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90 Leadership Quotes From Indisputable Leaders

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If you are seeking something inspirational today, check out some of these great quotes from these indisputable leaders. The list includes the top 90 inspirational quotes on leadership and management. Enjoy!

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

  2. 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

  3. A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better. ~Jim Rohn

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

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

  6. 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

  7. 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

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

  9. A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless. ~Charles de Gaulle

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. ~Helen Keller

  13. As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the truth. ~John Whittier

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

  15. Authenticity is the alignment of head, mouth, heart, and feet –thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing–consistently. This builds trust, and followers love leaders they can trust. ~Lance Secretan

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

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

  18. 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.

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

  20. Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people. ~John D. Rockefeller

  21. 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

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

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

  24. 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

  25. I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier. ~Oprah Winfrey

  26. I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. ~Albert Einstein

  27. I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men. ~Lao Tzu

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

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

  30. I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. ~Gilbert K Chesterton

  31. If you tell me, it’s an essay. If you show me, it’s a story. ~Barbara Greene

  32. If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader. ~Dolly Parton

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

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

  35. Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds. ~SEAL Team Saying

  36. Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. ~Steve Jobs

  37. It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well. ~J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  38. 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

  39. It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. –Charles Darwin

  40. Jesus said several times, Come, follow me. His was a program of do what I do, rather than do what I say. His innate brilliance would have permitted him to put on a dazzling display, but that would have left his followers far behind. He walked and worked with those he was to serve. His was not a long~distance leadership. He was not afraid of close friendships; he was not afraid that proximity to him would disappoint his followers. The leaven of true leadership cannot lift others unless we are with and serve those to be led. ~Spencer W. Kimball

  41. Just because something isn’t a lie does not mean that it isn’t deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction. ~Criss Jami

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

  43. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  50. Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it. ~Marian Anderson

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

  52. 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

  53. My father had a simple test that helps me measure my own leadership quotient: When you are out of the office he once asked me, does you staff carry on remarkable well without you? ~Martha Peak

  54. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. ~Margaret Mead

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

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

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

  58. Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself. ~Thomas J. Watson Sr.

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

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

  61. 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

  62. People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. ~John Maxwell

  63. 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, Across the Universe

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

  65. The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of like is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give. ~William Arthur Ward

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

  67. 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

  68. 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 them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. ~Colin Powell

  69. 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

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

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

  72. The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I’. And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say ‘I’. They don’t think ‘I’. They think ‘we’; they think ‘team’. They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but ‘we’ gets the credit…. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done. ~Peter F. Drucker

  73. The leadership instinct you were born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it. ~Elaine Agather

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

  75. The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them. ~Ralph Nichols

  76. The only way to do great work is to love the work you do. ~Steve Jobs

  77. The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

  78. 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

  79. There is no persuasiveness more effectual than the transparency of a single heart, of a sincere life. ~Joseph Berber Lightfoot

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

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

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

  83. 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

  84. We know that leadership is very much related to change. As the pace of change accelerates, there is naturally a greater need for effective leadership. ~John Kotter

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

  86. 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

  87. 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

  88. 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

  89. You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out. ~Steve Jobs

  90. Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. ~Bill Gates

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