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700 Inspirational Leadership Mindset Quotes To Motivate You

1. “Don’t necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership.” – Donald Rumsfield


2. “Read over and over again the campaigns of Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, Gustavus, Turenne, Eugene and Frederic…This is the only way to become a great general and master the secrets of the art of war…”


3. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” —Helen Keller


4. Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.


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


6. “What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” —Bob Dylan


7. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” — George Bernard Shaw


8. “Example is leadership.” – Albert Schweitzer


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


10. “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” —Roald Dahl


11. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” —George Addair


12. Management Versus Leadership According to Tom Peters.


13. “The problem human beings face is not that we aim too high and fail, but that we aim too low and succeed.” — Michelangelo


14. “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


15. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” —Albert Einstein


16. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King


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


18. “The best way to leapfrog in your career is to get advice from someone who’s done what you’re trying to accomplish. It helps clear all the doubt.”Heather Anne Carson


19. 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.


20. “It’s never necessary to tell me that you think I’m right. We’ll just... assume it.”


21. “Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob.” – Oscar Wilde, writer and poet


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


23. “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


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


25. “Mastery is great, but even that is not enough. You have to be able to change course without a bead of sweat, or remorse."


26. “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, entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker


27. “Just because you are CEO, don’t think you have landed. You must continually increase your learning, the way you think, and the way you approach the organization. I’ve never forgotten that.”


28. “Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.”


29. “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


30. “Dream Big. Start small. Act now.”


31. 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.


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


33. Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.


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


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


36. “The nicest thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from.” – Ken Olsen


37. “Make sure that you are seeing each person on your team with fresh eyes every day. People evolve, and so your relationships must evolve with them. Care personally; don’t put people in boxes and leave them there.”


38. Leadership is an action, not a position.


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


40. “Becoming is better than being.” — Carol Dweck


41. “A good general Reports successes and conceals mishaps.”


42. “Hazel’s anxiety and the reason for it were soon known to all the rabbits and there was not one who did not realize what they were up against. There was nothing very startling in what he had said. He was simply the one—as a Chief Rabbit ought to be—through whom a strong feeling, latent throughout the warren, had come to the surface.”


43. “Too many companies believe people are interchangeable. Truly gifted people never are. They have unique talents. Such people cannot be forced into roles they are not suited for, nor should they be. Effective leaders allow great people to do the work they were born to do.” ~ Warren Bennis


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


45. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” — Walt Disney


46. There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage.


47. “Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.”


48. “Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter does not understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.” -Albert Einstein


49. Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.


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


51. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher


52. A leader is a dealer in hope.


53. “Failure is not having the courage to try, nothing more an nothing less.”


54. “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


55. “Don't follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.” ~ Margaret Thatcher


56. Management Versus Leadership According to Peter Drucker.


57. “He didn’t know why he had become President of the Galaxy, except that it seemed a fun thing to be.”


58. “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


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


60. “One of the assignments of leaders is to always HELP PEOPLE SET THEIR MINDS RIGHT.”


61. “Some leaders think all of life and business is a start-up. ‘More, more, more,’ is their mantra. That can kill a business that could have had very good life if someone had seen that sowing had to stop and operating had to begin.”


62. “It's not what you will get out of the books that is so enriching - it is what the books will get out of you that will ultimately change your life.”


63. “I once read that people who study others are wise but those who study themselves are enlightened.”


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


65. 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.


66. “What do you want to be when you grow up? As a kid, that was my least favourite question.”


67. “Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.” – Denis Waitley


68. “We live in a rapidly changing world, where we need to spend as much time rethinking as we do thinking."


69. “My methods of leadership are what brought me to this base.”


70. “Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.” – Stephen R. Covey


71. “Joe Starks was the name, yeah Joe Starks from in and through Georgy. Been workin’ for white folks all his life. Saved up some money – round three hundred dollars, yes indeed, right here in his pocket. Kept hearin’ ‘bout them buildin’ a new state down heah in Floridy and sort of wanted to come. But he was makin’ money where he was. But when he heard all about ‘em makin’ a town all outa colored folks, he knowed dat was de place he wanted to be. He had always wanted to be a big voice, but de white folks had all de sayso where he come from and everywhere else, exceptin’ de place dat colored folks was buildin’ theirselves. Dat was right too. De man dat built things oughta boss it. Let colored folks build thing too if dey wants to crow over somethin’. ”


72. “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


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


74. “Leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes.” - Margaret Wheatley


75. Leadership is a choice, not a position


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


77. “I don’t know any other way to lead but by example.” – Don Shula


78. 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


79. The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.


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


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


82. “The secret of being wrong isn’t to avoid being wrong! The secret is being willing to be wrong. The secret is realizing that wrong isn’t fatal. The only thing that makes people and organizations great is their willingness to be not great along the way. The desire to fail on the way to reaching a bigger goal is the untold secret of success.”


83. The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born – that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.


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


85. “Vision is not enough. It must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps; we must also step up the stairs.” — Vaclav Havel


86. 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.


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


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


89. “Leaps of greatness require the combined problem-solving ability of people who trust each other.”


90. “One must be convinced to convince, to have enthusiasm to stimulate the others.” – Stefan Zweig


91. “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, philosopher


92. Victims make excuses. Leaders deliver results.


93. “All the perks, all the benefits and advantages you may get for the rank or position you hold, they aren’t meant for you. They are meant for the role you fill. And when you leave your role, which eventually you will, they will give the ceramic cup to the person who replaces you. Because you only ever deserved a Styrofoam cup.”


94. “Leaders live by choice, not by accident.” ~ Mark Gorman


95. “Dear Woman, when you are in position of power, it becomes your moral obligation to help rise other women around you. Do not become the oppressor because you were oppressed at some point. That’s worse than a man oppressing. - Pavithra Urs”


96. “Don’t be a pawn, when you’re meant to be the king.”


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


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


99. “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” – John C. Maxwell


100. “Yet, in reason, no man should possess him


101. 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.


102. “An army of sheep led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by a sheep.”


103. “The red mist of anger cleared suddenly from Daniel’s mind. He looked at the man who had been his leader. He saw the coarsened face with its tangle of dirty beard. He saw the hard mouth, the calculating little eyes. He saw a man he had never really looked at before.”


104. “You don't need a title to be a leader.” - Mark Sanborn


105. “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


106. “Each group and each youngster is different. As a leader or coach, you get to know what they need.”


107. “If you command wisely, you’ll be obeyed cheerfully.” – Thomas Fuller


108. “Everybody dies, but not everybody lives.” — A. Sachs


109. 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.


110. Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.


111. “A winner is just a loser who tried one more time.” – George M. Moore Jr.


112. “In the simplest terms, a leader is one who knows where he wants to go, and gets up and goes.” – John Erskine, author


113. 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


114. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”


115. “You are never pre-qualified to live your dreams. You qualify yourself by doing the work. By committing—even overcommitting—to what you believe you should do.” ― Benjamin P. Hardy


116. “In a heated argument, you can always stop and ask, ‘What evidence would change your mind?’ If the answer is ‘nothing,’ then there’s no point in continuing the debate.”


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


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


119. “A good leader inspires others with confidence in him; a great leader inspires them with confidence in themselves. ” – Unknown


120. “The best leaders are those most interested in surrounding themselves with people smarter than they are.” – Ray Kroc


121. “Let us all be the leaders we wish we had.”


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


123. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed no hope at all.” — Dale Carnegie


124. “Mistake is a mistake only if you make it twice.”


125. “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes."


126. “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.”– President Ronald Reagan


127. “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


128. “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” — Napoleon Hill


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


130. “Good leaders build products. Great leaders build cultures. Good leaders deliver results. Great leaders develop people. Good leaders have vision. Great leaders have values. Good leaders are role models at work. Great leaders are role models in life."


131. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay VERJAARDAG ZUS QUOTES


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


133. “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


134. “Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” – John D. Rockefeller


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


136. “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.”


137. Efficiency is doing the thing right. Effectiveness is doing the right thing. - Peter F. Drucker


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


139. “Change is hardest at the beginning, messiest in the middle and best at the end.”


140. “Show respect for those in power, but don’t follow them blindly.”


141. “You don’t get any medal for trying something, you get medals for results."


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


143. “The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born."


144. “Find a way to look positive and proactive. Find a way that everybody’s morale stays up.”


145. “Our mind is powerful. Think Bigger. Dream bigger. Act bigger – and you’ll live a much bigger version of your life!”


146. “The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.” – Casey Stengel


147. “Don't criticize yourself while you're creating.”


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


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


150. “Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” – Henry Ford


151. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” —Michael Jordan


152. ″‘You, our friend, our intelligence, our invisible protector’, said he, ‘accept this commission; you have merited it more than any of us by your wisdom and your counsels...‘”


153. “Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” —Henry Ford


154. “Want more credit for all you do and who you are? Be the one who gives credit to others.”


155. “A leadership culture is one where everyone thinks like an owner, a CEO or a managing director. It’s one where everyone is entrepreneurial and proactive.” – Robin S. Sharma


156. “Do or do not. There is no try.” —Yoda


157. “Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it.” – Omar N. Bradley


158. “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


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


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


161. “Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work."


162. “Growth and comfort don’t coexist. That’s true for people, for companies, for nations.”


163. “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


164. ‘I’m chief. I’ll go. Don’t argue.’ ”


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


166. “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson


167. “You can’t make people listen to you. You can’t make them execute. That might be a temporary solution for a simple task. But to implement real change, to drive people to accomplish something truly complex or difficult or dangerous—you can’t make people do those things. You have to lead them.”


168. “A little bit of fragrance always clings to the hands that gives you roses.”


169. Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.


170. “If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.”


171. A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.


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


173. “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


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


175. “I know of no case study in history that describes an organization that has been managed out of a crisis. Every single one of them was led.”


176. “The led must not be compelled. They must be able to choose their own leader.” – Albert Einstein, physicist


177. “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


178. “Motivation comes from working on things we care about. It also comes from working with people we care about.”


179. “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” – Mary Kay Ash


180. “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”


181. “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”


182. The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.


183. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


184. “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.” – Warren Buffett


185. “Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.” – Peter Drucker


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


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


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


189. “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. Secretary of State


190. “If you want a quality, act as if you already have it.” – William James


191. “Never overlook the power of simplicity.”


192. “You manage things; you lead people.” – Grace Murray Hopper, U.S. Navy rear admiral


193. To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.


194. “A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake.” — Confucius


195. “If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.”


196. “Leadership is not a license to do less; it is a responsibility to do more.”


197. “When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.” – Roy E. Disney


198. “To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine


199. “The great leaders are not the strongest, they are the ones who are honest about their weaknesses. The great leaders are not the smartest; they are the ones who admit how much they don’t know. The great leaders can’t do everything; they are the ones who look to others to help them. Great leaders don’t see themselves as great; they see themselves as human.”


200. “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


201. “If we want to forecast whether the originators of a novel idea will be successful, we need to look beyond the enthusiasm they express about their ideas and focus on the enthusiasm for execution that they reveal through their actions.”


202. “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.” – J. P. Morgan


203. “What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds.” – Wayne Dyer


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


205. “Daily ripples of excellence over time become a tsunami of success.”


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


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


208. “The only thing that’s keeping you from getting what you want is the story you keep telling yourself.” – Tony Robbins


209. “Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter does not understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.” - Albert Einstein


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


211. “Leadership is the capacity to transform vision into reality.” – Warren G. Bennis, founding chairman of the Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California


212. “Lincoln was not great because he was born in a log cabin, but because he got out of it.”


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


214. 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


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


216. “The rank of office is not what makes someone a leader. Leadership is the choice to serve others with or without any formal rank.”


217. “The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.” — Thomas Carlyle


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


219. “Leadership takes work. It takes time and energy. The effects are not always easily measured and they are not always immediate. Leadership is always a commitment to human beings.”


220. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward, author


221. “Something deep in Ralph spoke for him.


222. “When the Avro Arrow, the world’s top performing interceptor aircraft, was canceled by the Canadian government, the engineers came south to the United States and into the Space Task Group, providing much of the instant maturity and leadership needed for Mercury.”


223. “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


224. “The mind is a wonderful servant, but a terrible master.”


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


226. 'Preparedness is the key to success and victory.'' -


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


228. “A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


229. “Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.”


230. Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do, and let them surprise you with their results. - George Patton


231. “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


232. “There's a cure for aging that no one talks about. It's called learning.”


233. “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


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


235. “Most of us, in ways that we are not entirely aware of, automatically associate leadership ability with imposing physical stature. We have a sense of what a leader is supposed to look like, and that stereotype is so powerful that when someone fits it, we simply become blind to other considerations.”


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


237. 'Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.''


238. The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.


239. “It is necessary for a prince to have the people friendly.”


240. “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch, former GE chairman and CEO


241. “So, if a son that is by his father sent about


242. “Shut up,” said Ralph absently. He lifted the conch. “Seems to me we ought to have a chief to decide things.”


243. “Awareness precedes choice and choice precedes results.”


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


245. “It’s vital for us to get together and discuss what we’re doing well, and what we can do to help more people feel that they can be open about their identity.”


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


247. “A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.” – Napoleon Bonaparte


248. “There is no investment you can make which will pay you so well as the effort to scatter sunshine and good cheer through your establishment.”


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


250. “Laughter opens your heart and soothes your soul. No one should ever take life so seriously that they forget to laugh at themselves.”


251. What you give power to, has power over you


252. “The moment you become aware of your automatic behaviours, judging and expecting another human being to live and behave within the stereotypical gender boxes, you cannot go back to being unconscious. This is when you know you are changing”


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


254. Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing. - Tom Peters


255. “I realized I was more convincing to myself and to the people who were listening when I actually said what I thought, versus what I thought people wanted to hear me say.”


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


257. “Not so, however, with the besieged. Animated by the words, and stimulated by the examples of their leaders, they had found their courage, and maintained their ancient reputation, with a zeal that did justice to the stern character of their commander.”


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


259. “We listen to views that make us feel good, instead of ideas that make us think hard.”


260. 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.


261. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” —Ayn Rand


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


263. “The activity you’re most avoiding contains your biggest opportunity.”


264. 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.


265. “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. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” – Douglas MacArthur


266. “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” ~ Jack Welch


267. “A prince who is not wise himself will never take good advice.”


268. “The gender stereotypes introduced in childhood are reinforced throughout our lives and become self-fulfilling prophesies. Most leadership positions are held by men, so women don’t expect to achieve them, and that becomes one of the reasons they don’t.”


269. “It isn’t enough, what I’ve done in the past, defying the Capitol in the Games, providing a rallying point. I must now become the actual leader, the face, the voice, the embodiment of the revolution.”


270. 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.


271. “The hardest person you will ever have to lead is yourself.” – Bill George


272. A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men.


273. “Upon the king! Let us our lives, our souls, our


274. “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.”


275. “It is only when you have mastered the art of loving yourself that you can truly love others. It's only when you have opened your own heart that you can touch the hearts of others. When you feel centered and alive, you are in much better position to be a better person.”


276. “Never regret your past. Rather, embrace it as the teacher that it is.”


277. “Leadership is a choice, not a position.” – Stephen R. Covey


278. “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” – Oprah Winfrey


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


280. “Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.” ~ Tom Peters


281. Leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing.


282. “Leadership consists of picking good men and helping them do their best.” – Chester W. Nimitz


283. 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.


284. 'Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.''


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


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


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


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


289. “If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.” – William James


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


291. “Leaders must always operate with the understanding that they are part of something greater than themselves and their own personal interests.”


292. “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.”


293. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”


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


295. “Humility is a great quality of leadership which derives respect and not just fear or hatred.” – Yousef Munayyer


296. “’Restore connection’ is not just for devices, it is for people too. If we cannot disconnect, we cannot lead. Creating the culture of burnout is opposite to creating a culture of sustainable creativity. This is something that needs to be taught in business schools. This mentality needs to be introduced as a leadership and performance-enhancing tool.” ~ Arianna Huffington


297. “No matter how vital we think the role of leadership in the rise of a mass movement, there is no doubt that the leader cannot create the conditions which make the rise of a movement possible. He cannot conjure a movement out of the void. There has to be an eagerness to follow and obey, and an intense dissatisfaction with things as they are, before movement and leader can make their appearance.”


298. “Big people don't make people feel small.”


299. “Headship is the divine calling of a husband to take primary responsibility for Christ-like, servant leadership, protection, and provision in the home.”


300. “Greatness begins beyond your comfort zone.”


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


302. 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.


303. “Democracy is a poor system; the only thing that can be said for it is that it’s eight times as good as any other method. Its worst fault is that its leaders reflect their constituents— low level, but what can you expect?”


304. “If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.” – Dale Carnegie


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


306. “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


307. “The slopes to treachery from the dizzy heights of revolutionary leadership are always so steep and slippery that leaders, however well intentioned, can never build their fences too high”


308. “Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.” – Jim Rohn


309. “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.”


310. “’Dissenting for the sake of dissenting is not useful…But when it’s authentic, it stimulates thought; it clarifies and emboldens.’ Genuine dissenters challenge people to doubt themselves.”


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


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


313. “Leadership is a mindset that shifts from being a victim to creating results. Any one of us can demonstrate leadership in our work and within our lives.”


314. “A prince, therefore, ought always to take counsel.”


315. “The purpose of life is the life of purpose.”


316. “The true measure of the value of any business leader and manager is performance.” – Brian Tracy


317. You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.


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


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


320. “Join The 5 am Club. Your most valuable hours are 5am-8am. They have the least interruptions.”


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


322. “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


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


324. 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.


325. “Leadership is an action, not a position.” ~ Donald McGannon


326. “I think of productivity as using your time to accomplish things of value to you and others.”


327. “If there is no wind, row.” – Latin Proverb


328. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.


329. “The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.” ~ Faye Wattleton


330. “Getting lost along your path is a part of finding the path you are meant to be on.”


331. “If you think you are leading and turn around to see no one following, then you are just taking a walk.” – Benjamin Hooks, former director of the NAACP


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


333. “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


334. “An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.” – Mae West


335. “The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.” – Mary Kay Ash


336. “Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


337. A leader should have higher grit and tenacity, and be able to endure what the employees can’t.


338. Great things never come from comfort zones


339. “Identify your problems, but give your power and energy to solutions.” – Tony Robbins


340. You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.


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


342. “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. ” – Margaret Fuller


343. “Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy.” – U.S. Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf


344. “Allowing people to operate without having to explain themselves constantly turns out to be like the rule of agreement in improv. It enables rapid cognition.”


345. Leadership is not just about giving energy, it’s unleashing other people’s energy.


346. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft


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


348. The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision.


349. “Life's had to break you down so you could be rebuilt better.”


350. 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.


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


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


353. “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.


354. “Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”


355. “Good leadership is like exercise. We do not see any improvement to our bodies with day-to-day comparisons. In fact, if we only compare the way our bodies look on a given day to how they looked the previous day, we would think our efforts had been wasted. It’s only when we compare pictures of ourselves over a period of weeks or months that we can see a stark difference. The impact of leadership is best judged over time.”


356. “Success on the outside means nothing unless you also have success within.”


357. “A leadership culture is one where everyone thinks like an owner, a CEO or a managing director. It's one where everyone is entrepreneurial and proactive.” - Robin S. Sharma


358. “Dreamers are mocked as impractical. The truth is they are the most practical, as their innovations lead to progress and a better way of life for all of us.”


359. “It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.”


360. “The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.” – Walter Lippmann, writer, reporter and political commentator


361. “Finding time for strategic leadership means finding ways to be less occupied with management activities. Leaders must prioritize and delegate work, eliminate low value


362. “Mastery is great, but even that is not enough. You have to be able to change course without a bead of sweat, or remorse.” – Tom Peters


363. “Nothing will work unless you do.” —Maya Angelou


364. “A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone.” – Henry A. Kissinger


365. “Leadership is action, not position.” – Donald H. McGannon


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


367. 'The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.'' - George Washington, 1st President of the United States, and Commanding General of the Continental Army


368. “He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious."


369. Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.


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


371. “You don’t get any medal for trying something, you get medals for results.” – Bill Parcells


372. Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.


373. 'Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.''


374. “Leadership is not about being in charge. It’s about serving those in your care.” – Carla Harris


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


376. “It’s never too late to become original.”


377. “The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.” – Theodore Hesburg


378. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius


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


380. “You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.” – Sam Rayburn, former speaker of the House


381. “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill


382. “Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.” – Booker T. Washington


383. “It is better to have a lion at the head of an army of sheep, than a sheep at the head of an army of lions.” – Daniel Defoe


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


385. A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others see.


386. “Successful people are good in four areas: relationships, equipping, attitude, and leadership.”


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


388. “Give out what you most want to come back.”


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


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


391. “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


392. “You can’t be all things to everyone and still be effective.”


393. Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.


394. “You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.”


395. “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


396. 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.


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


398. “Anyone, anywhere can make a positive difference.” - Mark Sanborn


399. “If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.” – Henry David Thoreau


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


401. “A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.” – B.F. Skinner


402. “He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.” – James Allen


403. “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


404. “I suspected that each of my teammates hoped as fervently as I that Hall had been careful to weed out clients of dubious ability, and would have the means to protect each of us from one another’s shortcomings.”


405. “How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking.” – David Joseph Schwartz


406. “I shall be up before you are awake; I shall be afield before you are up; and I shall have breakfasted before you are afield. In short, I shall astonish you all.”


407. “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” – Bruce Lee


408. “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


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


410. “Strive to be the leader who brings a collaborative, transparent, problem-solving approach.”


411. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller


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


413. More leaders have been made by accident, circumstance, sheer grit, or will than have been made by all the leadership courses put together.


414. The last is to say ’Thank You.’ In between, the leader is a servant.


415. He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.


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


417. “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 [Read Related Article: 5 Tips for Guiding Your Team Through a Rough Patch]


418. “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” – Gen. George S. Patton


419. “You can’t make someone feel good about themselves until you feel good about yourself.”


420. “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


421. “Keep the commission D’Artagnan-the profession of arms suits you; you will be a brave and adventurous captain.”


422. “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


423. Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.


424. “Complex problems like pandemics, climate change, and political polarisation call on us to stay mentally flexible."


425. “It is not the genius at the top giving directions that makes people great. It is great people that make the guy at the top look like a genius.”


426. “I’ve lived with these men, sir, for two and a half years and I will not order them all to their deaths.”


427. “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


428. “Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity” ~ Reed Markham


429. Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.


430. “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” – Vince Lombardi


431. “Talented people are attracted to those who care about them.”


432. “My love of books was all that saved me.”


433. “Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.” – George W. Bush


434. “When a leader of the Pack has missed his kill, he is called the Dead Wolf as long as he lives, which is not long, as a rule.”


435. “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


436. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all”. – Dale Carnegie


437. “Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.” – R. Buckminster Fuller


438. 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.


439. “The responsibility for finding and fixing problems should be assigned to every employee, from the most senior manager to the lowliest person on the production line.”


440. “Before you become a leader, success is all about growing yourself. After you become a leader, success is about growing others.”


441. “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.” – President Harry Truman


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


443. “None of my ten friends, even today, ascribes moral evil to Hitler, although most of them think (after the fact) that he made fatal strategical mistakes which even they themselves might have made at the time. His worst mistake was his selection of advisers—a backhand tribute to the Leader’s virtues of trustfulness and loyalty, to his very innocence of the knowledge of evil, fully familiar to those who have heard partisans of F. D. R. or Ike explain how things went wrong.”


444. “I define a leader as anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes, and who has the courage to develop that potential.”


445. “To succeed in business it is necessary to make others see things as you see them.” – Aristotle Onassis


446. “It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it.” – Henry A. Kissinger


447. “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


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


449. Anyone, anywhere can make a positive difference. - Mark Sanborn


450. “Leadership is fragile. It is more a matter of mind and heart than resources, and it seemed that we no longer had the heart for those things that demanded discipline, commitment, and risk.”


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


452. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan


453. “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs


454. You don’t need a title to be a leader.


455. “Sometimes success isn't about making the right decision, it's more about making some decision.”


456. “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.” – Laurence J. Peter


457. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson


458. “The best leaders are those most interested in surrounding themselves with assistants and associates smarter than they are. They are frank in admitting this and are willing to pay for such talents.” – Antos Parrish


459. “Be the chief but never the lord.” – Lao Tzu


460. 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.


461. “The greatest things in life all require commitment, sacrifice, some struggle and hardship. It’s not easy. But absolutely worth it.”


462. “My dad encouraged us to fail. Growing up, he would ask us what we failed at that week. If we didn’t have something, he would be disappointed. It changed my mindset at an early age that failure is not the outcome, failure is not trying. Don’t be afraid to fail.” — Sara Blakely


463. “Clarity affords focus.” – Thomas Leonard


464. “Well . . . I believe, when statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties . . . they lead their country by a short route to chaos.”


465. Leaders are people who believe so passionately that they can seduce other people into sharing their dream.


466. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”


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


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


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


470. “Think little goals and expect little achievements. Thing big goals and win big success.” —David Joseph Schwartz


471. Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.


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


473. “Make sure you’re not just waiting for someone else to fix things, or hoping that things will improve … Figure out what’s going on and make a plan to improve things.” – Kenneth W. Thomas, author


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


475. “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.


476. “Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.” — Samuel Johnson


477. “The person more qualified to lead is not the physically stronger person. It is the more intelligent, the more knowledgeable, the more creative, more innovative. And there are no hormones for those attributes.”


478. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that count."


479. “Make the work you are doing today better than the work you did yesterday.”


480. “What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” —Plutarch


481. “The secret of a leader lies in the tests he has faced over the whole course of his life and the habit of action he develops in meeting those tests.” ~ Gail Sheehy


482. 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. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.


483. “We fought and won the race in space and listened to the cries of the Apollo 1 crew. With great resolve and personal anger, we picked up the pieces, pounded them together, and went on the attack again. We were the ones in the trenches of space and with only the tools of leadership, trust, and teamwork, we contained the risks and made the conquest of space possible.”


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


485. “For your life to be great, your faith must be bigger than your fear.”


486. Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.


487. “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.


488. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” ~ John F. Kennedy


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


490. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” —Mother Teresa


491. Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths.


492. “After all, there can be no leadership where there is no team.”


493. “When things go wrong in your command, start wading for the reason in increasing larger concentric circles around your own desk.”


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


495. “Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determinations.” ~ John Seaman Garns


496. “Small daily improvements over time create stunning results.”


497. “You have to look at leadership through the eyes of the followers and you have to live the message. What I have learned is that people become motivated when you guide them to the source of their own power and when you make heroes out of employees who personify what you want to see in the organization.” ~ Anita Roddick


498. “Leadership is a choice, not a position.” —Stephen Covey


499. “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist, poet and philosopher


500. “Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.” – Bill Bradley


501. “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” — Unknown


502. “I’ve been popular and unpopular, love and loathed, and I know how meaningless it all is. Therefore I feel free to take whatever risks I want.”


503. “Leadership is an active role; ‘lead’ is a verb. But the leader who tries to do it all is headed for burnout, and in a powerful hurry.” – Bill Owens


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


505. “Did you see his body? No. Did anyone? No. Nothing could kill him. He made rabbits bigger than they’ve ever been—braver, more skillful, more cunning. I know we paid for it. Some gave their lives. It was worth it, to feel we were Efrafans. For the first time ever, rabbits didn’t go scurrying away. The elil feared us. And that was on account of Woundwort—him and no one but him. We weren’t good enough for the General. Depend upon it, he’s gone to start another warren somewhere else. But no Efrafan officer will ever forget him.”


506. “All great thinkers are initially ridiculed – and eventually revered.”


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


508. “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<


509. “I was never the smartest guy in the room. From the first person I hired, I was never the smartest guy in the room. And that's a big deal. And if you're going to be a leader - if you're a leader and you're the smartest guy in the world - in the room, you've got real problems.” ~ Jack Welch


510. “Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.” – Mwai Kibaki


511. Leadership requires belief in the mission and unyielding perseverance to achieve victory.


512. Leadership is the key to 99 percent of all successful efforts.


513. “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


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


515. “There are three secrets to managing. The first secret is have patience. The second is be patient. And the third most important secret is patience.” – Chuck Tanner


516. “The true test of leadership is how well you function in a crisis.” – Brian Tracy


517. Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity.


518. “Leaders are not, as we are often led to think, people who go along with huge crowds following them. Leaders are people who go their own way without caring, or even looking to see, whether anyone is following them. "Leadership qualities" are not the qualities that enable people to attract followers, but those that enable them to do without them. They include, at the very least, courage, endurance, patience, humor, flexibility, resourcefulness, stubbornness, a keen sense of reality, and the ability to keep a cool and clear head, even when things are going badly. True leaders, in short, do not make people into followers, but into other leaders.” ~ John Holt


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


520. “Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.” – Henry Ward Beecher


521. “We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist.” ~ Queen Victoria


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


523. Being a leader is making the people you love hate you a little more each day.


524. The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.


525. “You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That’s assault, not leadership.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower


526. “Fall seven times and stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb


527. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” —Henry Ford


528. “Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things.” – Rev. Jesse Jackson


529. “Stress and anxiety at work have less to do with the work we do and more to do with weak management and leadership.”


530. “Originality is not a fixed trait. It is a free choice.”


531. Men make history and not the other way around. 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.


532. “You have to lead people gently toward what they already know is right.” – Phil Crosby


533. “Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.” – Tom Peters


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


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


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


537. “I believe in servant leadership, and the servant always asks, ‘Where am I needed most?'” – Mike Pence


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


539. “Picture your brain forming new connections as you meet the challenge and learn. Keep on going.” — Carol Dweck


540. “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


541. “Leadership is not about being in charge. It’s about taking care of those in your charge.” – Lao Tzu


542. “I have always supported measures and principles and not men.” – Davy Crockett


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


544. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs


545. “Don't be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs


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


547. “Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.” ~ Brian Tracy


548. “A business is not being competitive if it undertakes the same activities and grows at the same pace as its competitors. It must create something new, and this is why strategic intuition is needed.”


549. The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.


550. “He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious.” – Sun Tzu


551. Leaders live by choice, not by accident.


552. “Be the CEO of your life.”


553. “I ought to be chief,” said Jack with simple arrogance, “because I’m chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp.”


554. “Without initiative, leaders are simply workers in leadership positions.” – Bo Bennett


555. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” —Albert Einstein


556. “Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned.” – Harold S. Green