100 Leadership Quotes To Bring The Leader In You

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These leadership quotes will bring out the leader in you.

One thing about being a leader is, that you do not have to have people directly under you. You can just be you and still influence people. Leadership doesn’t need to be loud it shouldn’t unless it is really necessary.

Another interesting thing about leadership is that you can be your leader.

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Enjoy these leadership quotes, I hope they inspire you to be a great leader.

Editor’s Pick

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

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2. “You manage things; you lead people.” Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

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

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

5. “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill

6. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want to be done because he wants to do it.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
7. “The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.” Padmasree Warrior

8. “A leader is a dealer in hope.” Napoleon Bonaparte

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

10. “To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.” Andre Malraux

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

12. “A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them.” M.D. Arnold

13. “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

14. “People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.” Thomas Sowell
15. “A leader should have higher grit and tenacity, and be able to endure what the employees can’t.” Jack Ma

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

17. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Steve Jobs

18. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin

19. “Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people to inspire and empower their lives.” Oprah Winfrey

20. “Leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing.” Mary D. Poole

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21. “The question, ‘Who ought to be boss?’, is like asking, ‘Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?’ The man who can sing tenor.” Alexander den Heijer

22. “Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss. Or they won’t.” Jim Collins

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

24. “A good manager is a person who isn’t worried about his career but rather the careers of those who work for him.” H. S. M. Burns

25. “The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.” Casey Stengel

26. “It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.” Adlai Stevenson

27. “Leadership is your ability to hide your panic from others.” Laozi

28. “Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes.” Lewis Grizzard

29. “Bad leaders are like baths they either do too much or not enough.” Vicki Halsey

30. “Money won’t make you happy but everybody wants to find out for themselves.” Zig Ziglar

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31. “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” George Bernard Shaw

32. “In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.” Tina Fey

33. “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.” Douglas Adams

34. “Always drink upstream from the herd.” Will Rogers

35. “When I finally got a management position, I found out how hard it is to lead and manage people.” Guy Kawasaki

36. “First rule of leadership: everything is your fault.” A Bug’s Life

37. “What Washington needs is adult supervision.” Barack Obama

38. “Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head.” Euripides

39. “Never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path then, by all means, you should follow that.” George S. Patton

40. “I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?” Benjamin Disraeli

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41. “As leaders, we’re not always going to do things right. We’re going to make mistakes. We’re even going to make decisions that lead to failures. We need to learn from those mistakes and continue to take risks.” Unknown

42. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” President John Quincy Adams, USA

43. “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” Margaret Fuller

44. “Titles don’t make you a leader, impact does.” Unknown

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

46. “Leadership is action, not position.” Donald H. McGannon

47. “A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” Arnold Glasow

48. “He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.” Aristotle

49. “Courageous leaders learn to live a consistent life of constant devotion to God in all circumstances.” Unknown

50. “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.” Robert Louis Stevenson

51. “The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say “I”.  They don’t think “I.” They think “we”; they think “team.” Peter Drucker

52. “Great leaders care for their followers.” Unknown

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

54. “When we fail to challenge our teams, we fail to get the best out of our teams.” Unknown

55. “A leader knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” John C. Maxwell

56. “In leadership, tasks, and relationships are tied together…The concern for the task must equal the concern for relationships. If an imbalance is present, your mission will eventually fail.” Unknown

57. “You can’t lead anyone if you can’t lead yourself!” Maxine Driscoll

58. “I never thought in terms of being a leader. I thought very simply in terms of helping people.” John Hume

59. “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

60. “If there is no wind, row.” Latin Proverb

Bad leadership quotes

61. “You don’t necessarily need atomic bombs to destroy a nation. Politicians who value their pockets more than the life of citizens always do that every day.” IsraelmoreAyivor

62. “Bad managers don’t listen to their employees because it makes them feel insecure when they find that employees are smarter than themselves.” Unknown

63. “Managers do things right. Leaders do the right thing.” Warren Bennis

64. “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better.” Steve Jobs

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

66. “No party is as bad as its leaders.” Will Rogers

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

68. “A leader knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” John Maxwell

69. “Great and pure thoughts cannot be deposited in minds accumulated with rubbish.” Michael Bassey Johnson.

70. “While some communities are chasing visions out, others are chasing one another away. While some leaders love breaking records, others love breaking constructed buildings. Good leaders deserve golden trophies while the gas cylinder is o.k for the bad ones!” IsraelmoreAyivor

71. “I cannot believe what you say coz I can see what you do.” Unknown

72. “In the simplest terms, a leader knows where he wants to go, and gets up and goes.” John Erskine

73. “A man has to make at least one bet a day, else he could be walking around lucky and never know It.” Jim Jones

74. “I think I’m a natural-born leader. I know how to bow down to authority if it’s an authority that I respect.” Unknown

75. “The good people of a nation always vote a bad leader as a president in Africa.” Aboagye Williamson De-graft

76. “Never follow a follower who is following someone who has fallen. It’s why the whole world is falling apart.” Suzy Kassem

77. “No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced.” David Attenborough.

78. “Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.” General George Patton

79. “Leaders need to have a ruthless commitment to resolving relational conflict regardless of how bad it feels.” Bill Hybels

80. “When you are too embarrassed to ask for help, that’s a little knock at your door saying “you’re insecure”!” Jocko Willink.

Inspiring leadership quotes

81. “To add value to others, one must first value others.” John Maxwell

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

83. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” George Addair

84. “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

85. “Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.” Brian Tracy

86. “The things we fear most in organizations–fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances–are the primary sources of creativity.” Margaret Wheatley

87. “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” Jim Rohn

88. “Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” Henry Ford

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

90. “People respond well to those that are sure of what they want.” Anna Wintour

91. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” Ayn Rand

92. “A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.” – Joe DiMaggio

93. “A leader is someone who holds her- or himself accountable for finding the potential in people and processes.” Brené Brown

94. “What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” Plutarch

95. “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

96. “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Napoleon Hill

97. “Make the right decision even when no one is watching, especially when no one is watching, and you will always turn out okay.” Kim Kaupe

98. “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

99. “People who are powerful lift others up. Truly powerful people bring others together.” Michelle Obama

100. “Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their bar.” Orrin Woodward


I hope you found whatever you were looking for in this leadership quotes list. Go forth and lead with grace.

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