50 Motivational Quotes About Leadership

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

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

3. “It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.” –Adlai E. Stevenson II

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

5. “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.” -Robert Louis Stevenson

6. “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets people to do the greatest things.” -Ronald Reagan

7. “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.

8. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

10. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” -Peter F. Drucker

11. “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

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

13. “Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” –John C. Maxwell

14. “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

15. “Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” –John C. Maxwell

16. “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

17. “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

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

19. “A leader is a dealer in hope.” -Napoleon

20. “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

21. “I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.” -Robert E. Lee

22. “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

23. “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

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

25. “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

26. “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

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

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

29.”A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

30. “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

31. “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

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

33. “No guts, no story.” –Chris Brady

34. “Leadership is an action, not a position.” -Donald McGannon

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

36. “I cannot give you a formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” -Herbert Bayard Swope

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

38. “The challenge of leadership is to be strong but not rude; be kind but not weak; be bold but not a bully; be humble but not timid; be proud but not arrogant; have humor but without folly.” –Jim Rohn

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

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

41. “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

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

43.”Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.” -Publilius Syrus

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

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

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

47. “It is absolutely necessary … for me to have persons that can think for me, as well as execute orders.” -George Washington

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

49. “A leader takes people where they would never go on their own.” –Hans Finzel

50. “Earn your leadership every day.” -Michael Jordan


Originally published 05/23/17.