90 Leadership Quotes To Learn By 2016

By | September 11, 2015

What is leadership? These are people who do things right, right? Not exactly. All leaders make mistakes and learn from it fast before they ware them down. A good leader is someone with the ability to inspire or influence others towards their goals and vision. Here are 90 great quotes you should learn by 2016:


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

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

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

4. “Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

5. “Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn whatever state I am in, therin to be content.” – Helen Keller

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

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

8. “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other opinions drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

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

10. “Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

12. “We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret.” Earl Nightingale

13. “Followers are the gem cutters of leadership coaxing out its full brilliance.” — Ira Chaleff

14. “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

15. “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” — T.S. Eliot

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

17. “Success is not a destination, it’s a journey.” — Zig Ziglar

18. “In a battle between two ideas, the best one doesn’t necessarily win. No, the idea that wins is the one with the most fearless heretic behind it.” — Seth Godin

19. “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” — Harry S. Truman

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

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

22. “There is little you can learn from doing nothing.” — Zig Ziglar

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

24. “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

25. “I believe that one of life’s greatest risks is never daring to risk.” – Oprah Winfrey

26. “Personal leadership is the process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with them.” — Stephen Covey

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

28. “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.

29. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

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

31. In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock — Thomas Jefferson

32. “Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, happiness, which is everything in this world.” – Blaise Pascal

33. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
– Maya Angelou

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

35. “Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.” ― James C. Collins

36. “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

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

38. “The price of greatness is responsibility.” ― Winston Churchill

39. “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” ― Albert Einstein

40. “Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men–the other 999 follow women.” – Groucho Marx

41. “Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.” John F. Kennedy

42. “You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.” ― Mother Teresa

43. “”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

44. “Great vision without great people is irrelevant.” ― James. C. Collins

45. “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

46. “A leader’s most powerful ally is his or her own example.” ― John Wooden

47. “Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” ― John C. Maxwell

48. “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” – Nancy D. Solomon

49. “A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.” — Polybius

50. “The spiritual leader should outpace the rest of the church, above all, in prayer.” ― Oswald Sanders

51. “Desiring to excel is not a sin. It is motivation that determines ambition’s character. Our Lord never taught against the urge to high achievement, but He did expose and condemn unworthy motivation.” ― Oswald Sander

52. “You can impress from a distance, but you can only impact up close.” ― Howard Hendricks

53. “He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.” ― Aristotle

54. “My great concern for you in life is not that you will fail, but that you will succeed in doing the wrong things.” ― Howard Hendricks

55. “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

56. “It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.” ― John Steinbeck

57. “Always do right. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” ― Mark Twain

58. “We can do no great things – only small things with great love.” ― Mother Teresa

59. “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” ― Proverbs 29:18

60. “A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward.” —Ovid

61. “Leaders aren’t born, they are made.” ― Vince Lombardi

62. “He who has great power should use it lightly.” —Seneca

63. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” ― Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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

67. “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” ― Ken Blanchard

68. “Don’t quack like a duck; soar like an eagle.” ― Ken Blanchard

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

70. “To lead people, walk beside them. As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence … When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!’”” – Lao Tsu

71. “A big part of leadership is recognizing that your fruit often grows on other peoples trees.” – Todd Adkins

72. “Earn your leadership every day.” – Michael Jordan

73. “My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side.” – Abraham Lincoln

74. “Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.” – Proverbs 4:23

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

76. “Shifting toward management meant greater responsibility and influence, but it also meant giving up programming day-to-day in my role, which was hard because it took me out of my comfort zone.” – Marissa Mayer

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

78. “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.” – Marissa Mayer

79. “It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” — Nelson Mandela

80. “It’s through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we’ve always mapped our path at Dell. There’s always an opportunity to make a difference.” – Michael Dell

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

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

83. “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.” — Thomas Paine

84. “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

85. “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” – Bruce Lee

86. “Success is final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

87. “Try never to be the smartest person in the room. And if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people … or find a different room.” – Michael Dell

88. “Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken.” – Abigail Adams

89. “A bird that you set free may be caught again, but a word that escapes your lips will not return.” – Jewish Proverb

90. “Better pour out your troubles to a stone, but don’t carry them within yourself.” – Yiddish Proverb

About Alex Noudelman

Alex Noudelman is an educator, coach and Digital Marketing Manager with over 5 years of experience. Alex enjoys and strives to motivate others to better themselves professionally and on a personal note. Feel free to contact him if you have any questions or would like a specific topic covered.

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