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85 Inspiring Quotes on Leadership

Famous Leadership Quotes

What is Leadership??? Is it an art or science??? There has been a lot of discussion on the work with various approaches. Leadership is forlorn because no matter how big your team is, its only you who has to motivate yourself. Below are some of the inspirational quotes on Leadership.

Quotes on Leadership

  1. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi
  2. “If there is such a thing as good leadership, it is to give a good example. I have to do so for all the IKEA employees.” – Ingvar Kamprad
  3. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” - John F. Kennedy
  4. “The speed of the leader determines the speed of the gang.” - Mary Kay Ash
  5. “He who believes is strong; he who doubt is weak. Strong convictions precede great action.” - J. F. Clarke
  6. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” - Mother Teresa
  7. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” - Amelia Earhart
  8. “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
  9. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  10. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” - Henry Ford
  11. “Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.” - Seth Godin
  12. “Sometimes, I think my most important job as a CEO is to listen for bad news. If you don’t act on it, your people will eventually stop bringing bad news to your attention and that is the beginning of the end.” - Bill Gates
  13. “A real leader faces the music even when he doesn’t like the tune.” - Arnold H. Glassgow
  14. “Kindness is more powerful than compulsion.” - Charles Schwab
  15. “Be great in little things.” - St. Francis Xavier
  16. “There are no working hours for leaders.” - James Cardinal Gibbons
  17. “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.” - Steve Jobs
  18. “The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there. People will follow.” - Seth Godin
  19. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  20. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” - Audrey Hepburn
  21. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” - Robert Louis Stevenson
  22. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” - Aristotle Onassis
  23. “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  24. “Calamity is the test of integrity.” - Samuel Richardson
  25. “It’s alright to be Goliath but always act like David.” - Philip Knight
  26. “Your arrows do not carry, observed the master; because they do not reach far enough spiritually.”- Zen Master
  27. “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
  28. “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” - Dalai Lama
  29. “A little thing is a little thing but faithfulness in a little thing is a great thing.” - Hudson Taylor
  30. “Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  31. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” - Alice Walker
  32. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” - Jimmy Dean
  33. “The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.” - Tony Blair
  34. “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.” -Winston Churchill
  35. “Beware of those who stand aloof and greet each venture with reproof. The world would stop if things were run by men who say ‘it can’t be done.” - Samuel Glover
  36. “Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” - John F. Kennedy
  37. “Be a life long student, read as many books as possible.” - Nelson Mandela
  38. “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
  39. “The ability to deal with people is as purchasable as a commodity as sugar or coffee and I will pay more for that ability than for any other thing under the sun.” - John D. Rockefeller
  40. “To lead people, walk behind them.” - Lao Tzu
  41. “Do not fear when your enemies criticize you. Beware when they applaud.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  42. “Cowards die many times before their death. The valiant never taste death but once.” - William Shakespeare
  43. “Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgments.” - Dr Warne W. Dyer
  44. “I hire people brighter than me and I get out of their way.” - Lee Iacocca
  45. “When somebody challenges you, fight back. Be brutal, be tough.” - Donald Trump
  46. “Leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing.” - Mary D. Poole
  47. “Be as careful as to the books you read as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as the latter.” - Poxton Hood
  48. “If you want to be great and successful, choose people who are great and successful and walk side by side with them.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  49. “Fire is the test of gold, adversity of strong men.” - Seneca
  50. “To win one hundred battles in one hundred victories is not the ACME of skills. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the ACME of skill.” - Sun Tzu
  51. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and only five Minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you will do things differently.” - Warren Buffett
  52. “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” - Winston Churchill
  53. “Giving people self confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do because then they will act.” - Jack Welch
  54. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” - Stephen Covey
  55. “Control your own destiny or someone else will.” - Jack Welch
  56. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” - Ayn Rand
  57. “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” - Farrah Gray
  58. “If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” - Vincent Van Gogh
  59. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” - Dwight D. Eisenhower
  60. “If you see a snake, just kill it. Don’t appoint a committee on snakes.” - Henry Ross Perot
  61. “Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” - John D. Rockefeller
  62. “Punishing honest mistakes stifles creativity. I want people moving and shaking the earth and they are going to make mistakes.” - Henry Ross Perot
  63. “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
  64. “He who establishes his argument by noise is weak and command shows that his reason is weak.” - Montaigne
  65. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” - Albert Einstein
  66. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” - Vince Lombardi
  67. “Nothing will work unless you do.” - Maya Angelou
  68. “Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it.” - Charles Swindoll
  69. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” - George Addair
  70. “The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay.” - Steve Jobs
  71. “It takes character and control to be understanding and forgiving.” - Dale Carnegie
  72. “Inventories can be managed but people must be led.” - Henry Ross Perot
  73. “When people are placed in positions slightly above what they expect, they are apt to excel.” - Richard Branson
  74. “If you hear a voice within you saying ‘you are not a painter’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” - Vincent Van Gogh
  75. “Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determinations.” - John Seaman Garns
  76. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” - Les Brown
  77. “Do or do not. There is no try.” - Yoda
  78. “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” - Napoleon Hill
  79. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” - Albert Einstein
  80. “What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” - Plutarch
  81. “The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.” - Faye Wattleton
  82. “Leaders live by choice, not by accident.” - Mark Gorman
  83. “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
  84. “Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity” - Reed Markham
  85. “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” - Jack Welch

Above were few of the insightful Leadership Quotes, we hope that you must have enjoyed reading them.

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