Leadership Quotes

“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

“Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” – John D Rockefeller

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates

“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

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

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell

“Leadership is about doing what you know is right – even when a growing din of voices around you is trying to convince you to accept what you know to be wrong.” – Robert. L. Ehrlich

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

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

“He that cannot obey, cannot command.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Absolute identity with one’s cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership.” – Woodrow Wilson

“The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.” – James Buchanan

“A leader is not an administrator who loves to run others, but someone who carries water for his people so that they can get on with their jobs” – Robert Townsend

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” – Ken Blanchard

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

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” –  John C. Maxwell

“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

“A leader’s role is to raise people’s aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there.” – David R. Gergen

“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” – James Humes

“It is the responsibility of leadership to provide opportunity, and the responsibility of individuals to contribute.” – William Pollard

“Leadership offers an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, no matter what the project.” – Bill Owens

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

“You do not lead by hitting people over the head.  That’s assault, not leadership.” – Dwight D Eisenhower

“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

“One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” – Arnold H. Glasow

“A leader is a dealer in hope” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.” – Albert Schweitzer

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

“Actions, not words, are the ultimate results of leadership.” – Bill Owens

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

“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

“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” – Ralph Nader

“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” – Norman Schwarzkopf

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” – George Patton


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