Top 50 Leadership Quotes

Leadership is more than a word. A great leader can inspire many people with their words.

Here are some of our favourite leadership quotes which will help you to inspire and bring out the best leader in you.

1. “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.” – Steve Jobs

2. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right thing.” – Peter F. Drucker

3. “People who are truly strong lift others up. people who truly powerful bring others together.” – Michelle Obama

4. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”- Steve Jobs

5. “Great leaders have three things: inner light, inner vision, and inner strength.” – Amit Ray

6. “Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.” – Oprah Winfrey

7. “Leadership is an ever-evolving position.” – Milke Krzyzewski

8. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”- John F. Kennedy

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

10. “Don’t underestimate the value of having a good team! You don’t become successful on your own. you have to rely on really good people.”- Alicia Quarles

11. “When you were made a leader, you weren’t given a crown, you were given the responsibility to bring out the best in others.”- Jack Welch

12. “We don’t need a title to lead. We just need to care. People would rather follow a leader with a heart than a leader with a title”- Craig Greschel

13. “It doesn’t make any sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people they can tell us what to do.” – Steve Jobs

14. “Treat employees like they make a difference, and they will.” – Jim Goodnight

15. “Just breathe. No matter what happens, you can handle it, and you will be okay.” – Lori Deschene

16. “Have faith in your journey. Everything had to happen exactly as it did to get you where you’re going next!” – Mandy Hale

17. “True leadership is not about making others do what you want, it’s about inspiring others to want to do what’s best for them.”

18. “The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority.”

19. “A leader is someone who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”

20. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft

21. “Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” – Sam Walton, founder of Walmart and Sam’s Club

22. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter F. Drucker, author, and educator

23. “You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.” – Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company

24. “Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.” – Tom Landry, former Dallas Cowboys coach

25. “It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” – Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State

26. “If you don’t believe in yourself, why is anyone else going to believe in you.” – Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback

27. “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, former king of Macedonia

28. “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” – Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister

29. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart, American aviation pioneer

30. “He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.” – Niccolò Machiavelli, philosopher, and writer

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

32. “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

33. f you can’t swallow your pride, you can’t lead. Even the highest mountain had animals that step on it.” – Jack Weatherford

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

35. “Every time you have to speak, you are auditioning for leadership.” –James Humes

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

37. “Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.” –Margaret Thatcher

38. “Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.” –Seth Godin

39. “To add value to others, one must first value others.” –John Maxwell

40. “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles, but today it means getting along with people.” –Mahatma Gandhi

41. “One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” –Arnold Glasow

42. “The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.” –Ray Kroc

43. “Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.” –David Star Jordan

44. “Leaders don’t inflict pain, they share the pain.” –Max Depree

45. “Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.” –Brian Tracy

46. “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

47. “A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.” –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

48. “You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go.” –Jeanette Rankin

49. “Leadership cannot be taught. It can only be learned.” –Harold Geneen

50. “Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths.” –John Zenger

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