Inspiring Leadership Quotes

Inspiring Leadership Quotes

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  • Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. – General Dwight Eisenhower
  • Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. – Stephen Covey
  • 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
  • Now there are five matters to which a general must pay strict heed. The first of these is administration; the second, preparedness; the third, determination; the fourth, prudence; and the fifth, economy. – Wu Ch’i
  • You manage things; you lead people. – Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
  • Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. – General George Patton
  • The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born – that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. – Warren Bennis
  • When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out. – Napoleon Bonaparte
  • The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes. – Tony Blair
  • The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet. – Reverend Theodore Hesburgh
  • A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible. – Polybius
  • 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

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  • Where there is no vision, the people perish. – Proverbs
  • The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. – Max DePree
  • Education is the mother of leadership. – Wendell Willkie
  • A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward. – Ovid
  • 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
  • No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it. – Andrew Carnegie
  • Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems. – Brian Tracy
  • As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. – Bill Gates
  • Do what you feel in your heart to be right–for you’ll be criticized anyway. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Don’t necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership. – Donald Rumsfeld
  • Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths. – John Zenger
  • He who has great power should use it lightly. – Seneca
  • He who has learned how to obey will know how to command. – Solon

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  • Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. – Warren Bennis
  • Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. – Jack Welch
  • 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
  • If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing. – Benjamin Franklin
  • In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
  • It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself. – Latin Proverb
  • 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. – Nelson Mandela
  • Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. – John F. Kennedy
  • Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day. – Jesse Jackson
  • Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise. – Woodrow Wilson
  • 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. – Colin Powell
  • Leadership is the key to 99 percent of all successful efforts. – Erskine Bowles
  • Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better. – Bill Bradley

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  • A leader is a dealer in hope. – Napoleon Bonaparte
  • You don’t need a title to be a leader. –Multiple Attributions
  • A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. – John Maxwell
  • Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing. – Tom Peters
  • Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. – Stephen Covey
  • No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent. – Abraham Lincoln
  • What you do has far greater impact than what you say. – Stephen Covey
  • Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow. – Chinese Proverb
  • The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision. – Ken Blanchard
  • 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
  • To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult. – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way. – Pat Riley
  • 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
  • We live in a society obsessed with public opinion. But leadership has never been about popularity. – Marco Rubio
  • Whatever you are, be a good one. – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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

 

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  • Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. – Albert Schweitzer
  • The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones. – Brandon Sanderson
  • Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another. – John C. Maxwell
  • 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
  • Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off. – Colin Powell
  • 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
  • I don’t see myself being special; I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to me to do things for them, to have answers. – Tupac Shakur
  • If you really want the key to success, start by doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing. – Brad Szollose
  • ‘Give as few orders as possible,’ his father had told him once long ago. ‘Once you’ve given orders on a subject, you must always give orders on that subject. – Frank Herbert
  • The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes. – Tony Blair
  • Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out. – Steve Jobs
  • If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see. – Henry David Thoreau
  • There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss. Both are based on authority. A boss demands blind obedience; a leader earns his authority through understanding and trust. – Klaus Balkenhol
  • We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark. – Whoopi Goldberg

Inspiring Leadership Quotes

 

  • Leadership is an action, not a position. – Donald McGannon
  • Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way. – Ronald Reagan
  • I cannot give you a formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: try to please everybody. – Herbert Bayard Swope
  • Show me the man you honor and I will know what kind of man you are.Thomas – John Carlisle
  • The challenge of leadership is to be strong but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. – Jim Rohn
  • A leader takes people where they would never go on their own. – Hans Finzel
  • You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case. – Ken Kesey
  • In a battle between two ideas, the best one doesn’t necessarily win. No, the idea that wins is the one with the most fearless heretic behind it. – Seth Godin
  • If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Wisdom equals knowledge plus courage. You have to not only know what to do and when to do it, but you have to also be brave enough to follow through. – Jarod Kintz
  • No guts, no story. – Chris Brady
  • People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. – John Maxwell
  • To have long-term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way. – Pat Riley
  • 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 Maxwell
  • Consensus: The process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values, and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects; the process of avoiding the very issues that have to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead. What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner: ‘I stand for consensus?’ – MargaretThatcher
  • You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. Nancy – D. Solomon
  • In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are. – Max De Pree
  • A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason. – J.P. Morgan

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  • A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. – Max Lucado
  • My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better. – Steve Jobs
  • A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week. – George Patton
  • Earn your leadership every day. – Michael Jordan
  • Success at the highest level comes down to one question: ‘Can you make the choice that your happiness can come from someone else’s success?’ No one has qualities like courage, vision, charisma, adaptability, and decisiveness in equal measure. But every great leader does make the same decision–and so can you. – Jeff Haden
  • I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself. Robert – E. Lee
  • If you spend your life trying to be good at everything, you will never be great at anything. – Tom Rath
  • 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
  • Don’t blow off another’s candle for it won’t make yours shine brighter.Jaachynma – N.E. Agu
  • Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. – Peter F. Drucker
  • When you put together deep knowledge about a subject that intensely matters to you, charisma happens. You gain courage to share your passion, and when you do that, folks follow. – Jerry Porras
  • A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them. – M.D. Arnold
  • The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet. – Father Theodore M. Hesburgh
  • It is absolutely necessary…for me to have persons that can think for me, as well as execute orders. – George Washington

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  • When eagles are silent, parrots begin to chatter. – Winston Churchill
  • Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50% of your time in leading yourself- your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20% leading those with authority over you and 15% leading your peers. – Dee Hock
  • 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
  • The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been. – Henry Kissinger
  • No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings. – Peter Drucke
  • The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there. – John Buchan
  • You do not lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 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
  • Leadership is intentional influence. – Michael McKinney
  • 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. – Gary Wills
  • Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave. – Henry Peter Brougham
  • The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on. – Walter Lippmann
  • Four rules of leadership in a free legislative body: First, no matter how hard-fought the issue, never get personal. Don’t say or do anything that may come back to haunt you on another issue, another day…. Second, do your homework. You can’t lead without knowing what you’re talking about…. Third, the American legislative process is one of give and take. Use your power as a leader to persuade, not intimidate…. Fourth, be considerate of the needs of your colleagues, even if they’re at the bottom of the totem pole…. – George Bush
  • The leader must know, must know that he knows, and must be able to make it abundantly clear to those around him that he knows. – Clarence Randall

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  • The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. – Kenneth Blanchard
  • A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops. – John J Pershing
  • There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage. – Fuchan Yuan
  • The supreme quality of leadership is integrity. –Dwight Eisenhower
  • You don’t lead by hitting people over the head- that’s assault, not leadership. –Dwight Eisenhower
  • Leaders always choose the harder right rather than the easier wrong.” – Orrin Woodward
  • Leaders who won’t own failures become failures.” – Orrin Woodward
  • You’re a leader. It’s your job to keep your passion hot. Do whatever you have to do, read whatever you have to read, go wherever you have to go to stay fired up. And don’t apologize to anybody. ” – Bill Hybels
  • Leadership is a journey, not a destination. It is a marathon, not a sprint. It is a process, not an outcome – Bill George
  • Never give an order that can’t be obeyed. – General Douglas MacArthur
  • Leadership must be based on goodwill. Goodwill does not mean posturing and, least of all, pandering to the mob. It means obvious and wholehearted commitment to helping followers. We are tired of leaders we fear, tired of leaders we love, and of tired of leaders who let us take liberties with them. What we need for leaders are men of the heart who are so helpful that they, in effect, do away with the need of their jobs. But leaders like that are never out of a job, never out of followers. Strange as it sounds, great leaders gain authority by giving it away. – Admiral James B. Stockdale
  • Without leadership, command is a hollow experience, a vacuum often filled with mistrust and arrogance. – Eric Shinseki
  • I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be. – Warren Bennis
  • Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. – Harry Truman
  • The function of a leader within any institution: to provide that regulation through his or her non-anxious, self-defined presence. – Edwin H. Friedman
  • People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives. – Theodore Roosevelt
  • Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned. – Harold Geneen

Inspiring Leadership Quotes

 

  • To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less. – Andre Malraux
  • The role of leaders is not to get other people to follow them but to empower others to lead – Bill George
  • People need to learn how to take the role of leader out of God’s hands. – Lionel Suggs
  • What is important for a leader is that which makes him a leader. It is the needs of his people – Frank Herbert
  • The only way to follow your path is to take the lead – Joe Peterson
  • A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men. – Stephen King
  • The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence. – General Montgomery
  • 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 Drucker
  • Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead
  • The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground. – Sir Winston Churchill
  • He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. – Aristotle
  • Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position. – Brian Tracy
  • Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. – Peter Drucker
  • To lead people, walk beside them … As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate … When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!’ – Lao-tsu
  • If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall in the ditch. – Jesus Christ

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  • Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. – Publilius Syrus
  • A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  • The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. – Theodore Roosevelt
  • Leadership is influence. – John C. Maxwell
  • So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work. – Peter Drucker
  • A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position. – John Maxwell
  • 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
  • To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand. – General Colin Powell
  • The day the soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. – Colin Powell
  • A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others so that they may have the strength to stand on their own. – Beth Revis
  • Always remember, Son, the best boss is the one who bosses the least. Whether it’s cattle, or horses, or men; the least government is the best government. – Ralph Moody
  • A leader is one who influences a specific group of people to move in a God-given direction. – J. Robert Clinton
  • You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too. – Sam Rayburn
  • Your position never gives you the right to command. It only imposes on you the duty of so living your life that others may receive your orders without being humiliated. – Dag Hammarskjöld

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  • Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. – Peter F. Drucker
  • 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
  • Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men–the other 999 follow women. – Groucho Marx
  • Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results. – George Patton
  • I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men. – Lao Tzu
  • It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse. – Adlai E. Stevenson II
  • Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. – Abraham Lincoln
  • Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead. – Ross Perot
  • Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob. – Oscar Wilde
  • The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. – Ralph Nader
  • The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it. – Theodore Roosevelt
  • To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone. – Harry Truman
  • Example is not the main thing in influencing others; it is the only thing. – Albert Schweitzer
  • If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams
  • The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist. – Eric Hoffer
  • Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions. – Harold S. Geneen
  • Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. – John Maxwell
  • Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. – General George Patton
  • Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. – Norman Schwarzkopf

Inspiring Leadership Quotes

 

  • The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership. – Harvey S. Firestone
  • One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. – Arnold Glasow
  • Leaders conceive and articulate goals that lift people out of their petty preoccupations and unite them in pursuit of objectives worthy of their best efforts. – John Gardner
  • The ability to summon positive emotions during periods of intense stress lies at the heart of effective leadership. – Jim Loehr
  • People will emulate leaders’ behaviors, believing they have silent permission to parrot actions demonstrated at the top of the power hierarchy. – Phil Buckley
  • Leader in its most important sense means being the agent of your own life, influencing the things you care about most in the world to make it a richer life. – Stewart Friedman
  • Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss. Or they won’t. Who cares? Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it. – Tina Fey
  • 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

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