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600 Best Inspiring Leadership Trust Quotes (2023)

1. “The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him.” – HENRY L. STIMSON


2. “I think it’s a combination of personality traits that have helped me to succeed. Not only hard work - but patience, sacrifice and choosing my battles have all helped me to reach the point in my career to which I aspired, in a company I admired.”


3. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me?”


4. “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


5. “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” –Ernest Hemingway


6. “Authenticity is the alignment of head, mouth, heart, and feet – thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing – consistently.” – LANCE SECRETAN


7. “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” – OSCAR WILDE Twitter-Bird Small


8. “Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window.” – Steve Wozniak


9. “Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” – STEPHEN R. COVEY Twitter-Bird Small


10. “Distrust that man who tells you to distrust; He takes the measure of his own small soul and thinks the world no larger.”


11. “Trust is built when someone is vulnerable and not taken advantage of.” —Bob Vanourek, author of Triple Crown Leadership


12. “Don’t be afraid to show your vulnerability. Be transparent with your team, even when the truth may be unpopular or inconvenient.” – BILL GEORGE


13. “A man who doesn’t trust himself can never truly trust anyone else.”


14. “Emotional intelligence is a way of recognizing, understanding, and choosing how we think, feel, and act. It shapes our interactions with others and our understanding of ourselves. It defines how and what we learn; it allows us to set priorities; it determines the majority of our daily actions. Research suggests it is responsible for as much as 80 percent of the “success” in our lives.” Joshua Freedman


15. “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.” —Warren Bennis, American scholar, organizational consultant, and author


16. “As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.” —Toni Morrison, author


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


18. “Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.” – Aesop


19. “Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience.” James Freeman Clark


20. “The best thing you can do to help others take responsibility is to authentically practice the behaviors that you want others to practice.” – DR. MICHELLE REINA


21. “Great leaders are willing to sacrifice the numbers to save the people. Poor leaders sacrifice the people to save the numbers.”


22. “Progress is more important than perfection.”


23. “If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood, sweat, and tears.”


24. “Practice Golden Rule Management in everything you do. Manage others the way you would like to be managed.” Brian Tracy


25. “No one knows everything. But together, we know a whole lot.”


26. “Measure your impact in humanity, not in the likes, but the lives you touch; not in popularity, but in the people you serve. I found that my life got bigger when I stopped caring about what other people thought about me. You will find yours will too. Stay focused on what really matters. There will be times when your resolve to serve humanity will be tested. Be prepared. People will try to convince you that you should keep your empathy out of your career. Don’t accept this false premise.” Tim Cook


27. “The first job of a leader—at work or at home—is to inspire trust. It’s to bring out the best in people by entrusting them with meaningful stewardships, and to create an environment in which high-trust interaction inspires creativity and possibility.”


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


29. “A leader’s job is not to do the work for others; it’s to help others figure out how to do it themselves, to get things done and to succeed beyond what they thought possible.”


30. “When you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible.” – HOWARD SCHULTZ


31. Types of Leadership


32. “Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people.” – BARBARA BUSH Twitter-Bird Small


33. “If you always put a limit on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” Bruce Lee


34. Being a person that others can trust is one of the most sought after qualities in the workplace today. So many leaders and their staff have shown in the recent global financial crisis a lack of trust and integrity amongst themselves and with their clients and other stakeholders. - Author: Nigel Cumberland


35. “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, Executive Chairman of IBM


36. “There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.”


37. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” —Muriel Strode, poet


38. “The process of building trust is an interesting one, but it begins with yourself, with what I call self trust, and with your own credibility, your own trustworthiness. If you think about it, it's hard to establish trust with others if you can't trust yourself.”


39. “Do not wait; the time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” Napoleon Hill


40. When you trust your own abilities and those of the people around you, you overcome fear. And when the people you lead trust themselves and you - that you have their best interests at heart and are authentic - is when you and they will achieve the most. - Author: Phil Dourado


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


42. “With kids, they don’t do what you want them to do when you want them to do it. Organizations don’t necessarily, either. You’ve got to listen. You’ve got to learn how to influence.”


43. “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


44. “Always plan for the fact that no plan ever goes according to plan.”


45. “Wise men put their trust in ideas and not in circumstances.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson


46. “There are no moral shortcuts in the game of business—or life. There are, basically, three kinds of people: the unsuccessful, the temporarily successful, and those who become and remain successful. The difference is character.”


47. “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, anthropologist


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


49. “The future belongs to the young. We must not only trust them with responsibility but must thrust it upon them whilst they are still young and full of energy, zest, hope and even illusions.” – JRD Tata


50. “Great leaders check their ego at the door and empower others to excel” – DEBORAH GILLIS Twitter-Bird Small


51. “Always choose the future over the past. What do we do now?” Brain Tracy


52. “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, philosopher and writer


53. I think leadership of any kind requires trust and transparency and voters should demand no less from their political leadership in government. - Author: Carly Fiorina


54. “Leadership is not a person or a position. It is a complex moral relationship between people based on trust, obligation, commitment, emotion, and a shared vision of the good.” —Joanne Ciulla, author and educator


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


56. If we buy into our culture's lies about manhood and leadership, we will never place our trust in God alone. - Author: Bill Mills


57. “I wouldn’t ask anyone to do anything I wouldn’t do myself.” – INDRA NOOYI


58. “Fight against something and you focus on the thing you hate. Fight for something and you focus on the thing you love.”


59. “Hire character. Train skill.” —Peter Schutz, former president and CEO of Porsche


60. “The outward expression of empathy is courtesy.” Stewart Butterfield


61. “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” —Herbert Swope, American editor and journalist


62. “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” —Jack Welch, American business executive, chemical engineer, and writer


63. “Words may inspire but only action creates change.”


64. “Rarely are opportunities presented to you in a perfect way. In a nice little box with a yellow bow on top. Here, open it, it's perfect. You'll love it.' Opportunities – the good ones – are messy, confusing and hard to recognize. They're risky. They challenge you.”


65. “Doug Conant is remarkable—and so is this work.“


66. “Learning to trust is one of life’s most difficult tasks.” —Isaac Watts


67. “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” Carl Jung


68. Good teams are committed to the team mission and to each other personally. Good leaders inspire and build this commitment and trust. - Author: Lee Ellis


69. “I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.”


70. “keeping your commitment becomes hard, you have two choices: You can change your behavior to match your commitment, or you can lower your values to match your behavior. One choice will strengthen your integrity; the other will diminish it and erode your confidence in your ability to make and keep commitments in the future. In addition, that shift in direction with regard to values—even if it’s slight—will create a change in trajectory that will create a far more significant difference in destination down the road.”


71. “Trust is the lubrication that makes it possible for organizations to work.” – WARREN BENNIS Twitter-Bird Small


72. “Vulnerability is the gift I give to those I trust, when I trust myself. A leader’s authenticity is rooted and grows in a field of self-trust.” Terry Kellogg and Marvel Harrison


73. “Leadership is the relentless pursuit of truth and ceaseless creation of trust.” Jack Welch, Ex-CEO, General Electric


74. “Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.” – Albert Einstein


75. “If you want to run for Prime Minister, you can. If you don’t, that’s wonderful, too. Shave your armpits, don’t shave them, wear flats one day, heels the next. These things are so irrelevant and surface to what it is all really about, and I wish people wouldn’t get caught up in that. We want to empower women to do exactly what they want, to be true to themselves, to have the opportunities to develop.”


76. “Success is more permanent when you achieve it without destroying your principles.” – WALTER CRONKITE


77. “Who you are surrounded by often determines who you become.”


78. “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, quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers


79. “It is true that integrity alone won’t make you a leader, but without integrity you will never be one.” – ZIG ZIGLAR Twitter-Bird Small


80. “A small team, committed to a cause bigger than themselves, can achieve absolutely anything.”


81. “Rarely are opportunities presented to you in a perfect way. In a nice little box with a yellow bow on top. ‘Here, open it, it’s perfect. You’ll love it.’ Opportunities – the good ones – are messy, confusing and hard to recognize. They’re risky. They challenge you.” —Susan Wojcicki, CEO of Youtube


82. “The trust we have in people and in organizations comes, in part, from believing that they do care.”


83. “You have to look at your career and personal life at the big-picture level: it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Doing that helps me feel OK during the weeks when one part of my life overwhelms the other.”


84. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Nelson Mandela


85. “You have to create a culture where everybody has an opportunity to be recognized.” – JOHN MACKEY Twitter-Bird Small


86. Covey


87. “You don’t need a title to be a leader.” —Unknown


88. “Entrepreneurial leadership requires the ability to move quickly when opportunity presents itself.” Brian Tracy


89. “To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.” – GEORGE MACDONALD


90. “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” – NAPOLEON HILL Twitter-Bird Small


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


92. Every time we decide to use our power to influence others, particularly if we're gleeful and hasty, we damage the relationship. We move from enjoying a healthy partnership based on trust and mutual respect to establishing a police state that requires constant monitoring. - Author: Kerry Patterson


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


94. “Do the right thing. Always.” – TED COINÉ


95. “Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.” – MARIAN ANDERSON Twitter-Bird Small


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


97. “He who does not trust enough will not be trusted.” —Lao Tzu


98. “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


99. “Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.” —E. Joseph Cossman, inventor and businessman


100. In many situations involving service recovery - the problem itself became the catalyst for the creation of even greater trust as the companies took the issues head-on and worked through the difficult problem in a way that restored confidence. - Author: Stephen Covey


101. “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” —Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady


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


103. “Trust, but verify.” —Ronald Reagan


104. “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence, and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” —Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook


105. “Trust starts with trustworthy leadership. It must be built into the corporate culture.” – Barbara Kimmel Brooks


106. “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” —Sara Blakely, founder & CEO of Spanx


107. “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” Bill George


108. “When mistrust comes in, loves goes out.” —Irish proverb


109. “Leaders set high standards. refuse to tolerate mediocrity or poor performance.” Brian Tracy


110. “People will trust their leaders when their leaders do the things that make them feel psychologically safe.”


111. “A team is not a group of people that work together. A team is a group of people that trust each other.”


112. “Great leaders don’t see themselves as great; they see themselves as human.”


113. “Earn your leadership every day.” Michael Jordan


114. “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


115. “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” – THEODORE ROOSEVELT Twitter-Bird Small


116. “Contrary to what most people believe, trust is not some soft, illusive quality that you either have or you don’t; rather, trust is a pragmatic, tangible, actionable asset that you can create.” – STEPHEN M.R. COVEY Twitter-Bird Small


117. “Part of leadership is knowing when to go ahead with a decision that’s within your authority because you’re really convinced it’s the right thing, even if other people don’t understand it at that point."


118. “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


119. “Success is more permanent when you achieve it without destroying your principles.” – WALTER CRONKITE Twitter-Bird Small


120. “He who does not trust enough, will not be trusted.” – LAO TZU


121. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” —Warren Buffett


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


123. “Better to trust the man who is frequently in error than the one who is never in doubt.” —Eric Sevareid


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


125. “Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.” Ronald Reagan


126. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” —John Maxwell, author, speaker, and pastor


127. “Leaders strengthen credibility by demonstrating that they are not in it for themselves; instead, they have the interests of the institution, department, or team and its constituents at heart. Being a servant may not be what many leaders had in mind when they choose to take responsibility for the vision and direction of their organization or team, but serving others is the most glorious and rewarding of all leadership tasks.”


128. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”


129. “Authenticity and knowing who you are is fundamental to being an effective and long-standing leader.” – ANN FUDGE Twitter-Bird Small


130. Leadership is a function of knowing yourself, having a vision that is well communicated, building trust among colleagues, and taking effective action to realize your own leadership potential. - Author: Warren G. Bennis


131. “Be sure you put your feet in the right place. Then stand firm.” – ABRAHAM LINCOLN


132. “It is an equal failing to trust everybody, and to trust nobody.” – English proverb


133. A leader's purpose is to provide knowledge and generate trust through kindness. This will provide a foundation that allows others to make choices, right or wrong, and grow in a positive manner from the experience. - Author: Farshad Asl


134. “Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.”


135. “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


136. “Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.” – MARIAN ANDERSON


137. “If you really want to fly, learn to befriend the winds.” - Curtis Tyrone Jones


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


139. “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for somthing we love is called passion.”


140. “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


141. “Leadership is about the team - the culture they keep and embrace, it’s about empathy for your customers, clients, employees and the communities where you do business, it’s about doing the right thing for the right reasons, being confident enough to take risks and responsible enough to think of those who your decisions and risks may affect.”


142. I came to believe that a leader isn't good because they're right; they're good because they're willing to learn and to trust. - Author: Stanley A. McChrystal


143. Quality effective leaders have the confidence to trust others to try, succeed, and sometimes to fail. We very often confuse personality with leadership. In other words, leadership is not about being a nice person or not a nice person. - Author: Simon Sinek


144. “It’s okay to admit what you don’t know. It’s okay to ask for help. And it’s more than okay to listen to the people you lead – in fact, it’s essential.” —Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors


145. “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


146. “Success is an exception, so be exceptional.”


147. TRUST RESULTS FROM MERIT AND ACCOUNTABILITY - Author: Miguel Reynolds Brandao


148. When people feel trusted, they'll begin to understand they are contributors--and you'll get great ideas and happy people. - Author: Eunice Parisi-Carew


149. “Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” —George Patton, general in the United States Army


150. “Magic happens when you connect people. I credit much of my success to always making it a point to truly get to know people and help them whenever I can. It’s become the backbone of our firm’s success. Women founders in particular are often highly skilled at making connections that can help advance their businesses.”


151. “Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily, even if you had no title or position.” —Brian Tracy, Canadian-American motivational public speaker


152. “The effective leader recognizes that they are more dependent on their people than they are on them. Walk softly.” Brian Tracy


153. The goal of leadership is not to be likable or loved but to be proven trustworthy and respected. - Author: Miles Anthony Smith


154. “The most important thing about leadership is your character and the values that guide your life.” – BRENDA BARNES Twitter-Bird Small


155. “It is true that integrity alone won’t make you a leader, but without integrity you will never be one.” – ZIG ZIGLAR


156. “A clear vision, backed by definite plans, gives you a tremendous feeling of confidence and personal power.” Brian Tracy


157. “The value of our lives is not determined by what we do for ourselves. The value of our lives is determined by what we do for others.”


158. “A boss who micromanages is like a coach who wants to get in the game. Leaders guide and support and then sit back to cheer from the sidelines.”


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


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


161. Employee Engagement: The state at which there is reciprocal trust between the employee and leadership to do what's right however, whenever and with whomever. - Author: Dan Pontefract


162. “You must trust and believe in people, or life becomes impossible.” —Anton Chekhov


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


164. Best Leadership Quotes


165. “A leader is a dealer in hope.” —Napoleon Bonaparte, French military and political leader


166. “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.


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


168. “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


169. “Leading people is the most challenging and, therefore, the most gratifying undertaking of all human endeavors.” —Jocko Willink, American author, podcaster, and retired United States Navy Officer


170. Without trust, at best you get compliance.” –Jesse Lyn Stoner, author of Full Steam Ahead


171. “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


172. “When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.”


173. “Individuals on teams with high trust bring in more revenue, are less likely to leave Google, are more likely to harness the power of diverse ideas from their teammates and are rated as effective twice as often by executives. There is no team without trust.” Paul Santagata, Head of Industry at Google


174. “Efficiency is doing the thing right. Effectiveness is doing the right thing.” - Peter F. Drucker


175. “I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” —Ginni Rometty, Executive Chairman of IBM


176. “Leadership is not a person or a position. It is a complex moral relationship between people based on trust, obligation, commitment, emotion, and a shared vision of the good.”


177. “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


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


179. “Business is about people, and your reputation is built on how you treat people.” – BRUCE RAUNER Twitter-Bird Small


180. “Trust, but verify. —RONALD REAGAN”


181. “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, author, speaker, and pastor


182. “My father always said, ‘Never trust anyone whose TV is bigger than their book shelf.’”– Emilia Clarke


183. “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


184. “When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, it is ready to climb.” —Patanjali


185. “You need to spend political capital - be unafraid to introduce people, compliment somebody when it’s deserved and stand up for something you really believe in, rather than just go with the flow.”


186. “Great teams have trust at the heart of their success. If you don’t trust each other, you’ll play safe. Trust makes it possible to aim higher. To leap further and to know someone has your back if you fall.” Adam Grant


187. “If you enjoy the process, you’re most likely to like the finished product as well.” - Ankit Mishra


188. “The ethical leader we are at home will matter more in the eternities than the false glow of platitudes attached to title.” Jim Woods


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


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


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


192. “When you delegate work to a member of the team, your job is to clearly frame success and describe the objectives.” Steven Sinofsky


193. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” —Stephen R. Covey, American educator


194. “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 Maxwell


195. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” —Thomas A. Edison, American inventor


196. “What you do has far greater impact than what you say.” Stephen Covey


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


198. “I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” —Ralph Nader, American political activist, author, lecturer, and attorney


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


200. “The key to success is action.” Brian Tracy


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


202. “One of the criticisms I’ve faced over the years is that I’m not aggressive enough or assertive enough or maybe somehow, because I’m empathetic, it means I’m weak. I totally rebel against that. I refuse to believe that you cannot be both compassionate and strong.” —Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand


203. Leadership is about integrity, honesty and accountability. All components of trust. - Author: Simon Sinek


204. “It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.” – ELEANOR ROOSEVELT


205. “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


206. “People who take a long view of their lives and careers always seem to make much better decisions about their time and activities than people who give very little thought to the future.” Brian Tracy


207. “We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behaviour.”


208. “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” —Albert Einstein


209. “When you delegate tasks, you create followers. When you delegate authority, you create leaders.” Craig Groeschel


210. “Low trust causes friction, whether it is caused by unethical”


211. “A team is not a group of people who work together. A team is a group of people who trust each other.” Simon Sinek


212. “The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.” —Faye Wattleton, American reproductive rights activist


213. “A culture is strong when people work with each other, for each other. A culture is weak when people work against each other, for themselves.”


214. “One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” – BRYANT MCGILL


215. 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


216. “The supreme quality of leadership is unquestionably integrity.” – DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER Twitter-Bird Small


217. “Learning is not a one-time event or a periodic luxury. Great leaders in great companies recognize that the ability to constantly learn, innovate, and improve is vital to their success.” Amy Edmondson


218. “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” – OSCAR WILDE


219. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” —Mother Teresa, Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary


220. “Leadership is not something that is done to people, like fixing your teeth. Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.” Bill Bradley


221. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for 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


222. “Education is the mother of leadership.” —Wendell Willkie, lawyer


223. “Be prepared and be honest.” – JOHN WOODEN Twitter-Bird Small


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


225. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – GANDHI Twitter-Bird Small


226. “It is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest, that holds human associations together.” —H. L. Mencken


227. “The people when rightly and fully trusted will return the trust.” – Abraham Lincoln


228. “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


229. “Without being willing to fail and continually get back up again, I would never have been able to find the right market and establish my product within it."


230. “Great leaders must have two things: a vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate that vision clearly.”


231. “If everything goes right, we get a good experience. If everything goes wrong, we get a good story.”


232. “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


233. The first job of a leader - at work or at home - is to inspire trust. It's to bring out the best in people by entrusting them with meaningful stewardships, and to create an environment in which high-trust interaction inspires creativity and possibility. - Author: Stephen M.R. Covey


234. “It’s okay to admit what you don’t know. It’s okay to ask for help. And it’s more than okay to listen to the people you lead – in fact, it’s essential.”


235. “We need to accept that we don’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes. Understand that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.”


236. “If you’re not making some notable mistakes along the way, you’re certainly not taking enough business and career chances."


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


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


239. “Authenticity is the alignment of head, mouth, heart, and feet – thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing – consistently.” – LANCE SECRETAN Twitter-Bird Small


240. Great leaders build trust from their team because the leader is willing to put his/her people "first." Once the team believes that, they will put their leader, and the company, first as well. - Author: Beth Ramsay


241. “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


242. “Trust, but verify.” – Ronald Reagan


243. “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, revolutionary, statesman, and philanthropist


244. “I wouldn’t ask anyone to do anything I wouldn’t do myself.” – INDRA NOOYI Twitter-Bird Small


245. “Low trust causes friction, whether it is caused by unethical behavior or by ethical but incompetent behavior (because even good intentions can never take the place of bad judgment). Low trust is the greatest cost in life and in organizations, including families. Low trust creates hidden agendas, politics, interpersonal conflict, interdepartmental rivalries, win-lose thinking, defensive and protective communication—all of which reduce the speed of trust. Low trust slows everything—every decision, every communication, and every relationship.”


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


247. “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


248. “The glue that holds all relationships together–including the relationship between the leader and the led–is trust, and trust is based on integrity.” —Brian Tracy


249. “Dealing with complexity is an inefficient and unnecessary waste of time, attention, and mental energy. There is never any justification for things being complex when they could be simple.” Edward de Bono


250. “Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


251. “The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.” – ALBERT EINSTEIN Twitter-Bird Small


252. “for every thousand people hacking at the leaves of evil, there is one striking at the roots.”


253. “Leaders are innovative, entrepreneurial, and future-oriented. They focus on getting the job done.” Brian Tracy


254. “Leaders never use the word failure. They look upon setbacks as learning experiences.” Brian Tracy


255. “Above all, success in business requires two things: a winning competitive strategy, and superb organizational execution. Distrust is the enemy of both. I submit that while high trust won't necessarily rescue a poor strategy, low trust will almost always derail a good one. ”


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


257. “Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.” – Zig Ziglar


258. “A star wants to see himself rise to the top. A leader wants to see those around him rise to the top.” Simon Sinek


259. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”


260. “Recently, as I was teaching this concept, a CFO—who deals with numbers all the time—came up to me and said, “This is fascinating! I’ve always seen trust as a nice thing to have, but I never, ever, thought of it in terms of its impact on economics and speed. Now that you’ve pointed it out, I can see it everywhere I turn. “For example, we have one supplier in whom we have complete trust. Everything happens fast with this group, and the relationship hardly costs us anything to maintain. But with another supplier, we have very little trust. It takes forever to get anything done, and it costs us a lot of time and effort to support the relationship. And that’s costing us money—too much money!” This CFO was amazed when everything suddenly fell into place in his mind. Even though he was a “numbers” guy, he had not connected the dots with regard to trust. Once he saw it, everything suddenly made sense. He could immediately see how trust was affecting everything in the organization, and how robust and powerful the idea of the relationship between trust, speed, and cost was for analyzing what was happening in his business and for taking steps to significantly increase profitable growth.”


261. “If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.” —Thomas Aquinas, Italian philosopher


262. “A year from now you will wish you had started today.” —Karen Lamb, author


263. “Greatness starts with a clear vision of the future.”


264. “Vision is a destination – a fixed point to which we focus all effort. Strategy is a route – an adaptable path to get us where we want to go.”


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266. “Happy employees ensure happy customers. And happy customers ensure happy shareholders – in that order.”


267. Instead I take the lead, Tobias silent at my side, and though he does not touch me, he steadies me. - Author: Veronica Roth


268. “(S × E)T = R ([Strategy times Execution] multiplied by Trust equals Results)”


269. “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” William Falkner


270. “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. The point is to become yourself, to use yourself completely – all your skills, gifts and energies – in order to make your vision manifest. You must withhold nothing. You must, in sum, become the person you started out to be, and to enjoy the process of becoming.” —Warren Bennis, American scholar, organizational consultant, and author


271. “One thing to be careful of with regard to skills is what author Jim Collins calls “the curse of competence.” It’s the idea that sometimes we become good at doing something we’re not really talented in or passionate about. As my father often says, “Your current skill-set may or may not correspond with your natural talents.” We need to make certain that the skills we develop don’t limit or define us. At the end of the day, talent provides a deeper well than skills.”


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


273. Women feel a need for a certain level of prior training and experience that men do not necessarily demand in order to jump into a new role. There's a need for women to trust themselves more... - Author: Selena Rezvani


274. “A leader without a title is better than a title without the ability to lead.”


275. “Earn trust, earn trust, earn trust. Then you can worry about the rest.” – SETH GODIN Twitter-Bird Small


276. “Leadership is the capacity to transform vision into reality.” Warren G. Bennis


277. “The good you do today will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.” – MOTHER TERESA Twitter-Bird Small


278. “Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.” John C. Maxwell


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


280. 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.


281. “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


282. “It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.” – ELEANOR ROOSEVELT Twitter-Bird Small


283. “I’ve always subscribed to the belief that the best leader is not one who has the most followers, but one who creates the most leaders. I strive every day — and in every program and offering we have at Integrous Women — to create more conscious, confident, and soulful leaders who, in return, will build a better world for all.”


284. “Trust doesn’t mean that you trust that someone won’t screw up—it means you trust them when they do screw up.” Ed Catmull, CEO, Pixar


285. “A good leader must hate the wrong thing more than they hate the pain of doing the right thing.” —Angela Jiang, product manager


286. “The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.”


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


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


289. “There are leaders and there are those who lead. Leaders hold a position of power or influence. Those who lead inspire us.”


290. “In today’s fast-paced business world, the more trust you have across your organisation, the faster you can operate.” Marie-Claire Ross, Author, Trusted to Thrive: How leaders create connected and accountable teams.


291. “Earn your leadership every day.” – MICHAEL JORDAN Twitter-Bird Small


292. “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.” – GENERAL COLIN POWELL Twitter-Bird Small


293. “A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.” —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, German poet, playwright, and novelist


294. An honorable leader must demonstrate a willingness to reveal his or her 'inner self' to their team. It builds trust and trust is essential. It's also a sign of strength and authenticity, and people are attracted to those who are 'real' and authentic. - Author: Lee Ellis


295. “The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.” —Padmasree Warrior, CEO & founder of Fable


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


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


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


299. “Leadership is hard to define, and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader.”


300. “Do the right thing. Always.” – TED COINÉ Twitter-Bird Small


301. “If you don’t have trust inside your company, then you can’t transfer it to your customers.” —Roger Staubach


302. “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, author of Managing for the Future


303. “Trust the process. Your time is coming. Just do the work and the results will handle themselves.” - Tony Gaskins


304. “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, American entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker


305. Followers have a very clear picture of what they want and need from the most influential leaders in their lives: trust, compassion, stability, and hope - Author: Tom Rath


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


307. “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


308. “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else."


309. “You can and should set your own limits and clearly articulate them. This takes courage, but it is also liberating and empowering, and often earns you new respect.”


310. “The challenge of the unknown future is so much more exciting than the stories of the accomplished past.”


311. “we judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior.”


312. “In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.” Warren Buffet


313. “Be the leader you wish you had.”


314. “Do not be afraid to make decisions. Do not be afraid to make mistakes.”


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


316. “Leadership is about the team – the culture they keep and embrace; it’s about empathy for your customers, clients, employees and the communities where you do business; it’s about doing the right thing for the right reasons, being confident enough to take risks and responsible enough to think of those who your decisions and risks may affect.” —Kat Cole, COO & President of FOCUS Brands


317. “Leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing.”


318. “I’m a maniacal perfectionist. And if I weren’t, I wouldn’t have this company.”


319. “If you really want to grow as an entrepreneur, you’ve got to learn to delegate.” Richard Branson


320. “Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.”


321. “A team fused by trust and purpose is much more potent. They can improvise a coordinated response to dynamic, real-time developments.” General Stanley McChrystal


322. “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


323. “If a man's associates find him guilty of being phony, if they find that he lacks forthright integrity, he will fail. His teachings and actions must square with each other. The first great need, therefore, is integrity and high purpose.”


324. The answers to these questions will determine your success or failure. 1) Can people trust me to do what's right? 2) Am I committed to doing my best? 3) Do I care about other people and show it? If the answers to these questions are yes, there is no way you can fail. - Author: Lou Holtz


325. “Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you’ll be criticized anyway.”


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


327. “We need to accept that we don’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes. Understand that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” —Arianna Huffington, founder & CEO, Thrive Global


328. “We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.” —Thomas Moore


329. “Leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes.” —Margaret Wheatley, writer, teacher, and speaker


330. “In a networked world, trust is the most important currency.”


331. “In a high-trust relationship, you can say the wrong thing, and people will still get your meaning. In a low-trust relationship, you can be very measured, even precise, and they’ll still misinterpret you.”


332. Trust is equal parts character and competence ... You can look at any leadership failure, and it's always a failure of one or the other. - Author: Stephen Covey


333. “We need to think of the future and the planet we are going to leave to our children and their children.” —Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat


334. “If you are committed to creating value and if you aren’t afraid of hard times; obstacles become utterly unimportant. A nuisance perhaps; but with no real power. The world respects creation; people will get out of your way.”


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


336. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – DALAI LAMA Twitter-Bird Small


337. Character makes trust possible, and trust is the foundation of leadership. - Author: John C. Maxwell


338. “Emotional intelligence is the ability to use emotion to increase your own and others’ success.”


339. “The test of leadership is, is anything or anyone better because of you?” —Mark Sanborn, author, professional speaker, and entrepreneur


340. “Hire people who are better than you are, then leave them to get on with it … Look for people who will aim for the remarkable, who will not settle for the routine.” David Ogilvy


341. “The best leaders have a high consideration factor. They really care about their people” Brian Tracy


342. TRUST AND FAIRNESS DEVELOP HARMONY - Author: Miguel Reynolds Brandao


343. “When you compete against everyone else, no one wants to help you. But when you compete against yourself, everyone wants to help you.”


344. “Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean.” – MIGUEL ÁNGEL RUIZ Twitter-Bird Small


345. “If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings — and put compensation as a carrier behind it — you almost don’t have to manage them.” Jack Welch


346. “You can be a leader in your workplace, your neighborhood, or your family, all without having a title.” —Travis Bradberry, author


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


348. “If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.” Harvey Mackay


349. “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


350. “A person has integrity when there is no gap between intent and behavior…when he or she is whole, seamless, the same—inside and out. I call this “congruence.” And it is congruence—not compliance—that will ultimately create credibility and trust.”


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


352. “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” Bob Marley


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


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


355. “Bad leaders care about who is right. Good leaders care about what is right.”


356. “The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.” —Warren Bennis, American scholar, organizational consultant, and author


357. “Leaders walk a fine line between self-confidence and humility.” —Stanley McChrystal, retired United States Army General


358. “Power isn’t control at all—power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own.” —Beth Revis, author


359. America has receded from the world. Today our friends and allies don't trust us. And our enemies don't fear us. I think we should get back, number one, to American leadership in the world. - Author: Ted Cruz


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


361. Facts and intuition are false opposites.


362. “If people are aligned in a common strategic direction and trust each other’s motives, then all will ‘move faster’ – all saving cost and time to both parties and increases the chances of achieving end value goals. In a hostile takeover there is even greater risk, with target and acquiring firms often suspicious of each other’s intentions, and claiming the other party’s lack of trustworthiness.” Edward Marshall


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


364. Leadership requires followership and following is an act of trust, faith in the course of the leader, and that faith can be generated only if leaders act with integrity. - Author: Lawrence M. Miller


365. “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, author


366. “Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.” —Bill Bradley, American politician and former professional basketball player


367. “Martin Luther King gave the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, not the ‘I Have a Plan’ speech.”


368. “One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” – BRYANT MCGILL Twitter-Bird Small


369. “Whether you’re on a sports team, in an office or a member of a family, if you can’t trust one another there’s going to be trouble.”


370. “He who does not trust enough, will not be trusted.” – LAO TZU Twitter-Bird Small


371. “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not. Oprah Winfrey


372. “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” —Margaret Fuller, American journalist and editor


373. “When we tell people to do their jobs, we get workers. When we trust people to get the job done, we get leaders.”


374. “You are authentic when everything you say and everything you do you ACTUALLY believe.”


375. “The goal is not to be perfect by the end. The goal is to be better today.”


376. “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.” - Martin Luther King


377. “Leadership is not a license to do less. Leadership is a responsibility to do more.”


378. “we judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior. This is why, as we’ll discuss later, one of the fastest ways to restore trust is to make and keep commitments—even very small commitments—to ourselves and to others.”


379. “We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.” Peter Drucker


380. “Making the decision to not follow a system, or someone else’s rules has allowed me to really dig into what my own strengths and gifts are without spending time feeling jaded or wasteful.”


381. “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”


382. “As a leader, it’s a major responsibility on your shoulders to practice the behavior you want others to follow.” —Himanshu Bhatia, CEO of Chesterfield


383. “Don’t be afraid to show your vulnerability. Be transparent with your team, even when the truth may be unpopular or inconvenient.” – BILL GEORGE Twitter-Bird Small


384. “Hearing is listening to what is said. Listening is hearing what isn’t said.”


385. “‘Restore connection’ is not just for devices, it is for people too. If we cannot disconnect, we cannot lead.” —Arianna Huffington, founder & CEO, Thrive Global


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


387. The best thing you can give as a leader is a reason to trust. People want to trust. They're hungry for it. But they're selective. They'll only give it to a motivator, a communicator, a teacher, a real person. Someone who in good times and bad always does the right thing. - Author: Jeffrey R. Immelt


388. “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


389. “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, Austrian-American management consultant, educator, and author


390. “Dream big. Start small. But most of all, start.”


391. “If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants.” —Isaac Newton, English mathematician, physicist, and astronomer


392. “When consumers purchase a Toyota, they are not simply purchasing a car, truck or van. They are placing their trust in our company.” – Akio Toyoda


393. “People respond well to those that are sure of what they want.”


394. “The real test of leadership is to be as authentic at home as we pretend to be at work.” Jim Woods


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


396. “When people honor each other, there is a trust established that leads to synergy, interdependence, and deep respect. Both parties make decisions and choices based on what is right, what is best, what is valued most highly.” —Blaine Lee


397. 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


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


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


400. “Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss. Or they won’t. Who cares? Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” —Tina Fey, actress, comedian, and writer


401. “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, philosopher and writer


402. “The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him.” – HENRY L. STIMSON


403. “It only takes one person to mobilize a community and inspire change. Even if you don’t feel like you have it in you, it’s in you. You have to believe in yourself. People will see your vision and passion and follow you.” Teyonah Parris


404. “Leadership is an action, not a position.” —Donald McGannon, broadcasting executive


405. “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


406. “If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” —Maya Angelou, civil rights activist and poet


407. “It takes a great man to be a good listener.” – CALVIN COOLIDGE Twitter-Bird Small


408. “The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first.” —Iyanla Vanzant, American inspirational speaker, author, and lawyer


409. “I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist."


410. “No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit.” Andrew Carnegie


411. Cultivate a network of trusted mentors and colleagues. Other people can give us the best insight into ourselves—and our own limitations. We must have the courage to ask for help and to request feedback to expand our vision of what's possible.”


412. “The one who does not trust enough, will not be trusted.” – Lao Tzu


413. “Don’t be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own backyard.” General Colin Powell


414. Made in America. Heck, let's make everything in America. Let's make pride and trust and teamwork more than chalk on a Harvard blackboard. - Author: Chris Bent


415. “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


416. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” —Steve Jobs, chairman of Apple


417. “Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police.” Albert Einstein


418. “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


419. “Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


420. “One of the criticisms I’ve faced over the years is that I’m not aggressive enough or assertive enough or maybe somehow, because I’m empathetic, it means I’m weak. I totally rebel against that. I refuse to believe that you cannot be both compassionate and strong.”


421. “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” – Ernest Hemingway


422. “I believe in a quiet, strong and grounded leadership. I think some of the best leaders are those whose work is widely known and respected but who, themselves, are relatively unknown.” —Rachael Chong, founder and CEO of Catchafire


423. “You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” —Steve Jobs, chairman of Apple


424. The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. - William Arthur Ward


425. “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


426. When you are a person people can trust, they will call on upon you, love to be around you and work with you. - Author: Israelmore Ayivor


427. Letting go of the security of what is commonly understood requires a big leap of faith and a willingness to fall. - Author: Henry Kimsey-House


428. ReThink Real Success: Keeping your word to others and never lying to yourself - Author: Tony Dovale


429. “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is today.”


430. “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” —Sheryl Sandberg, American business executive, billionaire, and philanthropist


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


432. “Respect is the key determinant of high-performance leadership. how much people respect you determines how well they perform.” Brian Tracy


433. “You are never too small to make a difference.” —Greta Thunberg, environmental activist


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


435. “I believe fundamental honesty is the keystone of business.” – HARVEY FIRESTONE Twitter-Bird Small


436. “Purpose affirms trust, trust affirms purpose and together they forge individuals into a working team.” Coleman Ruiz, Navy SEAL


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


438. “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


439. “Life is beautiful not because of the things we see or do. Life is beautiful because of the people we meet.”


440. “There is one thing that is common to every individual, relationship, team, family, organization, nation, economy, and civilization throughout the world—one thing which, if removed, will destroy the most powerful government, the most successful business, the most thriving economy, the most influential leadership, the greatest friendship, the strongest character, the deepest love. On the other hand, if developed and leveraged, that one thing has the potential to create unparalleled success and prosperity in every dimension of life. Yet, it is the least understood, most neglected, and most underestimated possibility of our time. That one thing is trust.”


441. “The ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust with all stakeholders—customers, business partners, investors, and coworkers—is the key leadership competency of the new global economy.”


442. “Be sure you put your feet in the right place. Then stand firm.” – ABRAHAM LINCOLN Twitter-Bird Small


443. “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” —Peter F. Drucker, Austrian-American management consultant, educator, and author


444. “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, American writer, and activist


445. Teamwork and trust trump ego and arrogance in building high performance sustainable successful teams. Rethink your team building ideas - Author: Tony Dovale


446. “To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.” —George MacDonald


447. “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence, and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”


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


449. “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.” —Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Independence Movement leader


450. “Customers will never love a company until its employees love it first.”


451. “The really expert riders of horses let the horse know immediately who is in control, but then guide the horse with loose reins and seldom use the spurs.” Sandra Day O’Connor


452. “We fail when we deem leadership at work to be more important than leadership at home.” Jim Woods


453. 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


454. “Trust is the lubrication that makes it possible for organizations to work.” – WARREN BENNIS


455. Trust. And be trusted. - Author: Richie Norton


456. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” —Helen Keller, author, activist, and lecturer


457. “It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” Warren Buffett


458. “Don’t show up to prove. Show up to improve.”


459. “We’d achieve more if we chase the dream instead of the competition.”


460. “Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.”


461. “Don’t be a bottleneck. If a matter is not a decision for the President or you, delegate it. Force responsibility down and out. Find problem areas, add structure and delegate. The pressure is to do the reverse. Resist it.” Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense


462. “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


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


464. “Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” Mary Tyler Moore


465. “Failure is a part of that whole process. You just learn to pick yourself up. And the quicker and more resilient you become, the better you are.” - Michelle Obama


466. “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” —Warren Buffett, investor


467. “Trust is equal parts character and competence... You can look at any leadership failure, and it's always a failure of one or the other.”


468. “A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men.” —Stephen King, author


469. “Your words and deeds must match if you expect employees to trust in your leadership.” – KEVIN KRUSE Twitter-Bird Small


470. “Conviction, commitment, credibility: the three pillars of morally courageous leadership.” – GENERAL JOHN MICHEL Twitter-Bird Small


471. “When people don’t trust each other everything is slow and takes a million meetings. It’s like sludge and they block each other. Nothing moves quickly. You end up doubling up on resources. If you could just trust each other, you could talk about issues.” Kate Morris, CEO, Adore Beauty


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


473. With King Abdullah's leadership and his people's trust he can keep the kingdom stable and secure in all its affairs. - Author: Sultan Bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud


474. We develop trust when we show that we are reliable, by doing what we say we are going to do to take care of that treasure, and then stepping it up by doing more, by anticipating problems and handling them before they even happen. - Author: Michele Jennae


475. “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” – NAPOLEON HILL


476. “Listening is not understanding the words of the question asked, listening is understanding why the question was asked in the first place.”


477. “Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.” Jessica Jackley


478. “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” —Max Lucado, author and pastor


479. “The ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust is the key professional and personal competency of our time.” – STEPHEN M.R. COVEY Twitter-Bird Small


480. “You have to look at your career and personal life at the big-picture level: it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Doing that helps me feel OK during the weeks when one part of my life overwhelms the other.” —Joanna Horsnail, partner at Mayer Brown LLP


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


482. When the trust level gets high enough, people transcend apparent limits, discovering new and awesome abilities of which they were previously unaware.” —David Armistead


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


484. “Leadership is neither a rank nor a title. It is a choice. The choice to provide care and protection for those for whom we are responsible.”


485. “When you break the big laws, you do not get liberty; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws.”


486. “Putting yourself first is not selfish. Quite the opposite. You must put your happiness and health first before you can be of help to anyone else.”


487. “Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles; Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it. Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


488. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo Buscaglia


489. “By the standards of the rest of the world, we overtrust. So far it has worked very well for us.” – CHARLIE MUNGER Twitter-Bird Small


490. Every book you've ever read on LEADERSHIP will finally make sense (and become practical) if you change the word "leader" to INFLUENCER. - Author: Richie Norton


491. “The good you do today will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.” – MOTHER TERESA


492. “It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.” – Samuel Johnson


493. “The people when rightly and fully trusted will return the trust.” —Abraham Lincoln


494. When a Promise of Leadership is neglected or unfulfilled, trust is broken, engagement erodes, and performance suffers. - Author: William A. Adams


495. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”


496. “No one is going to make you a leader. Take the reins, create your own opportunity, and build the career that you deserve.” Devin Bramhall


497. “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 — even as the rest of the world wonders why you’re not marching in step with the status quo. In other words, real leaders are happy to zig while others zag. They understand that in an era of hyper-competition and non-stop disruption, the only way to stand out from the crowd is to stand for something special.” Bill Taylor


498. “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” – OPRAH WINFREY Twitter-Bird Small


499. “As you go to work, your top responsibility should be to be trust.” Robert Eckert, CEO, Mattel


500. “Above all, success in business requires two things: a winning competitive strategy, and superb organizational execution. Distrust is the enemy of both.” I submit that while high trust won’t necessarily rescue a poor strategy, low trust will almost always derail a good one.”


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


502. I think a captain is someone who captains on the cricket field but, most of the leadership that happens is off the cricket field. It's very easy to captain people on the cricket field, but if you can start leading them off the cricket field, and show them that trust, what you have in them. - Author: Gautam Gambhir


503. “No one else is going to build the life you want for you. No one else will even be able to completely understand it. The most amazing souls will show up to cheer you along the way, but this is your game. Make a pact to be in it with yourself for the long haul, as your own supportive friend at every step along the way.”


504. “The key responsibility of leadership is to think about the future. No one else can do it for you.” Brian Tracy


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


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


507. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – BOOKER T. WASHINGTON Twitter-Bird Small


508. “Leadership distilled down to 3 words: Make a difference.” —Robin Sharma, Canadian writer


509. “The glue that holds all relationships together–including the relationship between the leader and the led–is trust, and trust is based on integrity.” Brian Tracy


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


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


512. “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, French writer, poet, and aristocrat


513. “People respond well to those that are sure of what they want.” —Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue


514. “Conviction, commitment, credibility: the three pillars of morally courageous leadership.” – GENERAL JOHN MICHEL


515. It is essential to employ, trust, and reward those whose perspective, ability, and judgment are radically different from yours. It is also rare, for it requires uncommon humility, tolerance, and wisdom. - Author: Dee Hock


516. “Trust is the lubrication that makes it possible for organizations to work.” —Warren Bennis


517. Trust me, there are as many ways of living as there are men, and one is no more fit to lead another, than a bird to lead a fish, or a fish a quadruped. - Author: Frances Wright


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


519. “When you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible.” – HOWARD SCHULTZ Twitter-Bird Small


520. “Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.” Eleanor Roosevelt


521. “The principle is simply this: We tend to get what we expect—both from ourselves and from others. When we expect more, we tend to get more; when we expect less, we tend to get less.”


522. “Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people.” – BARBARA BUSH


523. “Always tell the truth or the truth will tell on you.” – FRANK SONNENBERG Twitter-Bird Small


524. “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” – THEODORE ROOSEVELT


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


526. “There is a difference between listening and waiting for your turn to speak.”


527. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin


528. “Your reputation and integrity are everything. Follow through on what you say you're going to do. Your credibility can only be built over time, and it is built from the history of your words and actions."


529. “Leadership is not about men in suits. It is a way of life for those who know who they are and are willing to be their best to create the life they want to live.” —Kathleen Schafer, CEO of Human Being Store


530. “The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”


531. “A leader doesn’t need any credit…. He’s getting more credit than he deserves anyway. —ROBERT TOWNSEND, FORMER CEO, AVIS”


532. Believe you can and you will be halfway there. - Author: Lolly Daskal


533. True leadership is moral authority, not formal authority. Leadership is a choice, not a position. The choice is to follow universal timeless principles, which will build trust and respect from the entire organization. Those with formal authority alone will lose this trust and respect. - Author: Stephen Covey


534. Credibility is lost when there are big discrepancies between what leaders say and what they do ... Increasing credibility requires openness. Hidden agendas will destroy trust. - Author: Judith M Bardwick


535. “Great teams consist of individuals who have learned to trust each other. Over time, they have discovered each other’s strengths and weaknesses, enabling them to play as a coordinated whole.” Amy Edmondson


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


537. “Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.” W. Clement Stone


538. “Without trust, you generate a dysfunctional organisation and teams. There is no meaningful connection between a group of people. It’s just meaningless coordination. It is trust that shifts a group of people into a team.” Marie-Claire Ross, CEO, Trustologie


539. “It’s only when you make the process your goal that the big dream can follow.” - Oprah


540. “My own definition of leadership is this: the capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.” —General Montgomery, British Army Officer


541. “Vulnerability is not weakness.” – BRENÉ BROWN Twitter-Bird Small


542. “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


543. “A man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts.” – HAROLD MACMILLAN Twitter-Bird Small


544. “The moment there is suspicion about a person’s motives, everything he does becomes tainted. —MAHATMA GANDHI”


545. “Trust, in its fullest sense, extends beyond simply having great confidence in a person, of faith that a task will be performed. Trust manifests itself when one becomes committed to the protection and care of someone else—he is entrusted to that person who holds his faith in trust.”


546. “Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.” - Tom Peters


547. “If we can't trust ourselves, we'll have a hard time trusting others.”


548. “For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth.” – BO BENNETT Twitter-Bird Small


549. I needed to do my current job well, keep preparing, and wait on God's timing. I needed to trust His leadership rather than try to force an outcome I wanted. - Author: Tony Dungy


550. “The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good.” Brian Tracy


551. “It’s better to have a great team than a team of greats.”


552. “Left untended, knowledge and skill, like all assets, depreciate in value—surprisingly quickly. —DAVID MAISTER, BUSINESS AUTHOR AND CONSULTANT”


553. Resilient communities relied on informal networks of deep trust to contend with and heal disruption. - Author: Andrew Zolli


554. Continuous learning leads to continuous improvement. Commit yourself to advancing your knowledge, skills, and expertise. The business environment is quickly changing, and your understanding of the leading practices, thinking, and emerging tools will help you manage for better results. Be a lifelong student.


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


556. “Leadership requires five ingredients–brains, energy, determination, trust, and ethics. The key challenges today are in terms of the last two–trust and ethics.” —Fred Hilmer


557. “When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.” –Stephen R. Covey


558. “Don’t give to get. Give to inspire others to give.”


559. “Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


560. The deeper your relationship with others, the more effective will be your leadership. People will not follow you if they do not trust you, and before someone will lend you a hand, you must first touch their heart. - Author: Robin Sharma


561. “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


562. “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.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


563. “Leadership is not a person or a position. It is a complex moral relationship between people based on trust, obligation, commitment, emotion, and a shared vision of the good.” —Joanne Ciulla, American philosopher


564. “Trust is the highest form of human motivation. It brings out the very best in people.” – STEPHEN R. COVEY Twitter-Bird Small


565. “Superior leaders are willing to admit a mistake and cut their losses. Be willing to admit that you’ve changed your mind. Don’t persist when the original decision turns out to be a poor one.” Brian Tracy


566. “Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.” —Dianne Feinstein, Senior United States Senator


567. “A good leader is able to paint a picture of a vision for the future and then enlist others to go on the journey with her. A truly conscious leader recognizes that it is not about her, but that the team is looking to her for inspiration and direction. Keeping her ego in check is essential.”


568. “A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help th