Leadership

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.

Abraham Lincoln

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.

Albert Schweitzer

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.

Alexander the Great

Leadership is all about taking people on a journey. The challenge is that most of the time, we are asking people to follow us to places we ourselves have never been.

Andy Stanley

To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.

Andre Malraux

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 all about taking people on a journey. The challenge is that most of the time, we are asking people to follow us to places we ourselves have never been.

Andy Stanley

He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.

Aristotle

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

Arnold Glasow

In a world of complex threats, our security and leadership depends on all elements of our power – including strong and principled diplomacy.

Barack Obama

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

I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?

Benjamin Disraeli

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

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.

Bill Gates

Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.

Bill Bradley

True leadership lies in guiding others to success. In ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well.

Bill Owens

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

Brian Tracy

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

Brian Tracy

Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.

Chinese Proverb

Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.

Chris Hadfield

To me, leadership is about encouraging people. It’s about stimulating them. It’s about enabling them to achieve what they can achieve – and to do that with a purpose.

Christine Lagarde

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.

Colin Powell

I think leadership is service and there is power in that giving: to help people, to inspire and motivate them to reach their fullest potential.

Denise Morrison

Don’t necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership.

Donald Rumsfeld

Leadership is an action, not a position.

Donald McGannon

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.

Dwight Eisenhower

You don’t lead by hitting people over the head—that’s assault, not leadership.

Dwight Eisenhower

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

Dwight Eisenhower

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

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

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 leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.

Eric Hoffer

Leadership is the key to 99 percent of all successful efforts.

Erskine Bowles

Leadership is the other side of the coin of loneliness, and he who is a leader must always act alone. And acting alone, accept everything alone.

Ferdinand Marcos

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

Friedrich Nietzsche

There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage.

Fuchan Yuan

Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.

General George Patton

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

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.

General Colin Powell

Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.

General Douglas MacArthur

A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.

George Patton

A leader takes people where they would never go on their own.

Hans Finzel

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

Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned.

Harold Geneen

Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.

Harold S. Geneen

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

Harvey Firestone

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

Harvey Firestone

The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been. Henry Kissinger

Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader.

Indra Nooyi

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

Jack Welch

The art of communication is the language of leadership.

James Humes

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

James Humes

Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day.

Jesse Jackson

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

No matter how good you think you are as a leader, my goodness, the people around you will have all kinds of ideas for how you can get better. So for me, the most fundamental thing about leadership is to have the humility to continue to get feedback and to try to get better – because your job is to try to help everybody else get better.

Jim Yong Kim

A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.

John J Pershing

Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.

John F. Kennedy

The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.

John Buchan

Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one’s life influencing another.

John C. Maxwell

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

Leadership is influence.

John C. Maxwell

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

John C. Maxwell

People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.

John C. Maxwell

A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.

John C. Maxwell

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.

John C. Maxwell

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

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

John Quincy Adams

Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths.

John Zenger

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

John F. Kennedy

I learned that leadership is about falling in love with the people and the people falling in love with you. It is about serving the people with selflessness, with sacrifice, and with the need to put the common good ahead of personal interests.

Joyce Banda

The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision.

Ken Blanchard

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

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

Kenneth Blanchard

There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss. Both are based on authority. A boss demands blind obedience; a leader earns his authority through understanding and trust.

Klaus Balkenhol

One thing that somebody told me is that leadership is a lonely role – some people can do it, and some people can’t.

Kyrie Irving

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

I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.

Lao Tzu

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

It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself.

Latin Proverb

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.

Mahatma Gandhi

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

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

Margaret Mead

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.

Margaret Fuller

We live in a society obsessed with public opinion. But leadership has never been about popularity.

Marco Rubio

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.

Mary Kay Ash

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

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.

Max Lucado

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.

Maya Angelou

For me, leadership is making a difference. It’s using your agency to bring about change.

Melanne Verveer

Leadership – leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses.

Mitt Romney

Earn your leadership every day.

Michael Jordan

Authority should be seen as a part of leadership, not as a way around it.

Michael McKinney

Leadership is difficult but it is not complex.

Michael McKinney

Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.

Mwai Kibaki

A leader is a dealer in hope.

Napoleon Bonaparte

When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out.

Napoleon Bonaparte

A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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

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

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

Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.

Norman Schwarzkopf

Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.

Norman Schwarzkopf

A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward.

Ovid

Whether we’re talking about leadership, teamwork, or client service, there is no more powerful attribute than the ability to be genuinely honest about one’s weaknesses, mistakes, and needs for help.

Patrick Lencioni

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

Pete Hoekstra

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

Peter Drucker

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

So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.

Peter Drucker

A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.

Polybius

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.

Publilius Syrus

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.

Ralph Nader

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.

Ray Kroc

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

Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers.

Robin S. Sharma

Leadership is not a popularity contest; it’s about leaving your ego at the door. The name of the game is to lead without a title.

Robin S. Sharma

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

When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.

Ronald Reagan

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

Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead.

Ross Perot

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

He who has great power should use it lightly.

Seneca

Leadership is about vision and responsibility, not power.

Seth Berkley

There is no greater name for a leader than mother or father. There is no leadership more important than parenthood.

Sheri L. Dew

Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation.

Simon Sinek

Leadership is a way of thinking, a way of acting and, most importantly, a way of communicating. Simon Sinek

One of the best paradoxes of leadership is a leader’s need to be both stubborn and open-minded. A leader must insist on sticking to the vision and stay on course to the destination. But he must be open-minded during the process.

Simon Sinek

He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.

Solon

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.

Stephen Covey

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

Stephen Covey

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

Stephen Covey

Leadership is a choice, not a position.

Stephen Covey

A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men.

Stephen King

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

Steve Jobs

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

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.

Theodore Roosevelt

Show me the man you honor and I will know what kind of man you are.

Thomas John Carlisle

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

Thomas Jefferson

Grades don’t measure tenacity, courage, leadership, guts or whatever you want to call it. Teachers or any other persons in a position of authority should never tell anybody they will not succeed because they did not get all A’s in school.

Thomas J. Stanley

Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority.

Tom Hopkins

Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.

Tom Peters

Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.

Tom Landry

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

Tony Blair

The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better.

Tony Dungy

Leadership is a mindset in action. So don’t wait for the title. Leadership isn’t something that anyone can give you – you have to earn it and claim it for yourself.

Travis Bradberry

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

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

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

Warren Bennis

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

I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be.

Warren Bennis

Education is the mother of leadership.

Wendell Willkie

The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.

Winston Churchill

Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise.

Woodrow Wilson

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.

Woodrow Wilson