Top 50 Inspiring Quotes You Need to Read About Leadership

Top 50 Inspiring Quotes You Need to Read About Leadership

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“A bold onset is half the battle.”  – Giuseppe Garibaldi

“A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.”   – Henrik Johan Ibsen

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

“A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men.”  – Stephen King

“A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him.”   – General Douglas MacArthur

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

“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 leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them. ”   – M.D. Arnold

“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit. ” – Arnold Glasow

“A good leader takes care of those in their charge. A bad leader takes charge of those in their care. ” – Simon Sinek

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

“A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved.  He inspires the power and energy to get it done. ”  – Ralph Nader

“A leader is a dealer in hope.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“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 one who influences a specific group of people to move in a God-given direction.”   – J. Robert Clinton

“A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see and who sees before others see.”  – Leroy Eimes

“A leader isn't someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others so that they may have the strength to stand on their own. ”   – Beth Revis

“A leader leads by example not by Force. ”  – Sun Tzu

“A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not. ”  – Author Unknown

“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 would never go on their own. ”   – Hans Finzel

“A leader who doesn't hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.”   – Golda Meir

“A leader…is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.”  – Nelson Mandela

“A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason.” – J.P. Morgan

“A man is only a leader when a follower stands beside him. ”  – Mark Brouwer

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

“A reflective reading of history will show that no man ever rose to military greatness who could not convince his troops that he put them first, above all else.”  – Gen. Maxwell Taylor

“A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward.” – Ovid

“All leaders lead by example…whether they intend to or not.” – Unknown 

“All Leadership is influence. ”  – John C. Maxwell

“All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.” – Sir Walter Scott

“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 that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.” – Albert Einstein

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles have strengthened me…You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” –  Walt Disney

“Always do right. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” – Mark Twain

“Always remember, Son, the best boss is the one who bosses the least. Whether it's cattle, or horses, or men; the least government is the best government. ”   – Ralph Moody

“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.”  – Publilius Syrus

“As a leader, you're probably not doing a good job unless your employees can do a good impression of you when you're not around. ”  – Patrick Lencioni

“As a leader…your principal job is to create an operating environment where others can do great things.” – Richard Teerlink 

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

“Authority should be seen as a part of leadership, not as a way around it. ”  – Michael McKinney

“Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish. ”  – Anne Bradstreet

“Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar.”  – Orrin Woodward

“Be willing to make decisions. That's the most important quality in a good leader.”   – George S. Patton

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

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”  – Jack Welch

“Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off. ”   – Colin Powell

“Change from the top down happens at the will and whim of those below.” – Peter Block 

“Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership.”   – Eric Hoffer

“Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.”   – Winston Churchill

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