121 Inspiring Leadership Quotes

Inspirational Leadership Quotes


A leader is a dealer in hope. — Napoleon Bonaparte


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


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

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Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. Lao Tzu


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 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


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


The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there. People will follow. Seth Godin


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

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

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

“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

“Leadership is an ever-evolving position.” –Mike Krzyzewski

Powerful Leadership Quotes

“When people talk, listen completely.” –Ernest Hemingway

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

“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 price of greatness is responsibility.” –Winston Churchill

Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance. – J. Donald Walters

Leaders are made; they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price that all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile. – 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

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

“Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned.” –Harold Geneen

Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things. – Jesse Jackson

Leadership Quotes For Students

“Lead from the back and let others believe they are in front.” – Nelson Mandela

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” – Simon Sinek

We cannot lead anyone farther than we have been ourselves. John C. Maxwell

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. Steve Jobs

Great leaders have three things; inner light, inner vision, and inner strength. – Amit Ray

A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could. – Zig Ziglar

Earn your leadership everyday. – Michael Jordan

Women Leadership Quotes

In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders. Sheryl Sandberg

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
– Muriel Strode

“Who you are surrounded by often determines who you become.”
– Vicky Saunders

“Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.”
– Dianne Feinstein

“We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” -Marie Curie

“I don’t go by the rule book. I lead from the heart, not the head.” — Princess Diana

Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives. – Oprah Winfrey