300+ Leadership Quotes – Quotes On Leadership To Inspire Your

(Last Updated On: January 28, 2024)

Here is a collection of the best powerful leadership quotes to inspire you that can inspire and drive individuals. These quotes guide aspiring leaders in various aspects of life, be it business, sports, or personal development.

People use these powerful leadership quotes to gain perspective, learn from the wisdom of established leaders, and find the strength to overcome challenges. These best powerful leadership quotes encapsulate profound leadership principles in simple words, making them accessible to all who seek to lead effectively.

Best Powerful Leadership Quotes

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


Teachers open the door but you must enter by yourself. – Chinese Proverb


My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.  -Mitch Hedberg


I apologize for the length of this letter; I didn’t have time to make it shorter.  – Mark Twain


The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground. —Sir Winston Churchill

If you fail to honor your people, They will fail to honor you; It is said of a good leader that When the work is done, the aim fulfilled, The people will say, “We did this ourselves.  Lao Tzu


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


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


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


Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence. –  Sheryl Sanberg


Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.  ― Napoleon Hill


I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. -Mother Teresa


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


Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be. – Jack Welch


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


I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together. – Queen Elizabeth II 

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 lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. – Ralph Marston


The leader is one who, out of the clutter, brings simplicity… out of discord, harmony… and out of difficulty, opportunity.  – Albert Einstein



It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently. — Warren Buffett


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


Positive leadership is often interpreted as touchy-feely. But the evidence over the last 10 years is clear: if you implement it, performance and customer satisfaction go up. The duty of a leader is to create an organization where it is easy to practice kindness. – Kim Cameron


Restore connection’ is not just for devices, it is for people too. If we cannot disconnect, we cannot lead.  -Arianna Huffington


Nothing will work unless you do.  – Maya Angelou


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


Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader, they set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role, always about the goal. –  Anonymous


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


Leadership is about being of service to others, not being served by others. Be a mentor, not a boss — unknown.

You don’t lead by pointing and telling people someplace to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.  – Ken Kesey


Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others. –John Maxwell


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


I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. — Jimmy Dean


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


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


Don’t find the fault, find the remedy. — HENRY FORD


Integrity Is The Most Valuable And Respected Quality Of Leadership. Always Keep Your Word.


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


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


I must follow the people. Am I not their leader? —Benjamin Disraeli


Leaders establish trust with candor, transparency, and credit. — Jack Welch

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 boss has the title, a leader has the people.  – Simon Sinek


Where there is no vision, there is no hope. – George Washington Carver


Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
-Steve Jobs


Fall seven times and stand up eight. –Japanese Proverb


If you don’t understand that you work for your mislabeled ‘subordinates,’ then you know nothing of leadership. You know only tyranny. – Dee Hock


Leadership is getting someone else to do something you want to be done because he wants to do it. Dwight D. Eisenhower


Plans are worthless but planning is everything.” This is most often attributed to Dwight Eisenhower, but he himself disclaimed credit and ascribed the words to an anonymous soldier. I find this both motivating and true – it’s incredibly important to make plans and set higher goals, but it’s equally important to understand that everything will change from your plan.


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


Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers. —Robin S. Sharma

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


I define leadership as having three parts: first is seeing what needs to be done to make things better or seeing a problem that needs fixing; second is having the vision, the skill, and the wherewithal to change the system; and third is the most important task of mobilizing the energy of others to organize and act in ways to achieve that vision. – Susan J. Herman


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


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


It’s not about having the right opportunities. It’s about handling the opportunities right. ― Mark Hunter


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


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


Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understand the problems of running a country. – Margaret Thatcher


No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself. – Madonna


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


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

Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning. – Denis Waitley


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


The first rule of leadership: everything is your fault. — Hopper


You choose how you show up to work: will you give it your best or just occupy space? This is also a choice for your team. Everyone is a volunteer. When you realize that, every person on your team becomes a gift. Your work as a leader shifts from force to the invitation, from control to influence, from fear to gratitude. David Dye


I decided I can’t pay a person to rewind time, so I may as well get over it.  -Serena Williams


Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.  –Zig Ziglar


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


Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.


The goal of an effective leader is to recondition your team, to be solution-focused and not problem-focused. — Unknown


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


Leadership is seeing the possibilities in a situation while others are seeing the limitations. ~ John Maxwell


The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants to be done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.  – Theodore Roosevelt

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.  ~ Vince Lombardi


Those who let things happen usually lose to those who make things happen. – Dave Weinbaum


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


Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion. — JIM ROHN


Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.  – Dale Carnegie


Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you. –  Margaret Thatcher


A leader is a dealer in hope. —Napoleon Bonapart


I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself. — Elon Musk


There is no investment you can make which will pay you so well as the effort to scatter sunshine and good cheer through your establishment. – Orison Swett Marden


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

The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it. –  Andrew Carnegie


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


To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted. — George Knelle


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


Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all. – Dwight D. Eisenhower


The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work. –Oprah Winfrey


He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. —Aristotle


Contrary to the opinion of many people, leaders are not born. Leaders are made, and they are made by effort and hard work.  — Vince Lombardi


Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and inactions. —Harold S. Geneen


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


Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion. – Jack Welch

Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders. – Tom Peters


One key to successful leadership is continuous personal change. Personal change is a reflection of our inner growth and empowerment. – Robert E. Quinn


Outstanding people have one thing in common: An absolute sense of mission. ― Zig Ziglar


Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.  -Henry Ford


The very essence of leadership is that you have to have the vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet. –  Father Theodore M. Hesburgh


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


Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do. – Mother Teresa


Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. – Vince Lombardi


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


An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises. – Mae West


Communication is the most important skill any leader can possess.  – Richard Branson


Everyone has a plan: until they get punched in the face. — Mike Tyson


Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too. — Robert Half


I have learned that people are more motivated by what they can give than by what they can get. Yet for years we have engaged people the other way around. – Jeremy Scrivens


Attract what you expect, reflect what you desire. Become what you respect, mirror what you admire.  – Anonymous


Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it. — Charles Swindoll


A boss creates fear, leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. — Russel Ewing


Too many kings can ruin an army. – Homer


You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. – John Maxwell


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


There is little success where there is little laughter. ~ Andrew Carnegie


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.


The employer generally gets the employees he deserves. —  J.PAUL GETTY


Leaders Set High Standards. Refuse To Tolerate Mediocrity Or Poor Performance


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


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


People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together. — Michelle Obama


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


Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!   – Andrew Carnegie


The true mark of a leader is the willingness to stick with a bold course of action — an unconventional business strategy, a unique product-development roadmap, a controversial marketing campaign — even as the rest of the world wonders why you’re not marching in step with the status quo. In other words, real leaders are happy to zig while others zag. They understand that in an era of hyper-competition and non-stop disruption, the only way to stand out from the crowd is to stand for something special. Bill Taylor


There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure. – Colin Powell


The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why. – Warren Bennis


If you want to build a boat, do not instruct the men to saw wood, stitch the sails, prepare the tools and organize the work, but make them long for setting sail and travel to distant lands. – Antoine De Saint-Exupery


The only place Success comes before Work is in the dictionary.  –Vince Lombardi


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 tale is told of a man in Paris during the upheaval in 1948, who saw a friend marching after a crowd toward the barricades. Warning him that these could not be held against the troops, that he had better keep way, he received this reply, ” I must follow them. I am their leader.  — A Lawrence Lowell


When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier. —Roy E. Disney


Leadership is no longer about your position.

It’s now more about your passion for excellence and making a difference

You can lead without a title. – Robin Sharma


Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients. – Richard Branson


Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ― William James


If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.  -Oprah Winfrey


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


Focus your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little life for yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.  – Barack Obama


As we look ahead into the 21st century, leaders will be those who empower others.  – Bill Gates


Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher. – Oprah Winfrey


The true measure of the value of any business leader and manager is performance. – Brian Tracy


 Earn your leadership every day.  – Michael Jordan


A goal without a plan is just a wish. — Larry Elder


My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better. — Steve Jobs


Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders. — Sloan Wilson


If anything’s relevant to your effectiveness: it is your body. It not only determines how convincing or trustworthy you seem to others but also how you feel and how much energy you’ve got left at the end of the day. – Steve Sisgold


Finally, I was able to see that if I had a contribution I wanted to make, I must do it, despite what others said. That I was OK the way I was. That it was all right to be strong.  -Wangari Maathai


Earn your leadership every day.  – Michael Jordan


Blowing out someone else’s candle won’t make yours shine brighter.  – Anonymous


Do what is right, not what is easy. –  Anonymous


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


Strong people don’t put others down, they lift them up .— Michael P Watson


The position doesn’t make anybody a leader. Being in charge doesn’t make the wrong person right.  – Tim Berry


If you arent making any mistakes, it’s a sure sign you’re playing it too safe. – John Maxwell


To lead people, walk beside them … As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate … When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves! – Lao-Tsu


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


Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.   — THEODORE ROOSEVELT


Clarity Is The Key To Effective Leadership. What Are Your Goals?


An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage. – Jack Welch


We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. —Kurt Vonnegut


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


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


The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%. –  Andrew Carnegie


Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals. –Unknown


I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. –Benjamin Franklin


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


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


When you are branding, you are branding.
When you are not branding, you are still branding.
Kevin Huhn


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


To lead, one must follow. — Lao Tzu


Leadership is a choice, not a position. —Stephen Covey


Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration—of oneself and of others. Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes. Leadership is not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others. It is an attitude, not a routine.  –  Lance Secretan


The boss drives people; the leader coaches them. The boss depends on authority; the leader on goodwill. The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm. The boss says I; The leader says WE. The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown. The boss says, GO; the leader says let’s GO! – Harry Gordon Selfridge


A leader is someone who holds her- or himself accountable for finding the potential in people and processes. –  Brené Brow


You just can’t beat the person who never gives up. ― Babe Ruth


Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. –Eleanor Roosevelt


The 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. – George Orwell


I began a revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action. – Fidel Castro


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


I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist. – Ginni Rometty


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


Champions keep playing until they get it right.  – Billie Jean King


All leaders are readers.  – Jim Rohn


If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. — Booker T


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


You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can’t sit on it for long.
— Boris Yeltsin


The quality of results achieved by any system depends on the quality of awareness from which people in the system operate. – Otto Scharmer


Leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes.  -Margaret Wheatley


It takes bravery to lead people, but the will to learn from others to succeed in it. –Ellie Hubbard


Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.  – John F. Kennedy


 Control your own destiny or someone else will. — Jack Welch


Leadership is not wielding authorityit’s empowering people. — Becky Brodin


You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together, we can do great things. – Mother Teresa


A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them. – John Maxwell


If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants. – Isaac Newton


The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.  ~ William Arthur Ward


Leaders grasp nettles.  — DAVID OGILVY


The Best Leaders Have A High Consideration Factor. They Really Care About Their People.


It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.  – Bill Gates


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


To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less. —Andre Malraux


Leaders need to provide strategy and direction and to give employees the tools that enable them to gather information and insight from around the world. Leaders shouldn’t try to make every decision.” — Bill Gates 


And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department. –  Andrew Carnegie


Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical. — Howard Schultz


Leaders conceive and articulate goals that lift people out of their petty preoccupations and unite them in pursuit of objectives worthy of their best efforts.  – John Gardner


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


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


A noble leader answers not to the trumpet calls of self-promotion, but to the hushed whispers of necessity.  – Mollie Marti


The man who promises everything is sure to fulfill nothing, and everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises and is already on the road to perdition. – Carl Jung


People trust people more than they trust institutions. ― Joe Chernov


Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. –Les Brown


Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. – Mother Teresa


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


Great leaders harness personal courage, capture the hearts and minds of others and empower new leaders to make the world a better place. – Maxine Driscoll


We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark. – Whoopi Goldberg


Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. —Publilius Syrus


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


Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream. – Peter McWilliams


To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan but also believe. — Anatole France


Power isn’t control at all-power is strength, and giving that strength

to others. A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him

stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that

they may have the strength to stand on their own.  — Beth Revis


Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and it annoys the pig. — George Bernard Shaw


Wholehearted people cultivate courage, compassion, and connection. They wake up knowing: I am enough. They go to bed thinking: I’m imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the fact that I’m brave and worthy of love and belonging. – Brene Brown


We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.  –Beyoncé


An example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.  – Albert Schweitzer


The x-factor of great leadership is not personality, it’s humility. – Jim Collins


 To do great things is difficult, but to command great things is more difficult. — Friedrich Nietzsche


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


Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value. – Albert Einstein


If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone. ~John Maxwell


Each group and each youngster is different. As a leader or coach, you get to know what they need. –  Mike Krzyzewski


Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.  ~ Jamie Paolinetti


Leadership is the other side of the coin of loneliness, and he who is a leader must always act alone, And acting, accept everything alone.  — FERDINAND MARCOS


The Effective Leader Recognizes That They Are More Dependent On Their People Than They Are On Them. Walk Softly.


If you want to make enemies, try to change something. – Woodrow Wilson


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


Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine. CHRIS HADFIELD


I resolved to stop accumulating and begin the infinitely more serious and difficult task of wise distribution. – Andrew Carnegie


The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails. -John Maxwell


Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you’re generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make. — Donald Trump


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


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


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


There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity, and courage. – Fuchan Yuan


When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.  – Henry Ford


If you hire only those people you understand, the company will never get people better than you are. Always remember that you often find outstanding people among those you don’t particularly like.  ― Soichiro Honda


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. –Mark Twain


Mountaintops inspire leaders but valleys mature them. –  Winston Churchill


Never interrupt your enemy when he’s making a mistake. – Napoleon Bonaparte


Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela


Until you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great. – Cher


Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise. —Woodrow Wilson


It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.  – Warren Buffett


the 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


Managing to have a sense of humor makes it a lot easier to manage people. — Steve Wilson


The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones. — Brandon Sanderson


I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it. BILL GATES


Reorganization to me is moving boxes around. Transformation means fundamentally changing the way the organization thinks, the way it responds, the way it leads. – Lou Gerstner


Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. Anais Nin


Leaders never stop learning. –  Christine Caine


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


Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership.  — Dee Hock


No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.  ABRAHAM LINCOLN


To build trust, a leader must exhibit competence, connection, and character.  – John Maxwell


As a leader, it’s a major responsibility on your shoulders to practice the behavior you want others to follow. – Himanshu Bhatia


Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.  ~ Ancient Indian Proverb


Strong convictions precede great actions.  — JAMES FREEMAN CLARKE


Leaders Never Use The Word Failure. They Look Upon Setbacks As Learning Experiences.


Do you have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. – Winston Churchill


A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together. —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


People have to trust you. You have to build in trust for people. — Jack Welch


There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else.  – Andrew Carnegie


Everyone has an idea, but it’s really about executing the idea and attracting other people to help you with the idea. – Jack Dorsey


I’m sad to report that in the past few years, ever since uncertainty became our insistent 21st-century companion, leadership has taken a great leap backward to the familiar territory of command and control.  – Margaret Wheatley


Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it. —Margaret Thatcher


Leadership must be based on goodwill. Goodwill does not mean posturing and, least of all, pandering to the mob. It means an obvious and wholehearted commitment to helping followers. We are tired of leaders we fear, tired of leaders we love, and of tired of leaders who let us take liberties with them. What we need for leaders are men of the heart who are so helpful that they, in effect, do away with the need of their jobs. But leaders like that are never out of a job, never out of followers. Strange as it sounds, great leaders, gain authority by giving it away. – James B. Stockdale


Dollars have never been known to produce character, and character will never be produced by money. I’ll invest my money in people.  ― W.K. Kellogg


I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.  –Michael Jordan


Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity. – Reed Markham


In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson


You can’t lead anyone if you can’t lead yourself!  – Maxine Driscoll


I raise up my voice — not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. – Malala Yousafzai


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 conclude you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. —Colin Powell


He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly. – James Allen


Leadership is about creating, day by day, a domain in which we and those around us continually deepen our understanding of reality and are able to participate in shaping the future. This, then, is the deeper


I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. — Bill Cosby


I am endlessly fascinated that playing football is considered
a training ground for leadership, but raising children isn’t. — Dee Dee Myers


If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. — Henry Ford


Parents may want to initiate positive change in their families, like the kids take more responsibility for chores in the house. That can be a tough change issue. If you know how to do this, you can change IBM. – Terrence Seamon


A woman is like a teabag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water. Eleanor Roosevelt


A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men. — Stephen King


A manager says “go”, a leader says “let’s go”.  — John Maxwell


The more serious you take your growth, the more serious your people will take you. – John Maxwell


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


If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. ~ Sheryl Sandberg


You have no power at all if you do not exercise constant power. — MAJOR OWENS


Practice Golden Rule Management In Everything You Do. Manage Others The Way You Would Like To Be Managed.


When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out. —Napoleon Bonaparte


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


People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents. – Andrew Carnegie


I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.  — Muhammad Ali


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


One of the greatest talents of all is the talent to recognize and to develop talent in others. – Colin Powell


Leaders grow; they are not made. – Peter Drucker


Great leaders are willing to sacrifice the numbers to save the people. Poor leaders sacrifice the people to save the numbers. ― Simon Sinek


I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.  –Stephen Covey


You have to look at leadership through the eyes of the followers and you have to live the message. What I have learned is that people become motivated when you guide them to the source of their own power and when you make heroes out of employees who personify what you want to see in the organization. – Anita Roddick


If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.  – Maya Angelou


To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater. – Bono


Leadership is the key to 99 percent of all successful efforts. —Erskine Bowles


The distance between number one and number two is always constant. If you want to improve the organization, you have to improve yourself and the organization gets pulled up with you. – Indra Nooyi


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


If you always blame others for your mistakes, you will never improve. — Joy Gumz


The change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. – Barack Obama


Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships. — Michael Jordan


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


In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.
— Warren Buffet


Most of us were taught that it’s selfish to pursue what we love. Thus, we set aside what makes us different and unique. While when we offer our unique contribution, we are at our best and we can make a difference. Withholding who we are becomes the selfish act! – Peggy Holman


The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them. Ida B. Wells


 The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. — Amelia Earhart


If you delegate tasks, you create followers. If you delegate authority, you create leaders.


When people talk, listen completely. – Ernest Hemingway


Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. ~ Joshua J. Marine


When placed in command take charge — NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF


Superior Leaders Are Willing To Admit A Mistake And Cut Their Losses. Be Willing To Admit That You’ve Changed Your Mind. Don’t Persist When The Original Decision Turns Out To Be A Poor One.


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


So much of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to work. —Peter Drucker


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

Remember the essence of these most powerful leadership quotes to become an extraordinary leader. We can harness their knowledge and develop the skills needed for leadership. Let these powerful leadership quotes be your constant companion as you initiate inspiring change, influence others, and make a lasting impact.

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