you want to build something great, you should focus on what the change is that you want to make in the world.” – Mark Zuckerberg


“Doing what is right isn’t the problem. It is knowing what is right.” – Lyndon B Johnson


“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller


“There go my people.  I must find out where they are going so I can lead them.” – Alexandre Ledru-Rollin


“I am more afraid of an army of one hundred sheep led by a lion than an army of one hundred lions led by a sheep.” – Charles Maurice


“The art of leadership is saying no, not yes.  It is very easy to say yes.” – Tony Blair


“I think leadership is more than just being able to cross the t’s and dot the i’s. It’s about character and integrity and work ethic.” – Steve Largent


“What you do has far greater impact than what you say.” – Stephen Covey


“To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn’t know where he is going.” – Joe Namath


“A leader who doesn’t hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.” – Golda Meir


“No man is a leader until his appointment is ratified in the hearts and minds of his men.”


“Well, I think that – I think leadership’s always been about two main things: imagination and courage.” – Paul Keating


“Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers.” – Robin S. Sharma


“There exist limitless opportunities in every industry. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.” – Charles F. Kettering


“Don’t follow the crowd; let the crowd follow you.” – Margaret Thatcher


“The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone.  You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.” – Elaine Agather


“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” – Malala Yousafzai


“One of my beliefs about leadership is it’s not how many followers you have, but how many people you have with different opinions that you can bring together and try to be a good listener.” – Robert Kraft


“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” —Thomas Jefferson


“Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily, even if you had no title or position.” – Brian Tracy


“Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character; it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both leader and follower alike the burdens of self-restraint.” – Lewis H. Lapham


“The true mark of a leader is the willingness to stick with a bold course of action — an unconventional business strategy, a unique product-development roadmap, a controversial marketing campaign — even as the rest of the world wonders why you’re not marching in step with the status quo. In other words, real leaders are happy to zig while others zag. They understand that in an era of hyper-competition and non-stop disruption, the only way to stand out from the crowd is to stand for something special.” – Bill Taylor, from the article “Do You Pass the Leadership Test?”


“Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln


“One of the most important things for any leader is never to let anyone else define who you are. And you define who you are. I never think of myself as being a woman CEO of this company. I think of myself as a steward of a great institution.” – Ginni Rometty


“A leader is a person you will follow to a place you would not go by yourself.” – Joel Barker


“Leadership means forming a team and working toward common objectives that are tied to time, metrics, and resources.” – Russel Honore


“One measure of leadership is the calibre of people who choose to follow you.” – Dennis A. Peer


“It is well to respect the leader. Learn from him. Observe him. Study him. But don’t worship him. Believe you can surpass. Believe you can go beyond. Those who harbour the second-best attitude are invariably second-best doers.” – David J. Schwartz


“To lead the people, walk behind them.” – Lao-Tzu


“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates


“The important thing is this: to be able to give up in any given moment all that we are for what we can become.” – Dedeaux


“Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned.” – Harold Geneen


“The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.” – Faye Wattleton


“Leadership is an individual sport, one that has to be fine-tuned to each of the people that reports to you. Leaders also need to provide the direction, energy, encouragement and inspiration for each person who reports directly to the leader as well as for the overall organisation.” – David Petraeus


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou


“A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.” – Jim Rohn


“Wisdom knows what to do; next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.” – David Star Jordan


“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 conclude you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” – Colin Powell


“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama


“Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths.” – John Zenger


“A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not.”


“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants to be done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt


“Leadership is inspiring extraordinary people to step up and serve their country.” – Justin Trudeau


“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs


“True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.” – Sheryl Sandberg


“Leadership is a choice, not a position.” – Stephen Covey


“Leaders come in two flavours, expanders and containers. The best leadership teams have a mix of both.” – Barbara Corcoran


“I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through – then follow through.” – Edward Rickenbacker


“Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


“I am not a labour leader.  I don’t want you to follow me or anyone else.  If you are looking for a Moses to lead you out of the capitalist wilderness, you will stay right where you are.  I would not lead you into this promised land if I could because if I could lead you in, someone else could lead you out.” – Eugene V. Debs


“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right thing.” – Peter F. Drucker


“You have to lead people gently toward what they already know is right.” – Phil Crosby


“Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.” – Anne Bradstreet


“The best is he who calls men to the best. And those who heed the call are also blessed. But worthless who call not, heed not, but rest.” – Hesiod


“The price of greatness is responsibility.” – Winston Churchill


“Knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks


“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” – Madeleine Albright


“Communication is the most important skill any leader can possess.” – Richard Branson


“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” – Max Lucado


“The highest of distinctions is service to others.” – King George VI


“When people talk, listen completely.” – Ernest Hemingway


“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.” – Robert Louis Stevenson


“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” – Herbert Swope


“good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them.” – M. D. Arnold


“When trouble arises, and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command.  Very often, that person is crazy.” – Dave Barry


“A leader is a dealer in hope.” – Napoleon Bonaparte


“Some people want it to happen. Some wish it would happen. Others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan


“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” – John Maxwell


“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu


“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” – Mother Teresa


“The single biggest way to impact an organisation is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organisation that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.” – John Maxwell


“Earn your leadership every day.” – Michael Jordan


“There is a significant difference between a leader and a cheerleader.”


“Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.” – Albert Einstein


“Sometimes, leadership is planting trees under whose shade you’ll never sit. It may not happen fully until after I’m gone. But I know that the steps we’re taking are the right steps.” – Jennifer Granholm


“A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.” – John C. Maxwell


“The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.” – Ray Kroc


“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want to be done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


“I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.” – Queen Elizabeth II


“Leadership offers an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, no matter what the project.” – Bill Owens


“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” – Henry Kissinger


“The most effective way to lead is to lead from within.” – Lolly Daskal


“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” – John C. Maxwell


“Leadership is working with goals and vision; management is working with objectives.” – Russel Honore


“When you’re in a leadership role, you can never please all of the people all of the time. There’s also a lot of responsibility that goes along with it that others may not realise.” – Joyce Meyer


“Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating those who work with me and aiming their efforts at a certain goal.” – Walt Disney


“Actions, not words, are the ultimate results of leadership.” – Bill Owens


“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


“Leadership is a mindset in action. So don’t wait for the title. Leadership isn’t something that anyone can give you – you have to earn it and claim it for yourself.” – Travis Bradberry


“We have great managers who haven’t spent a day in management school.  Do we have great surgeons that haven’t spent a day in surgical school?” – Henry Mintzberg


“It’s not about money or connections — it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone.” – Mark Cuban


“Inside my empty bottle, I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships.” – Charles Simic


“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” – Winston Churchill


“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” – Ralph Nader


“It is better to have a lion at the head of an army of sheep, than a sheep at the head of an army of lions.” – Daniel Defoe


“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles, but today it means getting along with people.” – Mahatma Gandhi


“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffett


“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie


“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a moulder of consensus.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


“Just as discipline and freedom are opposing forces that must be balanced, leadership requires finding the equilibrium in the dichotomy of many seemingly contradictory qualities between one extreme and another.” – Jocko Willink


“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell


“Each group and each youngster is different. As a leader or coach, you get to know what they need.” – Mike Krzyzewski


“I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” – Ralph Nader


“You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go.” – Jeanette Rankin


“To lead people, walk beside them. As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence … When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!’” – Lao Tzu


“A good leader takes care of those in their charge. A bad leader takes charge of those in their care. – Simon Sinek


“In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skilful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” – Harry Truman


“Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.” – Stephen Covey


“The real leader has no need to lead – he is content to point the way.” – Henry Miller


“People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” – John C. Maxwell


“The things we fear most in organisations – fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances – are the primary sources of creativity.” – Margaret Wheatley


“Real leadership is leaders recognising that they serve the people that they lead.” – Pete Hoekstra


“One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognise a problem before it becomes an emergency.” – Arnold Glasow


“Leaders instil in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals.”


“Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.” – Marian Anderson


“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” – Dolly Parton


“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


“I think one of the keys to leadership is recognising that everybody has gifts and talents. A good leader will learn how to harness those gifts toward the same goal.” – Ben Carson


“My job as a leader is to make sure everybody in the company has great opportunities, and that they feel they have a meaningful impact.” – Larry Page


“Every time you have to speak, you are auditioning for leadership.” – James Humes


“The world needs new leadership, but the new leadership is about working together.” – Jack Ma


“Whether we’re talking about leadership, teamwork, or client service, there is no more powerful attribute than the ability to be genuinely honest about one’s weaknesses, mistakes, and needs for help.” – Patrick Lencioni


“If you wish a general to be beaten, send him a ream full of instructions; if you wish him to succeed, give him a destination, and bid him conquer.” – Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare


“Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.” – Tom Landry


“You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.” – Henry Ford


“The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.” – Mary Kay Ash


“Leadership is about having the courage to go against the advice of the so-called experts and doing what your instinct tells you is right.” – Robert Kraft


“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” – Arnold Glasow


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


“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” – Norman Schwarzkopf


“Look over your shoulder now and then to be sure someone’s following you.” – Henry Gilmer


“Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.” – J. P. Morgan


“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes.” – Peter F. Drucker


“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” – Douglas MacArthur


“Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.” – John Naisbitt


“The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better.” – Tony Dungy


“Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream.” – Peter McWilliams


“Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50 per cent of your time in leading yourself – your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20 per cent leading those with authority over you and 15 per cent leading your peers.” – Dee Hock


“One thing that somebody told me is that leadership is a lonely role – some people can do it, and some people can’t.” – Kyrie Irving


“Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader.” – Indra Nooyi


“Leadership is simply the ability of an individual to coalesce the efforts of other individuals toward achieving common goals. It boils down to looking after your people and ensuring that, from top to bottom, everyone feels part of the team.” – Frederick W. Smith


“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humour but without folly.” – Jim Rohn


“The leader is one who, out of the clutter, brings simplicity… out of discord, harmony… and out of difficulty, opportunity.” – Albert Einstein


“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” – Woodrow Wilson


“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy


“We do not need magic to change the world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – J.K. Rowling


“Character in leadership is the most important balance for leadership. Without character, leaders have no safety. Leadership has no protection without character.” – Myles Munroe


“I learned that leadership is about falling in love with the people and the people falling in love with you. It is about serving the people with selflessness, with sacrifice, and with the need to put the common good ahead of personal interests.” – Joyce Banda

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