45 leadership Quotes to Help You Lead Others

Leadership quotes – A simple definition is that leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving a common goal.

He or she is the person in the group that possesses the combination of personality and leadership skills that makes others want to follow his or her direction.

  • If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path. ~ Buddha

  • A hero is a man who does what he can. ~ Romain Rolland

  • When you learn, teach. When you get, give. ~ Maya Angelou

  • A leader leads by example whether he intends to or not. ~ Unknown

  • The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands. ~ Robert M. Pirsig

  • What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

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  • Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work. ~ Seth Godin
  • 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
  • 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
  • The task of the leader is to get their people from where they are to where they have not been. ~ Henry Kissinger
  • I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  • There are no office hours for leaders. ~ Cardinal J. Gibbons

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

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  • The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. ~ Ray Kroc

  • 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

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

  • Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50 percent of your time in leading yourself; your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20 percent leading those with authority over you and 15 percent leading your peers. ~ Dee Hock

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

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

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

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

  • The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. ~ Ralph Nader

  • Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. ~ Warren G. Bennis

  • A leader is a person you will follow to a place you would not go by yourself. ~ Joel Barker

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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 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

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

  • A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. ~ Margaret Fuller

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

  • You manage things; you lead people. ~ Grace Murray Hopper

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

  • People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. ~ John C. Maxwell

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

  • 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

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