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316 Famous Leadership Quotes of All Time En images

Famous Leadership Quotes : Leadership is based on a combination of complex talents and the manager can find excellent food for thought through the representations and expressions of recognized leaders.

A simple quotation sometimes contains in a few words more meaning than a long article. This is the reason for this third top 10, which gives pride of place to reflections on the leader (to consult the first two, it’s this way!).

The leader is too often confused with the function of leading. And if he or she does in fact have a certain number of characteristics in common with this function, it is above all in the person that the leader is found.

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We have chosen these 272 quotes in connection with three intrinsic qualities of the leader: the ability to give meaning and embody a vision, the strength to imagine a different and promising future, and the willingness to deploy the potential of his or her employees.

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  • “The most effective way to lead is to lead from within ” –(could not help myself) Lolly Daskal 
  • “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
  • “Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do, and let them surprise you with their results ” – George Patton
  • “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader ” – John Quincy Adams
  • “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
  • “Management is about arranging and telling  Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing ” – Tom Peters
  • “The mediocre teacher tells  The good teacher explains  The superior teacher demonstrates  The great teacher inspires ” – William Arthur Ward
  • “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus ” – Martin Luther King
  • “A leader is a dealer in hope ” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  • “Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led ” – Stephen Covey
  • “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion ” – Jack Welch
  • “Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities  The latter does not understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence ” – Albert Einstein
  • “I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers ” – Ralph Nader
  • “If you can’t swallow your pride, you can’t lead  Even the highest mountain had animals that step on it ” – Jack Weatherford
  • “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower ” – Steve Jobs
  • “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others ” – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other ” – John F  Kennedy
  • “Leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes ” – Margaret Wheatley
  • “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
  • “Real leadership is leaders recognizing that they serve the people that they lead ” – Pete Hoekstra
  • “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
  • “You don’t need a title to be a leader ” – Mark Sanborn
  • “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus ” –Martin Luther King Jr
  • “A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit ” –Arnold Glasow
  • “A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together ” –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • “A leader is a person you will follow to a place you would not go by yourself ” –Joel Barker
  • “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
  • “A leader is not an administrator who loves to run others, but someone who carries water for his people so that they can get on with their jobs ” –Robert Townsend
  • “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way ” –John Maxwell
  • “A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others see ” –Leroy Eimes
  • “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
  • “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
  • “Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm ” –Publilius Syrus
  • “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others ” –Bill Gates
  • “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
  • “Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily, even if you had no title or position ” –Brian Tracy
  • “Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself  It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult ” –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
  • “Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership  If you seek to lead, invest at least    percent of your time in leading yourself–your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct  Invest at least    percent leading those with authority over you and    percent leading your peers ” –Dee Hock
  • “Do not follow where the path may lead  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail ” –Harold R  McAlindon
  • “Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway ” –Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Doing what is right isn’t the problem  It is knowing what is right ” –Lyndon B Johnson
  • “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great ” –John D  Rockefeller
  • “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
  • “Earn your leadership every day ” –Michael Jordan
  • “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes ” –Peter F  Drucker
  • “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 ” –Colin Powell
  • “Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths ” –John Zenger
  • “I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through–then follow through ” –Edward Rickenbacker
  • “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
  • “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people ” –Mahatma Gandhi
  • “If you’re not sure where you are going, you’re liable to end up someplace else ” –Robert F  Mager
  • “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower ” –Steve Jobs
  • “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others ” –Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “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 don’t inflict pain, they share pain ” –Max Depree
  • “Leaders think and talk about the solutions  Followers think and talk about the problems ” –Brian Tracy
  • “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other ” –John F  Kennedy
  • “Leadership cannot really be taught  It can only be learned ” –Harold Geneen
  • “Leadership is an action, not a position ” –Donald McGannon
  • “Leadership is an ever-evolving position ” –Mike Krzyzewski
  • “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 F  Drucker
  • “Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts  It is about one life influencing another ” –John C  Maxwell
  • “Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue  It is not ‘making friends and influencing people,’ that is flattery  Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations ” –Peter F  Drucker
  • “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it ” –Dwight D  Eisenhower
  • “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it ” –Dwight D  Eisenhower
  • “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality ” –Warren G  Bennis
  • “Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better ” –Bill Bradley
  • “Look over your shoulder now and then to be sure someone’s following you ” –Henry Gilmer
  • “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right thing ” –Peter F  Drucker
  • “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power “–Abraham Lincoln
  • “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world  Indeed it is the only thing that ever has ” –Margaret Mead
  • “Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want ” –Dianne Feinstein
  • “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
  • “One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency ” –Arnold Glasow
  • “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision ” –John C  Maxwell
  • “Real leadership is leaders recognizing that they serve the people that they lead ” –Pete Hoekstra
  • “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts ” –Winston Churchill
  • “The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes  It is very easy to say yes ” –Tony Blair
  • “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers ” -Ralph Nader
  • “The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision ” –Ken Blanchard
  • “The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership ” –Harvey S  Firestone
  • “The highest of distinctions is service to others ” –King George VI
  • “The important thing is this: to be able to give up in any given moment all that we are for what we can become ” –DeSeaux
  • “The mediocre teacher tells  The good teacher explains  The superior teacher demonstrates  The great teacher inspires ” –William Arthur Ward
  • “The price of greatness is responsibility ” –Winston Churchill
  • “The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves ” –Ray Kroc
  • “The role of leadership is to transform the complex situation into small pieces and prioritize them ” –Carlos Ghosn
  • “The supreme quality of leadership is integrity ” –Dwight D  Eisenhower
  • “The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there ” –John Buchan
  • “The task of the leader is to get their people from where they are to where they have not been ” –Henry Kissinger
  • “There are no office hours for leaders ” –Cardinal J  Gibbons
“There are no office hours for leaders ” –Cardinal J  Gibbons
  • “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it ” –Edith Wharton
  • “There exist limitless opportunities in every industry  Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier ” –Charles F  Kettering
  • “Those who let things happen usually lose to those who make things happen ” –Dave Weinbaum
  • “To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult ” -Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart ” –Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader ” –Margaret Fuller
  • “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being ” –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • “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
  • “Whatever you are, be a good one ” –Abraham Lincoln
  • “When people talk, listen completely ” –Ernest Hemingway
  • “Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it ” –David Star Jordan
  • “Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them ” –Diogenes of Sinope
  • “You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too ” –Sam Rayburn
  • “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
  • “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for ” –Nancy D  Solomon
  • “You manage things; you lead people ” –Grace Murray Hopper
  • “You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go ” –Jeanette Rankin
  • A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible  —Polybius
  • A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position  —John Maxwell
  • A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together  —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  • A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way  —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
  • A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd  —Max Lucado
  • 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
  • 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
  • Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm  —Publilius Syrus
  • As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others  —Bill Gates
  • Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position  —Brian Tracy
  • 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
  • Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes  —Peter Drucker
  • 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
  • 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
  • He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander  —Aristotle
  • I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be  —Warren Bennis
  • 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
  • I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers  —Ralph Nader
  • If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities  —Maya Angelou
  • 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
  • If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader  —John Quincy Adams
  • 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
  • Lead and inspire people  Don’t try to manage and manipulate people  Inventories can be managed but people must be led  —Ross Perot
  • 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
  • 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
  • Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world  Indeed it is the only thing that ever has  —Margaret Mead
  • Never tell people how to do things  Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity  —General George Patton
  • 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
  • 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
  • People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision  —John Maxwell
  • So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work  —Peter Drucker
  • The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes  It is very easy to say yes  —Tony Blair
  • 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
  • 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
  • The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority  —Kenneth Blanchard
  • The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist  —Eric Hoffer
  • 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
  • The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground  —Sir Winston Churchill
  • 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
  • To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less  —Andre Malraux
  • When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out  —Napoleon Bonaparte
  • You don’t need a title to be a leader  –Multiple Attributions
  • 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
  • “The things we fear most in organizations–fluctuations, distubances, imbalances–are the primary sources of creativity ” –Margaret Wheatley
  • Education is the mother of leadership  —Wendell Willkie
  • 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
  • Leaders think and talk about the solutions  Followers think and talk about the problems  —Brian Tracy
  • 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 influence  —John C  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
  • Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it  —General Dwight Eisenhower
  • “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
  • “Anyone, anywhere can make a positive difference ” – Mark Sanborn
  • “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself  When you become a leader, success is all about others ” – Jack Welch
  • “Efficiency is doing the thing right  Effectiveness is doing the right thing ” – Peter F  Drucker
  • “Leadership is an action, not a position ” – Donald McGannon
  • “The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in  Paint a picture of the future  Go there  People will follow ” – Seth Godin
  • “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
  • “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes    and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility ” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority ” – Kenneth H  Blanchard
  • “A good leader leads the people from above them  A great leader leads the people from within them ” –M D  Arnold
  • “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
  • “Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you ” –Margaret Thatcher
  • “Every time you have to speak, you are auditioning for leadership ” –James Humes
  • “Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work ” –Seth Godin
  • “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
  • “To add value to others, one must first value others ” –John Maxwell
  • “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be ” –Kurt Vonnegut
  • “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
  • A leader is a dealer in hope  —Napoleon Bonaparte
  • 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
  • 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 must follow the people  Am I not their leader? —Benjamin Disraeli
  • Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way  — General George Patton
  • 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
  • Where there is no vision, the people perish  —Proverbs   : 
  • You manage things; you lead people  —Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
  • Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality  —Warren Bennis
  • “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” – Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights activist
  • “A leader is a dealer in hope.” – Napoleon Bonaparte, French military leader and emperor
  • “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, former first lady of the United States
  • “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, former President of South Africa
  • “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” – Max Lucado, Christian author and preacher
  • “A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.” – Joe DiMaggio, former New York Yankees outfielder & Hall of Fame Baseball Player
  • “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, economist and diplomat
  • “An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.” – Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric
  • “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein, physicist
  • “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” – Mother Teresa, Catholic nun and saint
  • “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, former U.S. President
  • “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie, author and motivational speaker
  • “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, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • “Each group and each youngster is different. As a leader or coach, you get to know what they need.” – Mike Krzyzewski, Duke basketball coach
  • “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” – Gen. Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State
  • “He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.” – Niccolò Machiavelli, philosopher and writer
  • “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, author and journalist
  • “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, former king of Macedonia
  • “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” – Leonardo da Vinci, scientist, artist, astronomer, and mathematician
  • “I learned that things are never as complicated as we imagine them to be. It is only our arrogance which seeks to find complicated answers to simple problems.” – Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Winner
  • “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.” – Mahatma Gandhi, Indian independence movement leader
  • “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, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou, poet and civil rights activist
  • “If ‘leadership’ has come to be known as something much bigger than us, aligned to changing the world, then we are spending way too much time celebrating things that hardly anyone can do and not celebrating things we can do every day.”- Drew Dudley, founder of Day One Leadership
  • “If you don’t believe in yourself, why is anyone else going to believe in you.” – Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback
  • “If you want to improve the organization, you have to improve yourself and the organization gets pulled up with you.” – Indra Nooyi, Pepsi CEO
  • “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”– Woodrow Wilson, former U.S. President
  • “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, singer and songwriter
  • “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – President John Quincy Adams, former U.S. President
  • “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” —Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and former U.S. President
  • “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, former U.S. President
  • “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple
  • “It takes    years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffett, investor
  • “It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” – Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State
  • “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft
  • “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground”. – Theodore Roosevelt, former U.S. President
  • “Knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks, civil rights activist
  • “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy, former U.S. President
  • “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, former U.S. President
  • “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, former Dallas Cowboys coach
  • “Leadership is something you earn, something you’re chosen for. You can’t come in yelling, ‘I’m your leader!’ If it happens, it’s because the other guys respect you.” – Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback
  • “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter F. Drucker, author and educator
  • “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – President Abraham Lincoln, former U.S. President
  • “Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.” – Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senator
  • “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, founder of Disney
  • “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, CEO of IBM
  • “Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” – Sam Walton, founder of Walmart and Sam’s Club
  • “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi, legendary Green Bay Packers coach
  • “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan, Hall of Fame basketball superstar
  • “Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States
  • “The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.” – Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • “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,  th Century BC Greek poet
  • “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, former first lady of the United States
  • “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, former U.S. President
  • “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart, American aviation pioneer
  • “The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” ― Henry Kissinger, former U.S. National Security Advisor and Secretary of State
  • “There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” – Indira Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India
  • “There is a troublesome humor some men have, that if they may not lead, they will not follow; but had rather a thing were never done, than not done their own way, tho’ other ways very desirable.” – William Penn, early Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania
  • “To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn’t know where he is going.” – Joe Namath, former New York Jets quarterback
  • “To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.” – Edward R. Murrow, American broadcast journalist
  • “To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.” – Pat Riley, President of the Miami Heat and former Lakers coach
  • “To lead people, walk beside them. As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence … When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!’” – Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher
  • “True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.” – Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
  • “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” – Chuck Swindoll, Christian pastor and radio preacher
  • “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle, Greek philosopher
  • “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, author of the Harry Potter series
  • “What you do has far greater impact than what you say.” – Stephen Covey, author and educator
  • “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” – Malala Yousafzai, activist
  • “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” – Mark Twain, writer
  • “You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.” – Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company
  • “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” – Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister

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