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Leadership Quotes

A wise person learns from the successes as well as failures of others. Here’s 80 of the most Inspirational Leadership Quotes:

1) “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

2) "Mountaintops inspire leaders but valleys mature them." ~ Winston Churchill

3) "Most of the corruption and disruption in the corporation is the result of leaders’ failure to lead themselves." ~ Dr. Tony Baron

4) "Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won’t taste good." ~ Joe Paterno

5) "I made a list of the happiest periods of my life & I realized that none of them involve money." ~Tony Hsieh

6) "One of the deepest principles of life and leadership: it's not about you." ~ Ken Blanchard

7) "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

8) "Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true.” ~ Brian Tracy

9) "Leadership shows judgment, wisdom, personal appeal and proven competence." ~ Walt Disney

10) "It always seems impossible until it's done." ~ Nelson Mandela

11) "A leader lives with people to know their problems. A leader lives with God in order to solve them." ~ John C. Maxwell

12) "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." ~ John Quincy Adams

13) "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." ~ Mother Teresa

14) "Leap, and the net will appear." ~ John Burroughs

15) "Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines." ~ Robert H. Schuller

16) "Where there is no vision, the people perish." ~ Proverbs 29:18

17) "A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

18) "The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own example." ~ John Wooden

19) "Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm." ~ Publilius Syrus

20) "For most leaders, humility comes only by wounds suffered from foolish falls." ~ Dan B. Allender

21) "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

22) "Managers help people see themselves as they are; Leaders help people to see themselves better than they are.” ~ Jim Rohn

23) "There is no success without a successor. ~ Peter Drucker

24) "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." ~ Theodore M. Hesburgh

25) "Rule a kingdom as though you were cooking a small fish. Don't overdo it." ~ Lao Tse

26) "It is a shame that so many leaders spend their time pondering their rights as leaders instead of their awesome responsibilities as leaders." ~ James C. Hunter

27) "Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." ~ General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

28) “True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not the enrichment of the leaders.” ~ Robert Townsend

29) "The leadership instinct you were born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it." ~ Elaine Agather

30) "He who reads is never alone." ~ Helder Simone

31) "He who attends to his greater self becomes a great man, and he who attends to his smaller self becomes a small man." ~ Mencius

32) "Every leader needs to look back once in a while to make sure he has followers." Unknown

33) "A real leader faces the music even when he doesn't like the tune." ~ Arnold H. Glasgow

34) "You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks." Winston Churchill

35) “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

36)  “If you lead, you will eventually serve with Judas or Peter.” ~ Dan B. Allender

37) “The most important part of being a leader is maintaining the desire to keep on learning. That means learning about yourself, about your peers, and about the people you serve.” ~ Brian Koval

38) “To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone.” ~ Harry Truman

39) “True leaders always practice the three R’s: Respect for self, Respect for others, Responsibility for all their actions.” Unknown

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

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

42)  "Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream." ~ W. C. Fields

43) “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. ~ Albert Einstein

44) “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” ~ Warren Bennis

45) “If you start out to solely make money, you will attract the wrong kind of employees.” ~ Guy Kawasaki

46) “Is the life you’re leading worth the price you’re paying to lead it? ~Tony Schwartz

47) “One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” ~ Arnold H. Glasgow

48) “The goal of an effective leader is to recondition your team to be solution focused rather than problem focused.” ~ Jim Rohn

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

50) "As sharp as an arrow, a leader is the tip; able to penetrate any substance. The followers are the body of the arrow; it follows the tip wherever it goes." Unknown

51) "Leaders are the ones who keep faith with the past, keep step with the present, and keep the promise to posterity." ~ Harold J. Seymour

52) "A great leader doesn't care about being the leader, but instead cares about the mission, the vision and the people they are leading." ~ Scott Williams

53) "Leaders should be able to stand alone, take the heat, bear the pain, tell the truth, and do what's right." ~ Max DePree

54) “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” ~ Rosa Parks

55) “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” ~ Thomas Roosevelt

56) “The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point where they surpass them in knowledge and ability.” ~ Fred A. Manske

57) “What lies behind us & what lies before us are tiny matters when compared to what lies within us.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

58) “No one will thank you for taking care of the present if you have neglected the future.” ~ Joel A. Barke

59) “Leadership is about uncertainty. Deal with it” ~ Andy Stanley

60) "Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them." ~ John C. Maxwell

61) “Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

62)  “People are more easily led than driven.” ~David Harold Fink

63)  “The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.” ~Eric Hoffer

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

65)  “Leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing.”~Mary D. Poole

66) “Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.” ~Stephen R. Covey

67) “Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.”~Harold S. Geneen

68) “A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.” ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

69) "A wise woodcutter indeed is he who rather than constantly chopping wood will occasionally stop to sharpen his axe.” Unknown

70) ‘A leader is a dealer in hope.” ~Napoleon Bonaparte

71) Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.~Ralph Waldo Emerson

72) "Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction." ~ John F. Kennedy

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

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

75) “A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward.” ~Ovid

76) “Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise.” ~ Woodrow Wilson

77) "Great leaders don't blame the tools they are given. They work to sharpen them." ~ Simon Sinek.

78) “The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.” ~Dwight Eisenhower

79)  “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care”. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

80) "Never give an order that can't be obeyed." ~ Douglas MacArthur