81 Leadership Quotes | Leverage Ambition

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

Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader, they set out to make a difference. Its never about the role, it’s always about the goal.

Anyone, anywhere, can make a positive difference. Mark Sanborn

True leaders always practice the three R’s: Respect for self, Respect for others, Responsibility for their actions.

The best leaders have a high consideration factor. They really care about their people. Brian Tracy

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

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 not a position or a title, it is action and example.

The true test of leadership is how well you function in a crisis. Brian Tracy

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

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You can’t teach leadership, but it can be learned. Lloyd J Edwards Jr

Every time you have to speak, you are auditioning for leadership. James Humes

To add value to others, one must first value others. John Maxwell

Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you. Margaret Thatcher

Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work. Seth Godin

When people talk, listen completely. Ernest Hemingway

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. Kurt Vonnegut

The important thing is this: to be able to give up in any given moment all that we are for what we can become. DeSeaux

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The price of greatness is responsibility. Winston Churchill

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Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. Publilius Syrus

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. Margaret Fuller

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

A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You manage things; you lead people. Grace Murray Hopper

A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them. M.D. Arnold

One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. Arnold Glasow

The highest of distinctions is service to others. King George VI

Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems. Brian Tracy

The things we fear most in organizations- fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances-are the primary sources of creativity. Margaret Wheatley

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Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway. Eleanor Roosevelt

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

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet. Theodore Hesburgh

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. Dale Carnegie

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

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

The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes. Tony Blair

A leader is a dealer in hope. Napoleon Bonaparte

There is troublesome humor some men have, that if they may not lead, they will not follow; but had rather a thing were never done, than not done their own way, tho’ other ways very desirable. William Penn

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. Mark Twain

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All the great leaders have 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

Do you know that one of the great problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas? Margaret Thatcher

If you’re not sure where you are going, you’re liable to end up someplace else. Robert F. Majer

Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another. John Maxwell

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

Doing what is right isn’t the problem. It is knowing what is right. Lyndon B. Johnson

There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group, there is less competition there. Indira Gandhi

Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well. Dwight D. Eisenhower

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton

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

You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go. Jeanette Rankin

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

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really 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 the complex situation into small pieces and prioritize them. Carlos Ghosn

I think one of the keys to leadership is recognizing that everybody has gifts and talents. A good leader will learn how to harness those gifts toward the same goal. Ben Carson

Leaders don’t inflict pain, they share pain. Max Depree

It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. Bill Gates

Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them. Diogenes of Sinope

Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult. Warren Bennis

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The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership. Harvey S. Firestone

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

There exist limitless opportunities in every industry. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier. Charles F. Kettering

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes. Peter F. Drucker

A leader is a person you will follow to a place 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

To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult. Friedrich Nietzsche

What you do has far greater impact than what you say. Stephen Covey

The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them. John Maxwell

Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating those who work with me and aiming their efforts at a certain goal. Walt Disney

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An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage. Jack Welch

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. John F. Kennedy

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. Robert Louis Stevenson

Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal. Vince Lombardi

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

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. Jack Welch

Real leadership is leaders recognizing that they serve the people that they lead. Pete Hoekstra

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

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

Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish. Sam Walton

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

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