100 Leadership Themed Quotes

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100 Leadership Themed QuotesEvery time you have to speak, you are auditioning for leadership ~James Humes

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

Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you ~Margaret Thatcher

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

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

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

The task of the leader is to get their people from where they are to where they have not been ~Henry Kissinger

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

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

There are no office hours for leaders ~Cardinal J Gibbons

When people talk, listen completely ~Ernest Hemingway

I can give you a six ~word formula for success: Think things through ~then follow through ~Edward Rickenbacker

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

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 quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves ~Ray Kroc

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

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

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

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

Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it ~David Star Jordan

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

Leaders don’t inflict pain, they share pain ~Max Depree

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

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

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right thing ~Peter F Drucker

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers ~Ralph Nader

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality ~Warren G Bennis

There exist limitless opportunities in every industry Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier ~Charles F Kettering

A leader is a person you will follow to a place you would not go by yourself ~Joel Barker

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

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

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

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

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

The things we fear most in organizations ~fluctuations, distubances, imbalances ~are the primary sources of creativity ~Margaret Wheatley

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 takes people where they want to go A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be ~Rosalynn Carter

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

The price of greatness is responsibility ~Winston Churchill

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

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader ~Margaret Fuller

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

The highest of distinctions is service to others ~King George VI

If you’re not sure where you are going, you’re liable to end up someplace else ~Robert F Mager

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm ~Publilius Syrus

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

You manage things; you lead people ~Grace Murray Hopper

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

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

People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision ~John C Maxwell

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

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

Doing what is right isn’t the problem It is knowing what is right ~Lyndon B Johnson

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts ~Winston Churchill

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

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

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it ~Edith Wharton

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

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

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

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 take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go ~Jeanette Rankin

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other ~John F Kennedy

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

Real leadership is leaders recognizing that they serve the people that they lead ~Pete Hoekstra

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

To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult ~Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

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

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

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

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand ~Colin Powell

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

Leadership cannot really be taught It can only be learned ~Harold Geneen

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

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

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower ~Steve Jobs

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

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

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

The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision ~Ken Blanchard

The supreme quality of leadership is integrity ~Dwight D Eisenhower

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers ~Ralph Nader

Earn your leadership every day ~Michael Jordan

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

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

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

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

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power ~Abraham Lincoln

Leadership is an ever ~evolving position ~Mike Krzyzewski

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for ~Nancy D Solomon

Leadership is an action, not a position ~Donald McGannon

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

Whatever you are, be a good one ~Abraham Lincoln

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

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


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