Leadership - Quotes & Sayings

Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.

E. Joseph Cossman

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.

John C. Maxwell

Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It's about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers.

Robin S. Sharma

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

Warren Bennis

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.

Theodore Roosevelt

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.

Alexander the Great

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

John F. Kennedy

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

Steve Jobs

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.

Arnold H. Glasow

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.

Ken Blanchard

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

Peter Drucker

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.

Ray Kroc

Leadership is not about the next election, it's about the next generation.

Simon Sinek

No matter how good you think you are as a leader, my goodness, the people around you will have all kinds of ideas for how you can get better. So for me, the most fundamental thing about leadership is to have the humility to continue to get feedback and to try to get better - because your job is to try to help everybody else get better.

Jim Yong Kim

Leadership - leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses.

Mitt Romney

Leadership is a choice, not a position.

Stephen Covey

Don't find fault, find a remedy.

Henry Ford

When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves.'

Lao Tzu

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.

Steve Jobs

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.

John C. Maxwell

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.

Ralph Nader

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.

Roy E. Disney

Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better.

Bill Bradley

Leadership contains certain elements of good management, but it requires that you inspire, that you build durable trust. For an organization to be not just good but to win, leadership means evoking participation larger than the job description, commitment deeper than any job contract's wording.

Stanley A. McChrystal

When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat.

Ronald Reagan

The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.

Harvey S. Firestone

Practice self-awareness, self-evaluation, and self-improvement. If we are aware that our manners - language, behavior, and actions - are measured against our values and principles, we are able to more easily embody the philosophy, leadership is a matter of how to be, not how to do.

Frances Hesselbein

If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.

Henry Ford

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.

Henry Ward Beecher

You have to think anyway, so why not think big?

Donald Trump

A leader is a dealer in hope.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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

Leadership is having a compelling vision, a comprehensive plan, relentless implementation, and talented people working together.

Alan Mulally

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.

Margaret Fuller

People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.

John C. Maxwell

You don't lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.

Thomas Aquinas

The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.

Barbara Sher

If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade.

Tom Peters

People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.

Thomas Sowell

I think leadership is service and there is power in that giving: to help people, to inspire and motivate them to reach their fullest potential.

Denise Morrison

Where there is no vision, there is no hope.

George Washington Carver

Grades don't measure tenacity, courage, leadership, guts or whatever you want to call it. Teachers or any other persons in a position of authority should never tell anybody they will not succeed because they did not get all A's in school.

Thomas J. Stanley

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

Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.

Bernard Baruch

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.

Max Lucado

The world needs new leadership, but the new leadership is about working together.

Jack Ma

Leadership is not a popularity contest; it's about leaving your ego at the door. The name of the game is to lead without a title.

Robin S. Sharma

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.

Stephen Covey