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100 Best Leadership Quotes To Inspire The Leader Within You

If you’re looking for a few great leadership quotes to inspire the leader within you, then this blog post is just what you need.

Are you a leader in the making? Leadership is not an easy task. It takes patience, empathy and understanding to lead well. But it also requires someone who can see things through to the end; be able to make tough decisions, and cultivate optimism even when times are tough.

To help you tap into that type of leadership potential, we’ve compiled 100 of our favorite quotes about leadership that will inspire the leader within you!

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Leadership Quotes

The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority. – Ken Blanchard
A leader is someone who helps people realize their potential. – John Quincy Adams
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The answer is that a boss says, ‘Go!’ A leader says, ‘Let’s go!’ – E.M. Swift.
A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible. – Polybius
Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s incredible what they can accomplish. – Sam Walton
Leadership Quotes
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. – Warren Bennis
Leadership is not about titles, positions, or work hours. It’s about relationships. – Jim Kouzes
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. – Theodore Roosevelt
Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better. – Bill Gates
Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily, even if you had no title or position. – Brian Tracy
Leadership is not a rank. It’s an approach. – Unknown
The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority. – Ken Blanchard
A good leader leads the people from behind. – Nelson Mandela
Leadership consists of taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Inspiring Leadership Quotes

You gain strength, courage, and confidence from every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. – Eleanor Roosevelt
The role of leadership is to transform complex situations into small pieces and prioritize them. – Carlos Ghosn
Inspiring Leadership Quotes
The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. – Warren Bennis
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. – Harry S. Truman
Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. – General George Patton
Leadership is an action, not a position. – Donald McGannon
A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position. – John Maxwell
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
Leadership is an ever-evolving position. – Mike Krzyzewski
Earn your leadership every day. – Michael Jordan
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. – Peter Drucker
The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the most work but gets the most out of work done by others. – Andrew Carnegie
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. – Max DePreiste

Best Quotes On Leadership

To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less. – Andre Malraux
He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. – Aristotle
Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily, even if you had no title or position. – Brian Tracy
It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. – Bill Gates
A leader knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. -John Maxwell
My definition of leadership is the capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character that inspires confidence. – General Montgomery
Best Quotes On Leadership
A leader is a person you will follow to where you would not go by yourself. – Joel Barker
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I must follow the people. Am I not their leader? – Benjamin Disraeli
You manage things; you lead people. – Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
Those who let things happen usually lose to those who make things happen. – Dave Weinbaum
The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. – Kenneth Blanchard
Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult. – Warren Bennis
Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. – Publilius Syrus
A great person attracts great people and knows how to keep them together. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants to be done and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. – Theodore Roosevelt
Leadership is influence. – John C. Maxwell
You don’t lead by pointing and telling people someplace to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case. – Ken Kesey

Good Leader Quotes

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. – John F. Kennedy
Your greatest weakness can become your greatest strength-Unknown
The only difference between a capo and a leader is that the capo has no followers.-Alphonse “Big Al” D’Arco (From Mob Boss)
I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. – Ralph Nader
A leader is a dealer in hope. – Napoleon Bonaparte
You don’t need a title to be a leader. – Multiple Attributions
Leaders don’t inflict pain; they share the pain. – Max Depree
Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes an intelligent person to distinguish them. – Diogenes of Sinope
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; results, not attributes, define leadership. – Peter Drucker
I think one of the keys to leadership is recognizing that everybody has gifts and talents. A good leader will learn to harness those gifts toward the same goal. – Ben Carson
Good Leader Quotes
When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out. – Napoleon Bonaparte
The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who keep their ears to the ground.- Sir Winston Churchill
You cannot be a leader and ask other people to follow you unless you know how to follow, too. – Sam Rayburn
Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. – Jack Welch
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
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

I hope these leadership quotes were inspirational to you. Leadership is not an easy task, but it is worth it. With the right attitude and mindset, anyone can be a leader. Be sure to share this post with your friends and family if you enjoyed it!

Did you enjoy these leadership quotes? Be sure to share them with your friends and family if you do! Leadership is not an easy task, but it is worth it. With the right attitude and mindset, anyone can be a leader. Thanks for reading!

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