101+ Leadership Quotes to Inspire You to Be Success

Leadership Quotes
John C. Maxwell Leadership Quotes

1. “Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.”

John C. Maxwell
Jack Welch Leadership Quotes

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

Jack Welch
John Maxwell Leadership Quotes

3. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”

John Maxwell
Peter Drucker Leadership Quotes

4. “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
Douglas MacArthur Leadership Quotes

5. “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
General Montgomery Leadership Quotes

6. “My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.”

General Montgomery
Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Quotes

7. “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
Napoleon Bonaparte Leadership Quotes

8. “When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out.”

Napoleon Bonaparte
Reverend Theodore Hesburgh Leadership Quotes

9. “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
Rosalynn Carter Leadership Quotes

10. “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

11. “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

12. “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

13. “Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.”

Brian Tracy

14. “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

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

John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams Leadership Quotes

16. “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

17. “Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be led.”

Ross Perot

18. “Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.”

Tom Peters

19. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

Steve Jobs

20. “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
Ronald Reagan Leadership Quotes

21. “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

22. “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

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

Ben Carson

24. “Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”

George Patton

25. “Set and maintain high standards. If you have to be hard on people, do it with love and a genuine wish for them to improve. Praise people when they hit the standard.”

Sam Altman
Lao Tzu Leadership Quotes

26. “Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.”

John C. Maxwell

27. “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

28. “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”

Warren Bennis

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

Brian Tracy

30. “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked, leadership is defined by results not attributes.”

Peter Drucker
Peter Drucker Leadership Quotes

31. “A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.”

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

32. “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

33. “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 S. Truman

34. “The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.”

Kenneth Blanchard

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

Tony Blair
Tony Blair Leadership Quotes

36. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”

General Dwight Eisenhower

37. “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

38. “Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.”

Stephen Covey

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

John Zenger

40. “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
John Zenger Leadership Quotes

41. “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

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

Norman Schwarzkopf

43. “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

44. “Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.”

Bill Bradley

45. “One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.”

Arnold Glasow
Arnold Glasow Leadership Quotes

46. “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

47. “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

48. “There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage.”

Fuchan Yuan

49. “Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.”

Dianne Feinstein

50. “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
Walt Disney Leadership Quotes

51. “The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision.”

Ken Blanchard

52. “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

53. “What you do has far greater impact than what you say.”

Stephen Covey

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

Vince Lombardi

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

Mike Krzyzewski
Mike Krzyzewski Leadership Quotes

56. “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

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

Joe DiMaggio

58. “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

Martin Luther King Jr

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

Thomas Jefferson

60. “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
Thomas Jefferson Leadership Quotes

61. “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

62. “The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.”

Sheryl Sandberg

63. “A boss has the title, a leader has the people.”

Simon Sinek

64. “Leading people is the most challenging and, therefore, the most gratifying undertaking of all human endeavors.”

Jocko Willink

65. “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
Max DePree Leadership Quotes

66. “Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.”

General George Patton

67. “A leader is a dealer in hope.”

Napoleon Bonaparte

68. “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

69. “To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.”

Andre Malraux

70. “He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.”

Aristotle
Andre Malraux Leadership Quotes

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

Ralph Nader

72. “A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.”

Polybius

73. “The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.”

Eric Hoffer

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

Max Lucado

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

Bill Gates
Bill Gates Leadership Quotes

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

77. “He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.”

Solon

78. “It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself.”

Latin Proverb

79. “Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day.”

Jesse Jackson

80. “Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise.”

Woodrow Wilson
Jesse Jackson Leadership Quotes

81. “Leadership is the key to 99 percent of all successful efforts.”

Erskine Bowles

82. “The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.”

Harvey Firestone

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

Pat Riley

84. “We live in a society obsessed with public opinion. But leadership has never been about popularity.”

Marco Rubio

85. “I am endlessly fascinated that playing football is considered a training ground for leadership, but raising children isn’t.”

Dee Dee Myers
Marco Rubio Leadership Quotes

86. “A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men.”

Stephen King

87. “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.”

George Patton

88. “The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.”

Dwight Eisenhower

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

Jack Welch

90. “One of the most important things for any leader is to never 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
Peter F. Drucker Leadership Quotes

91. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”

Peter F. Drucker

92. “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

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

Chuck Swindoll

94. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

Michael Jordan

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

Eleanor Roosevelt
Tom Landry Leadership Quotes

96. “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

97. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

John F. Kennedy

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

Barack Obama

99. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

Albert Einstein

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

Michelle Obama

101. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.

Amelia Earhart
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