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Best Inspiring Leadership Quotes

Best Inspiring Leadership QuotesThe following is a list of my favorite quotes from successful people that nicely define great leaders and great leadership. They are a wonderful source of inspiration. Please read them, savor them, and share them. And more importantly, apply them to help you become an even better leader than you already are today.


"A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see and who sees before others see." –Leroy Eimes, author and leadership expert

"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

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

"As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." –Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft

"Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." –Jack Welch, former GE chairman and CEO

"Leadership is the capacity to transform vision into reality." –Warren G. Bennis, founding chairman of the Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California

You manage things; you lead people. —Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on. —Walter Lippman

My responsibility is getting all my players playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back. –Unknown

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

"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

"To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart." —Eleanor Roosevelt

"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

"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-Exupery

"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

"It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching." 

St. Francis of Assisi

"Leaders conceive and articulate goals that lift people out of their petty preoccupations and unite them in pursuit of objectives worthy of their best efforts." —John Gardner

Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.  —Thomas J. Watson

One measure of leadership is the caliber of people who choose to follow you.  —Dennis A. Peer

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 C. Maxwell

A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved.  He inspires the power and energy to get it done.  —Ralph Nader

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. —Harold R. McAlindon

Learn to see things backwards, inside out, and upside down. —John Heider, Tao of Leadership


Do you have more inspiring leadership quotes? Please post a comment below. Thank you.



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