60 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes,A collection of famous quotes about leaders and leadership

60 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes,A collection of famous quotes about leaders and leadership

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“Do not do that which you would not have known.” – Benjamin Franklin

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

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

“Do you know that one of the great problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas?” – Margaret Thatcher

“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. Who cares? Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” ― Tina Fey, Bossypants

“Don't be afraid to take a big step when one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small steps.” – David Lloyd George

“Don't blow off another's candle for it won't make yours shine brighter. ”   – Jaachynma N.E. Agu

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

“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. Who cares? Do your thing, and don't care if they like it. ”   – Tina Fey

“Earn your leadership every day. ” – Michael Jordan

“Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.”   –  Henry Peter Brougham

“Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

“Every leader needs to look back once in a while to make sure he has followers.”   – Author Unknown

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” –  Albert Schweitzer

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” –  Henry Ford

“Feedback is a gift. Ideas are the currency of our next success. Let people see you value both feedback and ideas.” – Jim Trinka and Les Wallace

“Flock of birds in flight Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.”  – Chinese Proverb

“Followers who tell the truth, and leaders who listen to it, are an unbeatable combination.” – Warren Bennis

“Glass, china, and reputation, are easily crack'd, and never well mended.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Go to the people. Learn from them. Live with them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. The best of leaders when the job is done, when the task is accomplished, the people will say we have done it ourselves. ”  – Lao Tzu

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

“Great leaders find ways to connect with their people and help them fulfill their potential.” – Steven J. Stowell

“Great things happen nationally when topmost leadership is goaded and supported from below.” – John Gardner

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” –  Mahatma Gandhi

“He makes a great mistake … who supposes that authority is firmer or better established when it is founded by force than that which is welded by affection. ”  – Terence

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

“He who has great power should use it lightly.”   – Seneca

“He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.”  – Solon

“How do you know you have won? When the energy is coming the other way and when your people are visibly growing individually and as a group.”   – Sir John Harvey-Jones

“I am more afraid of an army of one hundred sheep led by a lion than an army of one hundred lions led by a sheep.”   – Charles Maurice

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

“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 trust a man to control others who cannot control himself. ”   – Robert E. Lee

“I don't see myself being special; I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to me to do things for them, to have answers.  ”  – Tupac Shakur

“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

“I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will eventually triumph. And there is purpose and worth to each and every life.” –  Ronald Reagan 

“I praise loudly, I blame softly. ”  –  Catherine the Great

“I start each day by telling myself what a positive influence I am on this world.” – Peter Daisyme

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

“I suppose that leadership at one time meant muscle; but today it means getting along with people. ”  – Indira Gandhi

“If a rhinoceros were to enter this restaurant now, there is no denying he would have great power here. But I should be the first to rise and assure him that he had no authority whatever. ”  –  G.K. Chesterton to Alexander Woollcott

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

“If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall in the ditch. ”  – Jesus Christ

“If two or three persons should come with a high spiritual aim and with great powers, the world would fall into their hands like a ripe peach. ”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If we are together nothing is impossible. If we are divided all will fail.” –  Winston Churchill

“If you really want the key to success, start by doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing. ”   – Brad Szollose

“If you spend your life trying to be good at everything, you will never be great at anything.”    – Tom Rath

“If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.” – Thomas J. Watson, Jr.

“If you think you are leading and turn around to see no one following, then you are just taking a walk.”  – Benjamin Hooks

“If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. ”   – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That's much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.” ― Marie Lu, Legend

“If you wish a general to be beaten, send him a ream full of instructions; if you wish him to succeed, give him a destination, and bid him conquer. ”  – Augustus 

“If you work in government, you'll see things that need doing. You can choose to stay out of trouble, or you can ask yourself, 'If not me, who?'” – Bob Stone

“If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see. ”   – Henry David Thoreau

“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

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

“I'll can he rule the great that cannot reach the small. ”  – Edmund Spenser

“In a battle between two ideas, the best one doesn't necessarily win. No, the idea that wins is the one with the most fearless heretic behind it.  ”  – Seth Godin

“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. ” – President Harry Truman

“In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are. ”   – Max De Pree

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