Leadership Quotes

1. Leadership is a conversation. – William A. Adams

2. A leader is a dealer in hope. – Napoléon Bonaparte

3. Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. – Margaret Fuller

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

5. When people talk, listen completely. – Ernest Hemingway

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

7. Leadership is an ever-evolving position. – Mike Krzyzewski

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

9. The price of greatness is responsibility. – Winston Churchill

10. Never give an order that can’t be obeyed. – General Douglas MacArthur

11. Great leaders inspire greatness in others. – Lolly Daskal

12. The first key to leadership is self-control. – Jack Weatherford

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

14. He who has great power should use it lightly. – Seneca

15. Leadership is difficult but it is not complex. – Michael McKinney

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

17. Great leaders create more leaders, not followers. – Roy T. Bennett

18. Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader. – Tacitus

19. Leadership is a skill learned through many venues. – Todd Stocker

20. Cream always rises to the top…so do good leaders. – John Paul Warren

21. Leadership is all about caring, daring and sharing! – Sujit Lalwani

22. Speak Softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. – Theodore Roosevelt

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

24. He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader. – Aristotle

25. Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers. – Harry Truman

26. Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. – Steve Jobs

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

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

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

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

31. The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority.- Kenneth H. Blanchard

32. A leader takes people where they would never go on their own. – Hans Finzel

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

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

35. In essence, leadership is the sense of calling to a higher purpose. – Amit Ray

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

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

38. Leaders always choose the harder right rather than the easier wrong. – Orrin Woodward

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

40. To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone. – Harry Truman

41. Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. – Peter F. Drucker

42. Leadership, on the other hand, is about creating change you believe in. – Seth Godin

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

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

45. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together. – Goethe

46. Leadership is getting people to work for you when they are not obligated. – Fred Smith

47. It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse. – Adlai E. Stevenson II

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

49. Example is not the main thing in influencing others; it is the only thing. – Albert Schweitzer

50. A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. – Martin Luther King Jr.

51. Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions. – Harold S. Geneen

52. No great manager or leader ever fell from heaven, its learned not inherited. – Tom Northup

53. True leaders bring out your personal best. They ignite your human potential. – John Paul Warren

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

55. It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. – St. Francis of Assisi

56. The led must not be compelled; they must be able to choose their own leader. – Albert Einstein

57. Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

58. Real leadership is being the person others will gladly and confidently follow. – John C. Maxwell

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

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60. To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult. – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

63. Being a leader isn’t a title, it’s a lifestyle and there is no on and off switch. – Tyconis D. Allison Ty

64. Real leadership is leaders recognizing that they serve the people that they lead. – Pete Hoekstra

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

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

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

68. You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that’s assault, not leadership. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

69. Every great leader can take you back to a defining moment when they decided to lead. – John Paul Warren

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

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

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

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

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

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

76. A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them. M. D. Arnold

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

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

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

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

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

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

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83. 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

84. 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.

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

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

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

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

89. Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being. – Goethe

90. 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

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

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

93. 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

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

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

96. The ability to summon positive emotions during periods of intense stress lies at the heart of effective leadership. – Jim Loehr

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

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

99. 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

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