25 Inspirational Quotes on Leadership

Over the course of this past year, I have enjoyed searching for inspiring quotes to both motivate and challenge me as a leader in my home and community. Sometimes they have proven to be just the thing that I needed to change my perspective and help give me a winning edge to overcome adversity throughout the year.

Take the time to read through these. Everyone is a leader. Everyone has influence. Your voice is BIG in someone’s ears. The only question is what will you do with your influence, and how will you lead yourself, and others around you.

I hope these quotes help you as much as they have helped me. Here are 25 inspirational quotes on leadership.

  1. 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
  2. Where there is no vision, the people perish. —Proverbs 29:18
  3. You manage things; you lead people. —Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
  4. 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
  5. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. —Warren Bennis
  6. Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. — Jack Welch
  7. A leader is a dealer in hope. — Napoleon Bonaparte
  8. A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. — John Maxwell
  9. 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
  10. He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. — Aristotle
  11. Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. — Publilius Syrus
  12. 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
  13. Leadership is influence. — John Maxwell
  14. People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. — John Maxwell
  15. 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
  16. The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. — Kenneth Blanchard
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. — Max Lucado
  21. Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems. — Brian Tracy
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. — Thomas Jefferson
  25. No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent. — Abraham Lincoln

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