A collection of famous 100 leadership quotes is a great source of inspiration

A collection of famous 100 leadership quotes is a great source of inspiration

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“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Eliot

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be. ”   – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Our country, right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be set right.” – Carl Schurz

“Our work is our most important resource to develop our people.” – Jim Trinka and Les Wallace

“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

“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives. ”  – Theodore Roosevelt

“People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.”    – John Maxwell

“People don't care how much you know–until they know how much you care.” – John C. Maxwell

“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

“Pride is the fuel of human accomplishment.” – General Bill Creech 

“Remember the difference between a boss and a leader; a boss says Go! – a leader says Let's go! ”  – E.M. Kelly

“Remember, teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability. ”   – Patrick Lencioni

“Show me the man you honor and I will know what kind of man you are. ”  – Thomas John Carlisle

“Speak Softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. ”  – Theodore Roosevelt

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.” – Conrad Hilton

“Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity.” – Reed Markham

“Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way ”   – Ronald Reagan

“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”   – Andrew Jackson

“The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. ”  – Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

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

“The best is he who calls men to the best. And those who heed the call are also blessed. But worthless who call not, heed not, but rest.”   – Hesiod

“The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.” –  Thomas Jefferson

“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 day the soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you 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

“The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated. ” – William James

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.” –  Vince Lombardi

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

“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 function of a leader within any institution: to provide that regulation through his or her non-anxious, self-defined presence. ”  – Edwin H. Friedman, A Failure of Nerve

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” –  Eleanor Roosevelt

“The greater a man is in power above others, the more he ought to excel them in virtue. None ought to govern who is not better than the governed.”   – Publilius Syrus

“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

“The greatness of a leader is measured by the achievements of the led.  This is the ultimate test of his effectiveness.” – Gen. Omar Bradley

“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.”  – Harvey S. Firestone

“The history of the world is but the biography of great men.” –  Thomas Carlyle

“The leader is one who mobilizes others toward a goal shared by leaders and followers. … Leaders, followers and goals make up the three equally necessary supports for leadership.”   – Gary Wills

“The leader must know, must know that he knows, and must be able to make it abundantly clear to those around him that he knows. ”  – Clarence Randall

“The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic. ” – George Orwell, author

“The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone.  You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it. ”  – Elaine Agather

“The led must not be compelled. They must be able to choose their own leader.”  – Albert Einstein, physicist

“The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones. ”   – Brandon Sanderson

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ― William Arthur Ward

“The men who have done big things are those who were not afraid to attempt big things, who were not afraid to risk failure in order to gain success.” – B.C. Forbes

“The most important thing about a commander is his effect on morale.” – Field Marshall Viscount Slim

“The people follow the example of those above them.”   – Chinese Proverb

“The power is detested, and miserable the life, of him who wishes to be feared rather than to be loved.”   – Cornelius Nepos

“The real leader has no need to lead–he is content to point the way.”  – Henry Miller

“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there. ”  – John Buchan

“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been. ”  –  Henry Kissinger

“The time is always right to do what is right.” –  Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”  – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet. ”   – Father Theodore M. Hesburgh

“The…thing you can do to make your agency a more interesting place to work and consequently less bureaucratic is to enable those under you to feel they control their own areas of work. In this way they acquire a sense of ownership in what gets done and how they do it.” – Kenneth Ashworth

“There are three kinds of people: Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who ask, 'What happened?'” – Casey Stengel 

“There are two ways of exerting one’s strength; one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.” –  Booker T. Washington

“There go my people.  I must find out where they are going so I can lead them.”   – Alexandre Ledru-Rollin

“There go the people.I must follow them for I am their leader. ”  – Alexandre Ledru-Rollin

“There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss. Both are based on authority. A boss demands blind obedience; a leader earns his authority through understanding and trust. ”   – Klaus Balkenhol

“There is a significant difference between a leader and a cheerleader. ”  – Author Unknown

“There is always room for a man of force and he makes room for many. Society is a troop of thinkers and the best heads among them take the best places. ”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob. ” – Oscar Wilde

“To be a great leader and so always master of the situation, one must of necessity have been a great thinker in action. An eagle was never yet hatched from a goose's egg. ”  – James Thomas

“To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

“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 lead people, walk beside them. As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence … When the best leader's work is done, the people say, 'We did it ourselves!' ” – Lao Tsu, Chinese philosopher 

“To lead the people, walk behind them.”   – Lao-Tzu

“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. ” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Trust is the essence of Leadership.” – Colin Powell

“Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.” ― John F. Kennedy

“We have great managers who haven't spent a day in management school.  Do we have great surgeons that haven't spent a day in surgical school?”   – Henry Mintzberg

“We talk about deadwood, but we don't talk to deadwood.”  – Zane Schauer, NOAA

“We're here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark. ”   – Whoopi Goldberg

“What chance gathers she easily scatters. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together. ”   – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”- Nelson Mandela

“What you cannot enforce / Do not command. ”  – Sophocles

“When eagles are silent, parrots begin to chatter. ”   – Winston Churchill

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

“When people feel trusted, they'll do almost anything under the sun not to disappoint the person who gave them the gift of trust.” – Rob LeBow

“When things go wrong in your command, start searching for the reason in increasingly large circles around your own desk. ” – Gen. Bruce Clarke

“When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command.  Very often, that person is crazy. ”  – Dave Barry

“When you put together deep knowledge about a subject that intensely matters to you, charisma happens. You gain courage to share your passion, and when you do that, folks follow. ”   – Jerry Porras

“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. ”   – Peter F. Drucker

“Where there is no vision, the people perish. ”  – Proverbs 29:18

“Whether you think you can or think you can't–you are right.” – Henry Ford

“While a good leader sustains momentum, a great leader increases it. ”  – John C. Maxwell

“Wisdom equals knowledge plus courage. You have to not only know what to do and when to do it, but you have to also be brave enough to follow through. ”   – Jarod Kintz

“Without leadership, command is a hollow experience, a vacuum often filled with mistrust and arrogance.. ”  – Eric Shinseki

“You are good. But it is not enough just to be good. You must be good for something. You must contribute good to the world. The world must be a better place for your presence. And the good that is in you must be spread to others….” ― Gordon B. Hinckley

“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

“You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too. ”  – Sam Rayburn

“You cannot be effective if those who work for you are not. So building their effectiveness ought to be a priority.” – Richard N. Haass

“You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.” – Reverend William John Henry Boetcker (1873-1962)

“You can't lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself. ”  – Gene Mauch

“You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That's assault, not leadership. ” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower

“You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader” – Henry Ford

“You don't have to hold a position in order to be a leader. ”  – Anthony J. D'Angelo

“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 get in life what you have the courage to ask for. ”   – Nancy D. Solomon

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