Quotes About Leadership

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
John F. Kennedy
Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day.
Jesse Jackson
You manage things; you lead people.
Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
Warren Bennis
Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.
General George Patton
A leader is a dealer in hope.
Napoleon Bonaparte
You don’t need a title to be a leader.
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
John Maxwell
Leadership is the key to 99 percent of all successful efforts.
Erskine Bowles
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
The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.
Sir Winston Churchill
You don’t lead by hitting people over the head that’s assault, not leadership.
Dwight Eisenhower
He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.
Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.
Brian Tracy
I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
Ralph Nader
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.
Peter Drucker
Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
Publilius Syrus
A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Leadership is influence.
John C. Maxwell
People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.
John Maxwell
A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward.
You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.
Ken Kesey
When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out.
Napoleon Bonaparte
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
General George Patton
So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.
Peter Drucker
A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.
John Maxwell
A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.
The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.
Tony Blair
The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
Kenneth Blanchard
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
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
General Dwight Eisenhower
Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.
Brian Tracy
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
Max Lucado
Do what you feel in your heart to be right for you’ll be criticized anyway.
Eleanor Roosevelt
Education is the mother of leadership.
Wendell Willkie
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
Bill Gates
The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.
Eric Hoffer
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
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
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
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
A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.
Douglas MacArthur
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
The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.
Reverend Theodore Hesburgh
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-re straint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
Theodore Roosevelt
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
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead
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 Drucker
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 DePree
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
Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.
Jack Welch


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