Leadership Quotes

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

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

Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead. Ross Perot

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

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

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 a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. Norman Schwarzkopf

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

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

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

One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. Arnold Glasow

The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership. Harvey Firestone

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

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

The supreme quality of leadership is integrity. Dwight Eisenhower

Earn your leadership every day. Michael Jordan

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

You manage things; you lead people. Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

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

A leader is a dealer in hope. Napoleon Bonaparte

You don’t need a title to be a leader. Unknown

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. John Maxwell

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

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

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

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. Peter Drucker

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

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

People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. John Maxwell

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

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. Kenneth Blanchard

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

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

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 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

A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward. Ovid

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

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. General Dwight Eisenhower

The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist. Eric Hoffer

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

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

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. General George Patton

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

Don’t necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership. Donald Rumsfeld

Education is the mother of leadership. Wendell Willkie

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

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

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


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