Top 100 Leadership Quotes Inspirational

Leadership is about more than a title. A good leader can inspire their team and the world at large by their actions and their words.

Leadership quotes can inspire you and change the way you think and feel about yourself and others. When you change the way you think, you can change the quality of your life in an instant.

In the entire universe, you only have control over one thing – your thoughts. These 100 best leadership quotes can help you take control over your thoughts, and your destiny!

Inspiring Leadership Quotes

Leadership Quotes (1): 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 best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. — Lao Tzu

Leadership Quotes (2): Where there is no vision, the people perish. — Proverbs 29:18

Where there is no vision, the people perish. — Proverbs 29:18

Leadership Quotes (3): I must follow the people. Am I not their leader? — Benjamin Disraeli

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

Leadership Quotes (4): You manage things; you lead people. — Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

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

Leadership Quotes (5): 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

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 Quotes (6): Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. — Warren Bennis

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

Leadership Quotes (7): Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. — General George Patton

Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. — General George Patton

Leadership Quotes (8): Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. — 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

Leadership Quotes (9): A leader is a dealer in hope. — Napoleon Bonaparte

A leader is a dealer in hope. — Napoleon Bonaparte

Leadership Quotes (10): You don’t need a title to be a leader. – Multiple Attributions

You don’t need a title to be a leader. – Multiple Attributions

Leadership Quotes (11): A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. — John Maxwell

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

Leadership Quotes (12): 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

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

Leadership Quotes (13): 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 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 Quotes (14): 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 doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead

Leadership Quotes (15): 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 nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground. — Sir Winston Churchill

Leadership Quotes (16): 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 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

Leadership Quotes (17): To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less. — Andre Malraux

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

Leadership Quotes (18): He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. — Aristotle

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

Leadership Quotes (19): Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position. — Brian Tracy

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

Leadership Quotes (20): I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. — Ralph Nader

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. — Ralph Nader

Leadership Quotes (21): Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. — Peter Drucker

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. — Peter Drucker

Leadership Quotes (22): Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. — Publilius Syrus

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

Leadership Quotes (23): A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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

Leadership Quotes (24): 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 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

Leadership Quotes (25): Leadership is influence. — John C. Maxwell

Leadership is influence. — John C. Maxwell

Leadership Quotes (26): 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

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

Leadership Quotes (27): When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out. — Napoleon Bonaparte

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

Leadership Quotes (28): 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

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

Leadership Quotes (29): People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. — John Maxwell

People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. — John Maxwell

Leadership Quotes (30): So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work. — Peter Drucker

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

Leadership Quotes (31): The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes. — Tony Blair

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

Leadership Quotes (32): 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

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

Leadership Quotes (33): The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. — Kenneth Blanchard

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. — Kenneth Blanchard

Leadership Quotes (34): A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible. — Polybius

A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible. — Polybius

Leadership Quotes (35): A great leader's courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position. — John Maxwell

A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position. — John Maxwell

Leadership Quotes (36): 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 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

Leadership Quotes (37): 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 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 Quotes (38): 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

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

Leadership Quotes (39): 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

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 Quotes (40): A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward. — Ovid

A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward. — Ovid

Leadership Quotes (41): 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

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

Leadership Quotes (42): Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. — General Dwight Eisenhower

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

Leadership Quotes (43): The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist. — Eric Hoffer

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

Leadership Quotes (44): Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems. — Brian Tracy

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

Leadership Quotes (45): A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. — Max Lucado

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

Leadership Quotes (46): Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. — General George Patton

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

Leadership Quotes (47): As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. — Bill Gates

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

Leadership Quotes (48): 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

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

Leadership Quotes (49): Do what you feel in your heart to be right–for you’ll be criticized anyway. — Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Leadership Quotes (50): Don't necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership. — Donald Rumsfeld

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

Leadership Quotes (51): Education is the mother of leadership. — Wendell Willkie

Education is the mother of leadership. — Wendell Willkie

Leadership Quotes (52): Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. — Stephen Covey

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

Leadership Quotes (53): 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 almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand. — General Colin Powell

Leadership Quotes (54): Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths. — John Zenger

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

Leadership Quotes (55): He who has great power should use it lightly. — Seneca

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

Leadership Quotes (56): He who has learned how to obey will know how to command. — Solon

He who has learned how to obey will know how to command. — Solon

Leadership Quotes (57): I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be. — Warren Bennis

I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be. — Warren Bennis

Leadership Quotes (58): 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 cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody. — Herbert Swope

Leadership Quotes (59): If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities. — Maya Angelou

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

Leadership Quotes (60): 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 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

Leadership Quotes (61): If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. — John Quincy Adams

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

Leadership Quotes (62): In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. — Thomas Jefferson

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

Leadership Quotes (63): It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself. — Latin Proverb

It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself. — Latin Proverb

Leadership Quotes (64): 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

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

Leadership Quotes (65): Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be led. — Ross Perot

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

Leadership Quotes (66): 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 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

Leadership Quotes (67): Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. — John C. Maxwell

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

Leadership Quotes (68): Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. — John F. Kennedy

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

Leadership Quotes (69): Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day. — Jesse Jackson

Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day. — Jesse Jackson

Leadership Quotes (70): Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise. — Woodrow Wilson

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

Leadership Quotes (71): Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. —Norman Schwarzkopf

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

Leadership Quotes (72): 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

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

Leadership Quotes (73): Leadership is the key to 99 percent of all successful efforts. — Erskine Bowles

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

Leadership Quotes (74): Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better. —Bill Bradley

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

Leadership Quotes (75): Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing. —Tom Peters

Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing. —Tom Peters

Leadership Quotes (76): Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. —Stephen Covey

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. —Stephen Covey

Leadership Quotes (77): Never give an order that can't be obeyed. —General Douglas MacArthur

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

Leadership Quotes (78): No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent. —Abraham Lincoln

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent. —Abraham Lincoln

Leadership Quotes (79): What you do has far greater impact than what you say. —Stephen Covey

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

Leadership Quotes (80): Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow. — Chinese Proverb

Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow. — Chinese Proverb

Leadership Quotes (81): One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. —Arnold Glasow

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

Leadership Quotes (82): The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on. —Walter Lippman

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on. —Walter Lippman

Leadership Quotes (83): The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision. — Ken Blanchard

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

Leadership Quotes (84): The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership. — Harvey Firestone

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

Leadership Quotes (85): To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult. — Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Leadership Quotes (86): To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way. — Pat Riley

To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way. — Pat Riley

Leadership Quotes (87): 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

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

Leadership Quotes (88): We live in a society obsessed with public opinion. But leadership has never been about popularity. — Marco Rubio

We live in a society obsessed with public opinion. But leadership has never been about popularity. — Marco Rubio

Leadership Quotes (89): Whatever you are, be a good one. — Abraham Lincoln

Whatever you are, be a good one. — Abraham Lincoln

Leadership Quotes (90): 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 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

Leadership Quotes (91): A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops. — John J Pershing

A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops. — John J Pershing

Leadership Quotes (92): A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit. — John Maxwell

A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit. — John Maxwell

Leadership Quotes (93): There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage. — Fuchan Yuan

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

Leadership Quotes (94): I am endlessly fascinated that playing football is considered a training ground for leadership, but raising children isn't. — Dee Dee Myers

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

Leadership Quotes (95): A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men. — Stephen King

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

Leadership Quotes (96): My responsibility is getting all my players playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back. – Unknown

My responsibility is getting all my players playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back. – Unknown

Leadership Quotes (97): A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week. –George Patton

A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week. –George Patton

Leadership Quotes (98): The supreme quality of leadership is integrity. – Dwight Eisenhower

The supreme quality of leadership is integrity. – Dwight Eisenhower

Leadership Quotes (99): You don’t lead by hitting people over the head— that’s assault, not leadership. –Dwight Eisenhower

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

Leadership Quotes (100): Earn your leadership every day. – Michael Jordan

Earn your leadership every day. – Michael Jordan

Source: Forbes.com

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