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800 Inspirational Good Leader Quotes (2023)

1. “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 Regan


2. “If you want to lead, first learn how to follow.” — Rick Beneteau


3. “What you do has far greater impact than what you say.” – Stephen Covey, author and educator


4. “Don’t buy into the notion that mistakes can somehow be avoided. They can’t be.” – John Maxwell


5. “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” – Max Lucado, Christian author and preacher


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


7. “The best way for us to perhaps influence others is to instead focus on ourselves by doing our best -then others will be influenced from our leadership by example.” Lisa Kardos, Optimize for Victory


8. “Leadership is like a tree, in order to survive and bear the fruit of success you must have the deep roots of character, convictions, values, and purpose.” —Josh Axe


9. “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” – Chuck Swindoll, Christian pastor and radio preacher


10. “The most elusive and desired quality of leadership is vision. Vision is the perfume of the mind.” — Harriet Rubin


11. “A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.” – Jim Rohn


12. “Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon them and to let them know that you trust them.” — Booker T. Washington


13. “A leader’s role is to raise people’s aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there.” — David R. Gergen


14. “Bad leaders believe their team works for them. Great leaders believe they work for their team.” - Alexander den Heijer, Motivational Speaker


15. “The role of leadership is to transform the complex situation into small pieces and prioritize them.” —Carlos Ghosn


16. “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


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


18. “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


19. “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks


20. “My jobs as a leader is to make sure everybody in the company has great opportunities, and that they feel they’re having a meaningful impact.” -Larry Page


21. “Leadership is action, not position.” — Donald H. McGannon


22. “Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.” – Chinese Proverb


23. “Strength and wisdom are not opposing values.” – Bill Clinton


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


25. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the USA.


26. “Recognise when you are wrong and make amends. Never be too proud to apologise or patch things up.” — Kator Tarkaa


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


28. “…But the human tongue is a beast that few can master. It strains constantly to break out of its cage, and if it is not tamed, it will run wild and cause you grief.” -Unknown


29. “Where there is no hope in the future, there is no power in the present.” — John Maxwell


30. “For the success of any mission, it is necessary to have creative leadership. Creative leadership is vital for government, non-governmental organizations as well as industries.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


31. “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” – Steve Jobs


32. “We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.“ – Bill Gates.


33. “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” — Tom Peters


34. “Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience, it takes commitment and it comes with plenty of failures along the way.” — Barack Obama


35. “I think one of the keys to leadership is recognizing that everybody has gifts and talents. A good leader will learn how to harness those gifts toward the same goal.” – Ben Carson, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development


36. “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” — Theodore Roosevelt


37. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker


38. “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” — General Colin Powel


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


40. “Success consists of going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill


41. “One of the most important things for any leader is to never let anyone else define who you are. And you define who you are. I never think of myself as being a woman CEO of this company. I think of myself as a steward of a great institution.” – Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM


42. “I never thought in terms of being a leader. I thought very simply in terms of helping people.” – John Hume


43. “Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” — Vince Lombardi


44. “People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.” — John Maxwell


45. “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett


46. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” -Les Brown


47. “True leadership is servant leadership. Leaders put the interests of others ahead of their own and look to add value by serving them and meeting their greatest needs.” —Josh Axe


48. “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, Lawyer, and Author


49. “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, former President of South Africa


50. “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


51. “Great leaders have grand visions. Even where there are divisions, they do not abandon their mission.”


52. “Leadership is much more an art, a belief, a condition of the heart, than a set of things to do. The visible signs of artful leadership are expressed, ultimately, in its practice.” — Max Depree


53. “It’s not about money or connections — it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone.” -Mark Cuban


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


55. “Earn the right to be heard by listening to others. Seek to understand a situation before making judgments about it.” – John Maxwell


56. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill


57. “No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.” — Andrew Carnegie


58. “Great leaders do not fear challenges, because challenges do not break leaders but sharpen them.” – Gift Gugu Mona


59. “Great leaders should be remembered for two things; their greatness and goodness to the people they served.”


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


61. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” -Stephen Covey


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


63. “One kind word can change someone’s entire day.” -Unknown


64. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie, author and motivational speaker


65. “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


66. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffett, investor


67. “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


68. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain


69. “It’s amazing how many cares disappear when you decide not to be something, but to be someone.” — Coco Chanel


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


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


72. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” — John C. Maxwell


73. “Leadership is much more an art, a belief, a condition of the heart, than a set of things to do.” – Max De Pree


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


75. “A genuinely awesome leader comprehends the wide range of components that accompany driving others, and endeavors to help other people achieve their objectives; they are continually creating themselves, and go about as visionaries for their association.” Alexander Mejia, Leadership


76. “I learned that things are never as complicated as we imagine them to be. It is only our arrogance which seeks to find complicated answers to simple problems.” – Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Winner


77. “All Leadership is influence.” — John C. Maxwell


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


79. “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” – Tony Robbins


80. “Servant-leadership is more than a concept, it is a fact. Any great leader, by which I also mean an ethical leader of any group, will see herself or himself as a servant of that group and will act accordingly.” — M. Scott Peck


81. “Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.” ― Margaret Thatcher


82. “Every leader needs to look back once in a while to make sure he has followers.” – Anonymous


83. “The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first.” – Iyanla Vanzant


84. “Leadership is the ability to get extraordinary achievement from ordinary people.” — Brian Tracy


85. “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” —John C. Maxwell


86. “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


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


88. “It is the very essence of good leadership to give away all credit for positive achievement, to identify only team goals and always to refer to them as such.” — Joe Klock


89. “Leadership is not an easy journey, but great leaders make leadership seem easy.”


90. “Great leaders do not mind swallowing their pride and humbling themselves for peace to reign.”


91. “Words are free. It’s how you use them that may cost you.” -KushandWizdom


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


93. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple


94. “Great leaders remain credible even when people question their credibility.”


95. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” — Abraham Lincoln


96. “A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader. A great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” —Eleanor Roosevelt


97. “We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” — J.K. Rowling


98. “We should seize every opportunity to give encouragement. Encouragement is oxygen to the soul. The days are always dark enough. There is no need for us to emphasize the fact by spreading further gloom.” — George M. Adams


99. “To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.” – Pat Riley, President of the Miami Heat and former Lakers coach


100. “If you want to build something great, you should focus on what the change is that you want to make in the world.” -Mark Zuckerberg


101. “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


102. “Effective leaders inspire and motivate people to follow their visions willingly and eagerly, not out of fear.” Keith and Maya Traver, Parental Leadership


103. “The led must not be compelled, they must be able to choose their own leader.” — Albert Einstein


104. “The sign of a good leader is easy to recognize, though it is hardly ever seen. For the greatest leaders are those who share as equals in the trials and struggles, the demands and expectations, the hills and trenches, the laws and punishments placed upon the backs of those governed. A great leader is motivated not by power but by compassion. Therefore he can do nothing but make himself a servant to those whom he rules. Such a leader is unequivocally respected, and loved for loving.”


105. “Coaching isn’t an addition to a leader’s job, it’s an integral part of it.” –– George S. Odiorne


106. “Character creates consistency, and if your people know what they can expect from you, they will continue to look to you for leadership.” — John Maxwell


107. “A boss has the title, the leader has the people.”—Simon Sinek


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


109. “If it’s to be, it’s up to me. Therefore, if it’s up to me, it’s to be” -Anonymous


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


111. “Personal leadership is not a singular experience. It is, rather, the ongoing process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with those most important things.” — Stephen Covey


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


113. “If I won’t be myself, who will?” -Alfred Hitchcock


114. “Find the smartest people you can and surround yourself with them.” — Marissa Meyer


115. “I am endlessly fascinated that playing football is considered a training ground for leadership, but raising children isn't.” – Dee Dee Myers


116. “Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.” — Albert Schweitzer


117. “Great leaders do not fear accountability because it is part of their responsibility.”


118. “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


119. “Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” —Vince Lombardi


120. “If you think you are leading and turn around to see no one following you, then you are just taking a walk.”—John C. Maxwell


121. “People don’t mind being challenged to do better if they know the request is coming from a caring heart.” — Ken Blanchard


122. “Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day.” – Jesse Jackson


123. “He who has great power should use it lightly.” – Seneca


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


125. “We live in a society obsessed with public opinion. But leadership has never been about popularity.” – Marco Rubio


126. “Leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates, American businessman, co-founder of Microsoft.


127. “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr.


128. “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” —Warren Bennis


129. “If you delegate tasks, you create followers. If you delegate authority, you create leaders.” —Craig Groeschel


130. “Leadership is influence.” —John C. Maxwell


131. “People who let events and circumstances dictate their lives are living reactively. That means that they don’t act on life, they only react to it.” — Stedman Graham


132. “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


133. “Great leaders are not afraid of criticism. They use criticism to sharpen their skills.”


134. “We will either find a way or make one.” – Hannibal


135. “A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” — William Shedo


136. “The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.” – Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom


137. “I light my candle from their torches.” — Robert Burton


138. “A leader sees greatness in other people. He nor she can be much of a leader if all she sees is herself.” —Maya Angelou


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


140. “A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.” – Joe DiMaggio, former New York Yankees outfielder & Hall of Fame Baseball Player


141. “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” —Colin Powell


142. “The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have 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


143. “Great leaders are able to make a great impact because they value the people they serve.”


144. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, former first lady of the United States


145. “Great leaders create more leaders, not followers.” ― Roy T. Bennett


146. “We cannot drive people; we must direct their development…The general policy of the past has been to drive, but the era of force must give way to that of knowledge, and the policy of the future will be to teach and to lead, to the advantage of all concerned.“ – Henry Gantt, creator of the Gantt Chart


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


148. “Bad leaders care about who is right. Good leaders care about what is right.'” - Simon Sinek, Author, and Motivational Speaker


149. “Leaders don’t force people to follow – they invite them on a journey.” – Charles S. Lauer


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


151. “Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating those who work with me and aiming their efforts at a certain goal.” – Walt Disney, founder of Disney


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


153. “My jobs is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better.” -Steve Jobs


154. “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


155. “Servant leadership is all about creating clear goals, then rolling up your sleeves and doing whatever it takes to help your people win.” —Ken Blanchard


156. “Leadership is no longer about your position. It’s now more about your passion for excellence and making a difference. You can lead without a title.” — Robin Sharma


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


158. “He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.” – Aristotle


159. “Great leaders are those who plan and do their best in the implementation of the plans at hand.”


160. “The price of greatness is responsibility.” — Winston Churchill


161. “Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” – Peter F. Drucker


162. “Great leaders read great books and write great stories.”


163. “Although your actions will still be the primary determinant through which people will gauge your effectiveness as a leader, your communication skills will serve as a great support.” Patrick Cogen, Communication Skills


164. “Good leaders make people feel that they’re at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens, people feel centered and that gives their work meaning.” — Warren Bennis


165. “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or to be the mirror that reflects it.” — Edith Wharton


166. “The fastest way to change team culture is to change the leadership.” —Josh Axe


167. “Each group and each youngster is different. As a leader or coach, you get to know what they need.” – Mike Krzyzewski, Duke basketball coach


168. “Great leadership usually starts with a willing heart, a positive attitude, and a desire to make a difference.” — Mac Anderson


169. “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” —Margaret Fuller


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


171. “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


172. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln


173. “A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting. A boss is interested in himself or herself, a leader is interested in the group.” — Russell H. Ewing


174. “True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not to enrich the leader.” — John Maxwell


175. “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.” — Publius Syrus


176. “Entrepreneurial leadership requires the ability to move quickly when opportunity presents itself.”


177. “A big man is one who makes us feel bigger when we are with him.” — John Maxwell


178. “Don’t mix bad words with your bad mood. You’ll have many opportunities to change a mood, but you’ll never get the opportunity to replace the words you spoke.” -Unknown


179. “Rely on your own strength of body and soul. Take for your star self-reliance, faith, honesty and industry. Don’t take too much advice — keep at the helm and steer your own ship, and remember that the great art of commanding is to take a fair share of the work. Fire above the mark you intend to hit. Energy, invincible determination with the right motive, are the levers that move the world.” — Noah Porter


180. “A person who is worthy of being a leader wants power not for himself, but in order to be of service.” — J. Ervin, Jr.


181. “To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.”


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


183. “If you are going to help people reach their potential, they need to be recognized and rewarded. Everyone needs that.” — Jacqueline Norcel


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


185. “Talented performers flock to the best and brightest leaders, and these leaders in turn lift the lids off their people and uncork the latent talent inside of them.” – John Maxwell


186. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” -Mother Teres


187. “Leadership is something you earn, something you’re chosen for. You can’t come in yelling, ‘I’m your leader!’ If it happens, it’s because the other guys respect you.”


188. “Success is 80% psychology and 20% skills.” – Tony Robbins


189. “Persuasive communication involves enthusiasm, animation, audience participation, authenticity and spontaneity.” — John Maxwell


190. “Let fear be a counselor and not a jailer.” – Tony Robbins


191. “Leaders spend 5% of their time on the problem and 95% of their time on the solution. Get over it and crush it!” – Tony Robbins


192. “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” — John Welch


193. “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” -Warren Buffett


194. “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


195. “The very essence of leadership is casting a vision that people are willing to sacrifice for and then following your lead into seeing that vision become a reality.” —Josh Axe


196. “Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” – Goethe


197. “Leadership is the key to 99 percent of all successful efforts.” – Erskine Bowles


198. “The tongue has no bones, but is strong enough to break a heart. So be careful with your words.” -Unknown


199. “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


200. “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


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


202. “We need to think of the future and the planet we are going to leave to our children and their children.” – Kofi Annan


203. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln


204. “A highly credible leader under-promises and over-delivers.” – John Maxwell


205. “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, economist and diplomat


206. “Never give an order that can't be obeyed.” – General Douglas MacArthur


207. “Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.” -Thomas Jefferson


208. “The three C’s of leadership are Consideration,Caring,and Courtesy.Be polite to everyone.” — Brian Tracy


209. “It doesn't make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do. We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.'” - Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple


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


211. “The art of communication is the language of leadership.” – James Humes, author and speechwriter for presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan.


212. “The hardest thing about being a leader is demonstrating or showing vulnerability. When the leader demonstrates vulnerability and sensibility and brings people together, the team wins.” — Howard Schultz


213. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” -Abraham Lincoln


214. “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


215. “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


216. “Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” -Rumi


217. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” — Plato


218. “To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn’t know where he is going.” – Joe Namath, former New York Jets quarterback


219. “Leadership is a choice, not a position.”


220. “It’s all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you’re properly trained.” – Queen Elizabeth II


221. “The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do.” — Andrew Carnegie


222. “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


223. “People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together.” — Michelle Obama


224. “It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. Nelson Mandela


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


226. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” — John C. Maxwell


227. “Strategic leaders must not get consumed by the operational and tactical side of their work. They have a duty to find time to shape the future.” -Stephanie S. Mead


228. “One of the tests of leadership is to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” —Arnold Glasgow


229. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy


230. “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


231. “The role of leadership is to transform the complex situation into small pieces and prioritize them.” — Carlos Ghosn


232. “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.


233. “Leadership should be focused on extending the ladder of opportunity for everyone.” – Justin Trudeau


234. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – President Abraham Lincoln, former U.S. President


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


236. “It is impossible to imagine anything which better becomes a ruler than mercy.” – Seneca


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


238. “The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower


239. “Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them.” – Diogenes


240. “Leaders are like vessels that move a goal to its destination. That is why great leaders always become servants because leadership is not a luxury but an act of service to others.”


241. “High sentiments always win in the end, 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 and journalist


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


243. “No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.” — Abraham Lincoln


244. “While it is essential for a leader to mobilize commitment to high performance at all levels of an organization, it is equally essential for leaders to stimulate ‘performance anxiety’ and drive concerns about the status quo downward through the organization.” David Hunter, Working Hard – and Working Well


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


246. “Leadership is not following the crowd but focusing on removing the pains and problems of the crowd. ”


247. “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


248. “A person, who no matter how desperate the situation, gives others hope, is a true leader.” — Daisaku Ikeda


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


250. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” — John F. Kennedy


251. “Mindful leaders know how to repeat success patterns and overcome failure patterns.”


252. “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.” — Douglas MacArthur


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


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


255. “Real leadership is leaders recognizing that they serve the people that they lead.” —Pete Hoekstra


256. “The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands.” — Robert M. Pirsig


257. “Ill can he rule the great that cannot reach the small.”— Edmund Spenser


258. “One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” — Arnold H. Glasgow


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


260. “To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.” — Charles de Montesquieu


261. “Your values are who you are, and they represent how you will lead.” Kristina Diviny-MacBury, Principal Pro


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


263. “Be mindful when it comes to your words. A string of some that don’t mean much to you, may stick with someone else for a lifetime.” -Rachel Wolchin


264. “One of the smartest things you can do as a manager is to hire the right person and then keep them happy. Happy workers tend to take less time off and are more likely to stay with their employer.” Reen Rose, The Secrets to Being Happy at Work


265. “Great leaders can see the greatness in others when they can’t see it themselves and lead them to their highest potential they don’t even know.” – Roy T. Bennett


266. “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


267. “Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.” – Sheryl Sandberg


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


269. “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


270. “One voice can change a room.” -Barack Obama


271. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy, former U.S. President


272. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou, poet and civil rights activist


273. “Remember the difference between a boss and a leader; a boss says ‘Go!’ … a leader says ‘Let’s go!’ — E.M. Kelly


274. “Managers help people see themselves as they are; Leaders help people to see themselves better than they are.” — Jim Rohn


275. “A leader should be visionary and have more foresight than an employee.” – Jack Ma


276. “The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I’. And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say ‘I’. They don’t think ‘I’. They think ‘we’; they think ‘team’. They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but ‘we’ gets the credit…. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.” — Peter Drucker


277. “A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” – John Maxwell


278. “Leaders need to be optimists. Their vision is beyond the present.” — Rudy Giuliani


279. “I have always believed that the way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers and that people flourish when they are praised.” – Richard Branson, an English billionaire businessman and founder of Virgin Group in 1970.


280. “Seek advice, but make sure it’s from someone who has successfully handled mistakes or adversities.” – John Maxwell


281. “People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.” – Thomas Sowell


282. “Be who you are. You are not everyone’s cup of tea and that is okay.” -Anonymous


283. “Failure is not a one-time event; it’s how you deal with life along the way. Until you breathe your last breath, you’re still in the process, and there is still time to turn things around for the better.” – John Maxwell


284. “Let him who would be moved to convince others, be first moved to convince himself.” — Thomas Carlyle


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


286. “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” – Henry Ford, American entrepreneur, founder of Ford Motor Company, and chief developer of the mass assembly line.


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


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


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


290. “See the good in people and help them.” — Mahatma Gandhi


291. “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


292. “Every leader is unique, and every effective leader has something to teach us about leadership.” Will Peters, Leadership Lessons


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


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


295. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – President John Quincy Adams, former U.S. President


296. “A true leader asks advice, when he has time to think; but he never asks advice in a crisis. He acts.” Herbert N. Casson


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


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


299. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”


300. “The more seriously you take your growth, the more seriously your people will take you.” — John Maxwell


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


302. “Leadership is the ability to establish standards and manage a creative climate where people are self-motivated toward the mastery of long term constructive goals, in a participatory environment of mutual respect, compatible with personal values.” — Mike Vance


303. “A good leader can’t get too far ahead of his followers.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt


304. “Confront issues and challenges – not each Other.” — Suzanne Mayo Frindt


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


306. “Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win which is one of the essentials to success.” — Napoleon Hill


307. “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which have been overcome while trying to succeed.” — Booker T. Washington


308. “Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.” — Vince Lombardi


309. “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


310. “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


311. “Transmit your vision emotionally by gaining credibility, demonstrating passion, establishing relationships and communicating a felt need. Transmit it logically by confronting reality, formulating strategy, accepting responsibility, celebrating victory and learning from defeat.“ – John Maxwell


312. “If you want to improve the organization, you have to improve yourself and the organization gets pulled up with you.” – Indra Nooyi, Pepsi CEO


313. “In the past a leader was a boss. Today’s leaders must be partners with their people … they no longer can lead solely based on positional power.” — Ken Blanchard


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


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


316. “Leadership distilled down to 3 words: Make a difference.” – Robin Sharma


317. “Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.” —Brian Tracy


318. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” —Peter Drucker


319. “The goal of an effective leader is to recondition your team to be solution focused rather than problem focused.” — Jim Rohn


320. “Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.” —Stephen Covey


321. “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


322. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle, Greek philosopher


323. “Leaders don’t rise to the pinnacle of success without developing the right set of attitudes and habits; they make every day a masterpiece.” – John Maxwell


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


325. “No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.” —Andrew Carnegie


326. “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


327. “The most serious failure of leadership is the failure to foresee.” - Robert K. Greenleaf, Founder of the Modern Servant Leadership Movement


328. “You manage things; you lead people.” -Grace Murray Hopper


329. “Education is the mother of leadership.” — Wendell Lewis Wilkie


330. “Leadership is about magnetic communication. Leaders have a way of communicating that draws people toward the vision and the horizon.” — Doug Firebaugh


331. “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” -Zig Ziglar


332. “A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn’t like the tune.” – Anonymous


333. “True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.” – Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook


334. “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


335. “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


336. “One cannot consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.” — Helen Keller


337. “It takes bravery to lead people, but the will to learn from others to succeed in it.” -Ellie Hubbard


338. “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


339. “The ability to summon positive emotions during periods of intense stress lies at the heart of effective leadership.” — Jim Loehr


340. “Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.“ – Stephen Covey


341. “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” — Warren G. Bennis


342. “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” — Martin Luther King Jr


343. “It all comes down to this: If you want one year of happiness, grow grain, if you want 10 years of happiness, grow trees, if you want 100 years of happiness, grow people.” — Harvey Mackay


344. “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” — Theodore Roosevelt


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


346. “Great leaders work closely with their followers because their sole mandate is to know the needs of their followers and address those needs accordingly.”


347. “Blowing out someone else’s candle won’t make yours shine brighter.” – Anonymous


348. “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.”


349. “Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs.” -Pearl Strachan Hurd


350. “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, American businessman and founder of Walmart.


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


352. “Don't follow the crowd. Let the crowd follow you.” – Margaret Thatcher


353. “A real leader uses every issue, no matter how serious and sensitive, to ensure that at the end of the debate, we should emerge stronger and more united than ever before.” – Nelson Mandela


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


355. “I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.” — Lao-Tzu


356. “Kind words are a creative force, a power that concurs in the building up of all that is good, and energy that showers blessings upon the world.” -Lawrence G. Lovasik


357. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


358. “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


359. “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” — Sheryl Sanberg


360. “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” – Dalai Lama


361. “He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.” – Aristotle


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


363. “Take the emotional temperature of those listening to you. Facial expressions, voice inflection and posture give clues to a person’s mood and attitude.” – John Maxwell


364. “Leaders never outgrow the need to change.” — John Maxwell


365. “The secret of being boring is to say everything.” -Voltaire


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


367. “The hallmark of a well-managed organization is not the absence of problems, but whether or not problems are effectively resolved.” — Steve Ventura


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


369. “Earn your leadership every day.” —Michael Jordan


370. “He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.” — Henry Ward Beecher


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


372. “Boldness, more boldness, and always boldness!” — George Jacques Danton


373. “The first job of leadership is to love people. Leadership without love is manipulation.”


374. “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” – John Maxwell


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


376. “You can only lead someone as far as you are willing to go yourself” —Josh Axe


377. “The leader has a clear idea of what he wants to do professionally and personally, and the strength to persist in the face of setbacks, even failures.” — Warren G. Bennis


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


379. “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


380. “No leader sets out to be a leader. People set out to live their lives, expressing themselves fully. When that expression is of value, they become leaders. So the point is not to become a leader.” – Warren Bennis


381. “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”


382. “Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate, and to humble.” -Yehuda Berg


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


384. “A leadership position is one that requires many different skills. It is an activity that is sometimes hard to measure, but the results of the team will determine the leaders success.” Catherine Pulsifer


385. “Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader, they set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role, it’s always about the goal.” —Lisa Haisha


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


387. “If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.” – Benjamin Franklin


388. “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” – General Colin Powell


389. “Leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing.” – Mary D. Poole


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


391. “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.” — Indira Gandhi


392. “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” —Dolly Parton


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


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


395. “Leaders do not avoid, repress, or deny conflict, but rather see it as an opportunity.” — Warren Bennis


396. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama, former U.S. President


397. “No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” -John Keating


398. “The art of communication is the language of leadership.” -James Humes


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


400. “The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.” — Eric Hoffer


401. “All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.” — Orison Swett Marden


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


403. “Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu


404. “For the success of any mission, it is necessary to have creative leadership. Creative leadership is vital for government, non-governmental organizations as well as industries.”


405. “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” – Dolly Parton, singer and songwriter


406. “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


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


408. “The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision.” – Ken Blanchard


409. “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” – Chuck Swindoll


410. “Leaders come in two flavors, expanders and containers. The best leadership teams have a mix of both.” -Barbara Corcoran


411. “Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or conclude you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”


412. “Words are seeds that do more than blow around. They land in our hearts and not the ground. Be careful what you plant and careful what you say. You might have to eat what you planted one day.” -Unknown


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


414. “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.”—Douglas MacArthur


415. “The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement.” — Charles Schwab


416. “If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants.” — Isaac Newton


417. “Courage is the enforcing virtue, the one that makes possible all the other virtues common to exceptional leaders: honesty, integrity, confidence, compassion and humility.” — John McCain


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


419. “The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” — Kenneth Blanchard


420. “The best word shakers were the ones who understood the true power of words. They were the ones who could climb the highest.” -Markus Zusak


421. “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” —Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and former U.S. President


422. “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


423. “Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.” — Thomas Jefferson


424. “Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.” – Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senator


425. “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


426. “You are the only person who can label what you do a failure. Failure is subjective.” – John Maxwell


427. “Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult.” —Warren G. Bennis


428. “A real leader uses every issue, no matter how serious and sensitive, to ensure that at the end of the debate, we should emerge stronger and more united than ever before.” — Nelson Mandela


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


430. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead


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


432. “Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.” — Bill Bradley


433. “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” —Ralph Nader


434. “A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” — John Maxwell


435. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


436. “One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


437. “The most valuable “currency” of any organization is the initiative and creativity of its members. Every leader has the solemn moral responsibility to develop these to the maximum in all his people. This is the leader’s highest priority.” — W. Edwards Deming


438. “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” – Mark Twain, writer


439. “Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.”- Dianne Feinstein


440. “As a leader you should always start with where people are before you try to take them to where you want them to go.” — Jim Rohn


441. “If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself.” — Jim Rohn


442. “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 Tzu, Chinese philosopher


443. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” —Steve Jobs


444. “To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.”


445. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” — Steve Jobs


446. “However, Steve Jobs could not have made the Apple empire what it is today without a team working alongside him, and therefore his leadership skills count among his greatest achievements.” Mark Patterson, Steve Jobs: 7 Top Life and Business Lessons of Steve Jobs for Unlimited Success


447. “Good plans shape good decisions. That’s why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true.“ – Lester R. Bittel, American industrial engineer, management professor, and author several books on team management and supervision.


448. “Great leaders make sound decisions to ensure that excellent leadership is part of the equation.”


449. “A leader is one who is more interested in the success of their people than the success of themselves.”Catherine Pulsifer


450. “I think one of the keys to leadership is recognizing that everybody has gifts and talents. A good leader will learn how to harness those gifts toward the same goal.”


451. “Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.” -Brian Tracy


452. “Find the smartest people you can and surround yourself with them.” – Marissa Meyer


453. “Leadership is getting someone to do what they don’t want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve.” — Tom Landry


454. “Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.” — Harold S. Geneen


455. “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” —John C. Maxwell


456. “What makes leadership is the ability to get people to do what they don’t want to do and like it.” — Harry Truman


457. “My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.” – Thomas Paine


458. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” —John C. Maxwell


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


460. “The right ingredients can create a legend.” — Coco Chanel


461. “Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not ‘making friends and influencing people,’ that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” -Peter F. Drucker


462. “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy


463. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”


464. “People who succeed at the highest level are not lucky; they’re doing something differently than everyone else.” -Tony Robbins


465. “The better you are at surrounding yourself with people of high potential, the greater your chance for success.” – John Maxwell


466. “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.”


467. “The people who are lifting the world onward and upward are those who encourage more than they criticize.” — Elizabeth Harrison


468. “There is a troublesome humor some men have, that if they may not lead, they will not follow; but had rather a thing were never done, than not done their own way, tho’ other ways very desirable.” – William Penn, early Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania


469. “Your words have power. Speak words that are kind, loving, positive, uplifting, encouraging, and life-giving.” -Unknown


470. “Leadership is getting people to help you when they are not obligated to do so.” — John Maxwell


471. “The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there. People will follow.” – Seth Godin


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


473. “To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone.” — Harry Truman


474. “Integrity, insight, and inclusiveness are the three essential qualities of leadership.” — Sadhguru


475. “They may forget what you said, they may forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” — Carl W. Buecher


476. “High sentiments always win in the end, 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


477. “An accepted leader has only to be sure of what it is best to do, or at least to have made up his mind about it.”Winston Churchill


478. “Great leaders are ordinary men and women who refuse to settle for mediocrity because their aim is to lead followers to greatness.”


479. “You won’t find the answers by looking to the stars. It’s a journey you’ll have to take by looking inside yourself.” -Christopher Reeve


480. “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


481. “Leading people is the most challenging and, therefore, the most gratifying undertaking of all human endeavors.” – Jocko Willink


482. “Leadership is having a compelling vision, a comprehensive plan, relentless implementation, and talented people working together.” – Alan Mulally


483. “Over time, is it easier or harder to sustain your influence within your organization? With charisma alone, influence becomes increasingly more difficult to sustain. With character, as time passes, influence builds and requires less work to sustain.” — John Maxwell


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


485. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein, physicist


486. “Be careful with your words. Once they are said, they can be only forgiven, not forgotten.” -Unknown


487. “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” – Leonardo da Vinci, scientist, artist, astronomer, and mathematician


488. “If you want to improve the organization, you have to improve yourself and the organization gets pulled up with you.” —Indra Nooyi


489. “Be careful what you say. You can say something hurtful in ten seconds, but ten years later, the wounds are still there.” -Joel Osteen


490. “True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.” – Sheryl Sandberg


491. “Your circle should want to see you win. Your circle should clap loudly when you have good news. If not, get a new circle.” -Anonymous


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


493. “Great leaders do not flaunt their riches to the people they lead but share with those in need. To them, collective success is a vital need.”


494. “If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” – Maya Angelou


495. “Big thinkers are specialists in creating positive, forward-looking, optimistic pictures in their own minds and in the minds of others.” — David J. Schwartz


496. “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” – Norman Schwarzkopf


497. “To lead people, walk beside them. As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate. When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.'” — Lao-Tsu


498. “If I have the belief that I can do it, I will surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning.” — Mahatma Gandhi


499. “Most people who want to get ahead do it backward. They think, ‘I’ll get a bigger job, then I’ll learn how to be a leader.’ But showing leadership skill is how you get the bigger job in the first place. Leadership isn’t a position, it’s a process.” — John Maxwell


500. “Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” – Vince Lombardi


501. “A leader is not an administrator who loves to run others, but someone who carries water for his people so that they can get on with their jobs.”– Robert Townsend


502. “’Failing forward’ is the ability to get back up after you’ve been knocked down, learn from your mistake, and move forward in a better direction.” – John Maxwell


503. “Leaders make decisions that create the future they desire.” — Mike Murdock


504. “Confront your inadequacies and push your personal boundaries: It’s the surest way to grow, improve and expand the scope of your influence.” – John Maxwell


505. “Great communication depends on two simple skills—context, which attunes a leader to the same frequency as his or her audience, and delivery, which allows a leader to phrase messages in a language the audience can understand.” – John Maxwell


506. “Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.” —Bill Bradley


507. “It’s true that charisma can make a person stand out for a moment, but character sets a person apart for a lifetime.” — John Maxwell


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


509. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson


510. “No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.” – Andrew Carnegie


511. “In order to be happy, human beings must feel they are continuing to grow. Clearly, we must adopt the concept of continuous improvement as a daily principle.” — Tony Robbins


512. “Integrity is the most valuable and respected quality of leadership. Always keep your word.” – Brian Tracy


513. “Values hold the team together, provide stability for the team to grow upon, measure the team’s performance, give direction and guidance and attract like-minded people.” – John Maxwell


514. “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


515. “The X-factor of great leadership is not personality, it’s humility.” —Jim Collins


516. “You manage things; you lead people.” —Grace Murray Hopper


517. “Earn your success based on service to others, not at the expense of others.” — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


518. “I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.” — Charles M. Schwab


519. “Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them.” —Diogenes of Sinope


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


521. “Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.” — Samuel Johnson


522. “Thomas Jefferson is known as a leader in the thought of his age. His principles command command the attention of every political school, and it is necessary that all should have ready access to them.” Benj. S. Catchings, Master Thoughts of Thomas Jefferson


523. “You can tell a bully from a leader by how they treat people who disagree with them.” - Miles K. Davis, President of Linfield College


524. “Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.”


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


526. “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupery


527. “The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of like is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give.” — William Arthur Ward


528. “All leaders are readers.” – Jim Rohn


529. “Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” — John Maxwell


530. “Do you know that one of the great problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas?” – Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom


531. “Leadership is an action, not a position.” —Donald McGannon


532. “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” -Eleanor Roosevelt


533. “An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.” – Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric


534. “Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.” — Sam Walton


535. “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


536. “Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.” – E. Joseph Cossman


537. “Hire character. Train skill.” – Peter Schutz


538. “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


539. “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” — Warren Bennis


540. “Real leadership is leaders recognizing that they serve the people that they lead.” — Pete Hoekstra


541. “Leadership is not just about giving energy… it’s unleashing other people’s energy.” — Paul Polman


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


543. “We are all different in the way we perceive the world. We must use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins


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


545. “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” – Malala Yousafzai, activist


546. “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


547. “A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever.” -Jessamyn West


548. “True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.”


549. “What you cannot enforce, do not command.” – Sophocles


550. “Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led.” – Stephen Covey


551. “Diligent follow-up and follow-through will set you apart from the crowd and communicate excellence.” – John Maxwell


552. “Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.” —Steve Jobs


553. “Changing an organization, a company, a country – or a world – begins with the simple step of changing yourself.” – Tony Robbins


554. “Knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks, civil rights activist


555. “If you delegate tasks, you create followers. If you delegate authority, you create leaders.” — Craig Groeschel


556. “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 C. Maxwell


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


558. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi, legendary Green Bay Packers coach


559. “Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance.” – J. Donald Walters


560. “A strong secure leader accepts blame and gives credit. A weak insecure leader gives blame and takes credit.” - John Wooden, Basketball Coach


561. “Great leaders avoid confusion and offer a clear direction because they are custodians of great visions.”


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


563. “Legacies are footprints of legends who walked among men.”


564. “Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


565. “The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.” —John Wooden


566. “If you can't swallow your pride, you can't lead. Even the highest mountain had animals that step on it.” – Jack Weatherford


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


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


569. “Connect deeply with others. Our humanity is the one thing that we all have in common.” — Melinda Gates


570. “Good words are worth much, and cost little.” -George Herbert


571. “Great leaders create space for great partnerships.”


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


573. “In this world a man must either be an anvil or hammer.” — Henry W. Longfellow


574. “Speech has power. Words do not fade. What starts out as a sound, ends in a deed.” -Abraham Joshua Herschel


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


576. “A leader operating in enemy territory should always project positivity and optimism.” – Naval Ravikant


577. “The greatest gift of leadership is a boss who wants you to be successful. – Jon Taffer


578. “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” — Marianne Williamson


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


580. “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.”


581. “The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” ― Henry Kissinger, former U.S. National Security Advisor and Secretary of State


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


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


584. “There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.” – Warren Bennis


585. “Leadership is something you earn, something you’re chosen for. You can’t come in yelling, ‘I’m your leader!’ If it happens, it’s because the other guys respect you.” – Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback


586. “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes.” – Peter Drucker


587. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


588. “Good leaders organize and align people around what the team needs to do. Great leaders motivate and inspire people with why they’re doing it.” – Marillyn Hewson


589. “Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to think we need the feminine qualities of leadership, which include attention to aesthetics and the environment, nurturing, affection, intuition, and the qualities that make people feel safe and cared for.”


590. “In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”


591. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” -Jimmy Dean


592. “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series


593. “With the power of conviction, there is no sacrifice.” — Jim Rohn


594. “In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.” – Tina Fey


595. “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, 8th Century BC Greek poet


596. “Leadership is influence.” — John Maxwell


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


598. “Integrity, insight, and inclusiveness are the three essential qualities of leadership” – Sadhguru


599. “In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” – Harry Truman, former U.S. President


600. “Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals.” – Unknown


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


602. “Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.” -Margaret Thatcher


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


604. “When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control how you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is.” -Anonymous


605. “Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.” — Thomas J. Watson


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


607. “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” – Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights activist


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


609. “No general can fight his battles alone. He must depend upon his lieutenants, and his success depends upon his ability to select the right man for the right place.” — Philip Armour


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


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


612. “Coming together is a beginning, and staying together is progress, but only when teams sweat together do they find success.” – John Maxwell


613. “Great leaders expand their vision by showing their followers how they can turn visions reality.”


614. “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” -Colin Powell


615. “The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority.” – Kenneth H. Blanchard


616. “Be willing to make people better than you met them. That's what transformational leaders do”


617. “Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” – Albert Schweitzer, French theologian, philosopher, musician, and winner of the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize.


618. “Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.” William Arthur Ward


619. “Take care, don’t fight, and remember: if you do not choose to lead, you will forever be led by others. Find what scares you, and do it. And you can make a difference, if you choose to do so.” — J. Michael Straczynski


620. “Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character; it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both leader and follower alike the burdens of self-restraint.” — Lewis H. Lapham


621. “If ‘leadership’ has come to be known as something much bigger than us, aligned to changing the world, then we are spending way too much time celebrating things that hardly anyone can do and not celebrating things we can do every day.”- Drew Dudley, founder of Day One Leadership


622. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan, Hall of Fame basketball superstar


623. “Men are governed only by serving them; the rule is without exception.” — V. Cousin


624. “Leadership is influence.”


625. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen R. Covey


626. “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


627. “If you think you are leading and turn around to see no one following you, then you are just taking a walk.” — John C. Maxwell


628. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs


629. “Leadership is not just about giving energy… it’s unleashing other people’s energy.” – Paul Polman


630. “Leaders surround themselves with great people, delegate authority, then get out of the way.” —Ronald Reagan


631. “True leaders always practice the three R’s: Respect for self, Respect for others, Responsibility for all their actions.” — Anonymous


632. “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


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


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


635. “Character makes trust possible, and trust is the foundation of leadership.” — John Maxwell


636. “A leader leads by example not by force.” — Sun Tzu


637. “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” —Warren G. Bennis


638. “Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” – Colin Powell


639. “When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally.” — Lao Tzu


640. “He that cannot obey, cannot command.” — Benjamin Franklin


641. “Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.” -Dianne Feinstein


642. “The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


643. “True leadership lies in guiding others to success. In ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well.” – Bill Owens


644. “Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.” – Proverb


645. “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground”. – Theodore Roosevelt, former U.S. President


646. “Every relationship in your organization will affect you one way or another. Those who do not increase you will inevitably decrease you. “ – John Maxwell


647. “The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.” —John C. Maxwell


648. “The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.” – Tony Robbins


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


650. “Leadership is not about you. It's about investing in the growth of others.'” - Ken Blanchard, Author and Business Consultant


651. “The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.” -Sheryl Sandberg


652. “Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States


653. “Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned.” — Harold Geneen


654. “Great leaders choose to mentor others before their tenure comes to an end because they know that great things should not end with them.”


655. “Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead.” — Ross Perot


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


657. “Great leaders focus on doing their best for the people they serve. They do not make a mess instead.”


658. “Nobody rises to low expectations.” — Calvin Lloyd


659. “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.”


660. “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


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


662. “Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.” — General George Patton


663. “To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.” – Edward R. Murrow, American broadcast journalist


664. “Growing other leaders from the ranks isn’t just the duty of the leader, it’s an obligation.” —Warren G. Bennis


665. “Great leaders do not desire to lead but to serve.” — Myles Munroe


666. “A genuine leader is not in search of consensus, but a molder of consensus.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.


667. “Teams make you better than you are, multiply your value, enable you to do what you do best, allow you to help others do their best, give you more time, provide you with companionship, help you fulfill the desires of your heart and compound your vision and effort.” – John Maxwell


668. “Wolves don’t lose sleep over the opinions of sheep.” -Anonymous


669. “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


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


671. “What you do has a far greater impact than what you say.” – Stephen Covey


672. “If you wish a general to be beaten, send him a ream full of instructions; if you wish him to succeed, give him a destination, and bid him conquer.” — Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare


673. “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, Former CEO of General Electric


674. “A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader. A great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” — Eleanor Roosevelt


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


676. “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


677. “A leader’s job is to look into the future and see the organization, not as it is, but as it should be.” — Jack Welch


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


679. “A strong leader avoids becoming overconfident to the point of impaired judgment.” -Daniel Lubetzky


680. “Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise.”. – Woodrow Wilson


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


682. “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


683. “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” – Gen. Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State


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


685. “Leaders don’t adapt to the energy in a room, they influence the energy in a room.” —Josh Axe


686. “Great leaders deliver on their promises. They do not just make empty promises because they know that such can gravely affect their credibility.”


687. “Winning companies win because they have good leaders who nurture the development of other leaders at all levels of the organization.” —Noel Tichy


688. “Leadership is about solving problems. The day employees stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or conclude you do not care. Either case is a failure on leadership.” -Colin Powell, Politician


689. “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


690. “Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance.” — J. Donald Walters


691. “No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.” – Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-American industrialist, businessman, and philanthropist.


692. “The price of greatness is responsibility.” -Winston Churchill


693. “People change when they hurt enough that they have to, learn enough that they want to, or receive enough that they are able to.” – John Maxwell


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


695. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” — Babe Ruth


696. “No opposition can stop great leaders from assuming their rightful positions because great leaders know their expectations.”


697. “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” — Henry Adams


698. “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.” – Mahatma Gandhi, Indian independence movement leader


699. “He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.” – Solon


700. “Look over your shoulder now and then to be sure someone’s following you.” — Henry Gilmer


701. “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”– Woodrow Wilson, former U.S. President


702. “The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.” — Faye Wattleton


703. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because they want to do it.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower


704. “There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” – Indira Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India


705. “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” — Ralph Nader


706. “The price of greatness is responsibility.”—Winston Churchill


707. “There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple, and useful life.” — Booker T. Washington


708. “As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.” – Toni Morrison


709. “The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.” — Woodrow Wilson


710. “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis


711. “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-Exupéry


712. “Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration — of oneself and of others. Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes. Leadership is not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others. It is an attitude, not a routine.” — Lance Secretan


713. “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


714. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy


715. “The most important part of being a leader is maintaining the desire to keep on learning. That means learning about yourself, about your peers, and about the people you serve.” — Brian Koval


716. “No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.” – Abraham Lincoln


717. “Don’t ever diminish the power of words. Words move hearts and hearts move limbs.” -Hamza Yusuf


718. “True leaders are the first to admit that they don’t know everything and that they need help.” Bill Byrd, Sweet Success 12 Proven Habits of Winning Leaders


719. “Leadership is an action, not a position.” – Donald McGannon


720. “You don’t lead by hitting people over the head—that’s assault, not leadership.” – Dwight Eisenhower


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


722. “I strongly believe that the responsibility of leadership is to shape the debate—to practice and project the right attributes—whether in a business enterprise, in our society, and even in our religions.” — Farooq Kathwari


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


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


725. “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


726. “All I need is a sheet of paper and something to write with, and then I can turn the world upside down.” -Friedrich Nietzsche


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


728. “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” – Mother Teresa, Catholic nun and saint


729. “It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself.” – Latin Proverb


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


731. “Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” – Tony Robbins


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


733. “A boss has the title, the leader has the people.” — Simon Sinek


734. “Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.” -Edgar Allan Poe


735. “I think leadership comes from integrity – that you do whatever you ask others to do. I think there are non-obvious ways to lead. Just by providing a good example as a parent, a friend, a neighbor makes it possible for other people to see better ways to do things. Leadership does not need to be a dramatic, fist in the air and trumpets blaring, activity.” — Scott Berkun


736. “Great leaders do not suffer from greed. They always sow a seed in the lives of those who are in need.”


737. “My task, which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel–it is, before all, to make you see.” -Joseph Conrad


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


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


740. “My leadership began to take flight when I allowed myself to press people to change—whether they thanked me or cursed me.” – John Maxwell


741. “Good leadership skills and practices don’t come about by accident. They are the result of intentional decisions being made all along the way.” John Stange, Intentional Leadership


742. “Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise.” — Woodrow Wilson


743. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” ― Peter Drucker


744. “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


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


746. “A leader is a dealer in hope.” – Napoleon Bonaparte, French military leader and emperor


747. “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, former U.S. President


748. “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


749. “Attract what you expect, reflect what you desire. Become what you respect, mirror what you admire.” – Anonymous


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


751. “Misfortunes, untoward events, lay open, disclose the skill of a general, while success conceals his weakness, his weak points.” – Horace


752. “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” ― Warren Bennis


753. “Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be led.” – Ross Perot


754. “In life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.” – Tony Robbins


755. “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure: which is: Try to please everybody.” — Herbert B. Swope


756. “Credibility is a leader’s currency. With it, he or she is solvent; without it, he or she is bankrupt.” – John Maxell


757. “The greatest source of happiness is the ability to be grateful at all times.” – Zig Ziglar


758. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” -Abraham Lincoln


759. “The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.” – Brian Tracy


760. “The true mark of a leader is the willingness to stick with a bold course of action — an unconventional business strategy, a unique product-development roadmap, a controversial marketing campaign.” – Bill Taylor


761. “Consensus is the negation of leadership.” — Margaret Thatcher


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


763. “Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them. “ — Robert Jarvik


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


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


766. “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


767. “I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a “transformer” in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader.” — Stephen R. Covey


768. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” — Abraham Lincoln


769. “Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower, former U.S. President


770. “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” -Margaret Fuller


771. “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” — Norman Schwarzkopf


772. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” —John F. Kennedy


773. “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


774. “The leader is one who, out of the clutter, brings simplicity… out of discord, harmony… and out of difficulty, opportunity.” -Albert Einstein


775. “Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


776. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller


777. “Leadership requires one to make decisions that may not be liked by everyone, but great leaders always ensure that the choices they make will benefit anyone.”


778. “One measure of leadership is the caliber of people who choose to follow you.” — Dennis A. Peer


779. “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


780. “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.”


781. “Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.” — Winston Churchill


782. “It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


783. “Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.” — Stephen R. Covey


784. “The height of ability in the least able consists in knowing how to submit to the good leadership of others.” — François de la Rochefoucauld


785. “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” – Thomas Jefferson


786. “It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” – Tony Robbins


787. “Leaders walk a fine line between self-confidence and humility.” – Stanley McChrystal


788. “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” – Mother Teresa


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


790. “Leadership is an action, not a position.” — Donald McGannon


791. “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, former first lady of the United States


792. “Leadership is the challenge to be something more than average.” — Jim Rohn


793. “If we understood the power of our thoughts, we would guard them more closely. If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative. In our thoughts and words, we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths. Our limitations and joys begin in our hearts. We can always replace negative with positive.” -Betty Eadie


794. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” -Henry Ford


795. “The best leaders are very often the best listeners. They have an open mind. They are not interested in having their own way but in finding the best way.” Wilferd Peterson


796. “Great leaders can never go to the grave without empowering others. They empower others to lead before their time on earth is over because they understand that leadership is a baton that needs to be handed over.”


797. “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


798. “The first job of leadership is to love people. Leadership without love is manipulation.” – Rick Warren


799. “If you have no character to lose, people will have no faith in you.” — Mahatma Gandhi


800. “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” — George Patton


801. “It doesn’t matter when we start. It doesn’t matter where we start. All that matters is that we start”. – Simon Sinek


802. “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


803. “If you want to improve the organization, you have to improve yourself, and the organization gets pulled up with you.” – Indra Nooyi


804. “There is no more noble occupation in the world than to assist another human being to help someone succeed.” — Alan Loy McGinnis

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