Leadership Quotes

Enjoy these famous leadership quotes said by some truly inspirational leaders. You will also find leadership quotations from others. Reading these may change your thoughts on what it takes to be a leader. While all leaders have to be responsible for the bottom line, the words of William Arthur Ward are ones that should be remembered, "Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't always have to be their top priority."
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"I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?" Benjamin Disraeli

"He that cannot obey, cannot command." Benjamin Franklin

A good leader can't get too far ahead of his followers. Theodore Roosevelt

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

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. Kenneth Blanchard

There is an enormous number of managers who have retired on the job. Peter F. Drucker

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit. Arnold H. Glasgow

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Peter F. Drucker

"It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself." Eleanor Roosevelt

Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders. Tom Peters

"The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own." Benjamin Disraeli

"You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership." Dwight Eisenhower

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

"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

"Too many leaders act as if the sheep... their people... are there for the benefit of the shepherd, not that the shepherd has responsibility for the sheep." Kenneth Blanchard

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

"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 F. Drucker

"In the past a leader was a boss. Today's leaders must be partners with their people... they no longer can lead solely based on positional power." Kenneth Blanchard

"I always remember the axiom: 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


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"Having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it." Vince Lombardi

"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

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

"People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives." Theodore Roosevelt

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

"Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work." Vince Lombardi

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

"Leadership is not magnetic personality - that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not "making friends and influencing people" - that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to 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

"Your attitude as a manager or supervisor will be a major factor in determining what the climate is within your work group. And your attitude is one of the few things that is totally under your control." Pritchett, Price and Pound, Ron. Business As Unusual. Pritchett, LP, 2009, p. 3.

"Breaking worn-out habits and fighting bureaucratic practices are empty acts if you don't offer employees something better." Pritchett, Price and Pound, Ron. High Velocity Culture Change: A Handbook for Managers. Pritchett and Associates, Inc., 1993, p. 27.

"Managing major change is always a discovery process. Even if the people in charge plan carefully beforehand, they'll still have to improvise and chart the path as they go." Pritchett, Price and Pound, Ron. The Employee Handbook for Organizational Change. Pritchett Rummler-Brache, 2008, p. 19.

"Success in business, or in our personal lives, will always come down to the connections we have with others." McGroarty, Gerald. 2010 Summer. "The Brand Within You." Motivated Magazine. p. 28.

"Yet in the music business, as in all walks of life, a leader who feels he is superior is likely to suppress the voices of the very people on whom he must relay to deliver his vision alive and kicking." Zander, Rosamund Stone and Zander, Benjamin. The Art of Possibility. Harvard Business School Press, 1994, p. 67.

"Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence upon one another and of strength to be derived by unity." Lombardi , Vince. Great Quotes from Great Leaders. Celebrating Excellence Publishing, 1990, p. 16.

"To have an open mind takes courage. It means allowing our ideas, thoughts, and beliefs to be challenged." Pulsifer, Catherine. Wings of Wisdom. Anncath-Roby Books, 1998, p. 29.

"It's your contribution that counts. Not the hours (or years) you put in. Or how busy you are." Pritchett, Price. The Employee Handbook of New Work Habits for a Radically Changing World. Pritchett and Associates, Inc., 1994, p. 30.

"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." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"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

"Mentoring from behind a desk can be far more intimidating than sitting at a forty-five-degree angle without barriers. Role or position can be an obstacle when learning is the objective." Bell, Chip. Managers as Mentors. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 1996, p. 128.

"People that get things done in this world don't wait for the spirit to move them; they move the spirit." David Schwartz, The Magic of Thinking Big

"True leadership has a primal quality, based on courage as much as anything." David Holt. "Looking Fear In The Eyes"

"Leaders foster partnership by making sure their mouths match their moves." Chip R.Bell Managers as Mentors

"Yes, leadership is about vision. But leadership is equally about creating a climate where the truth is heard and the brutal facts confronted." Jim Collins, Good to Great

"As a leader, the most important earthly relationship you can cultivate is your relationship with yourself." Ken Blanchard and Terry Waghorn, Mission Possible

"As a manager, you set the tone for the workplace. Your attitude permeates your work group." Barry Silverstein, Motivating Employees

If leaders expect staff to meet and exceed the expectations of their customers, those same leaders must respond to concerns and exceed expectations on behalf of their staff. Joseph A. Michelli, The Starbucks Experience

In business know how to be a good leader and always try to bring out the best in people. It's very simple: listen to them, trusts in them, believe in them, respect them and let them have a go! Sir Richard Bronson
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