100 Motivational Quotes About Leadership That Will Inspire You To Greatness

What is the thing which distinguishes a leader from the masses? A leader is the one who knows other person’s strengths and understands his or her weaknesses better. They are the ones who work towards minimizing their flaws and improving their ability. These people are clear headed and know what they want from life; therefore, they find a path which will lead them to their destination. Moreover, this builds their personality in such a way which attracts people and because they know how to drive home their point they get a huge number of followers. They believe in what they are doing and they do it for a cause for the greater good of the society as well as mankind, hence, it is not difficult to make people understand.

There is a leader in all of us, but the only difference is that most of us deny our capabilities to lead and prefer to follow. A leader does not always need plenty of followers to go ahead with a cause; he or she can do it alone, if no one else is willing to believe in them.

These quotes explain how a leader should be and what are the qualities which make one stand out in the crowd.

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

- Eleanor Roosevelt

I don't care if you're black, white, straight, bisexual, gay, lesbian, short, tall, fat, skinny, rich or poor. If you're nice to me, I'll be nice to you. Simple as that.

- Robert Michaels MD - 2007 - Graduation Speaker

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

- William Arthur Ward

It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.

- Adlai E. Stevenson II

If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That's much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.

- Legend, Marie Lu

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.

- Robert Louis Stevenson

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.

- John C. Maxwell

If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.

- Dolly Parton

You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you're not passionate enough from the start, you'll never stick it out.

- Steve Jobs

Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men -- the other 999 follow women.

- Groucho Marx

If you have a dream, don't just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.

- Roopleen

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

- Essential Drucker: Management, Peter F. Drucker

Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.

- George S. Patton Jr.

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.

- Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela

Rejection is an opportunity for your selection.

- Bernard Branson

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan. [News conference, April 21 1961]

- John F. Kennedy

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, Margaret Thatcher

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

- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.

- Harry Truman

Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.

- On Leadership, Colin Powell

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. [Undelivered remarks for Dallas Trade Mart, November 22 1963]

- John F. Kennedy

He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.

- Aristotle

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

- Patton Principles, George S. Patton Jr.

Don't follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.

- Margaret Thatcher

...A man can only stumble for so long before he either falls or stands up straight.

- The Well of Ascension, Brandon Sanderson

A leader is a dealer in hope.

- Napoléon Bonaparte

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

A bit of advice Given to a young Native American At the time of his initiation: As you go the way of life, You will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think.

- Joseph Campbell

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

- John C. Maxwell

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

- Albert Schweitzer

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

- Lean In: Women, Sheryl Sandberg

Don't let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks.

- Words to inspire the winner in YOU, Roopleen

The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones.

- The Alloy of Law, Brandon Sanderson

If you're not confused, you're not paying attention.

- Thriving on Chaos: Handbook for a Management Revolution, Tom Peters

Don't blow off another's candle for it won't make yours shine brighter.

- The Prince and the Pauper, Jaachynma N.E. Agu

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see.

- Henry David Thoreau

Faith moves mountains, love transforms hearts.

- John Paul Warren

I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.

- Robert E. Lee

Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong.

- Abraham Lincoln

I don't see myself being special; I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to me to do things for them, to have answers.

- Tupac Shakur

Life's short. Live passionately.

- Marc A. Pitman

You do not lead by hitting people over the head -- that's assault, not leadership.

- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority.

- Kenneth H. Blanchard

Don't set your goals by what other people deem important.

- The Prince and the Pauper, Jaachynma N.E. Agu

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

Efficiency is doing the thing right. Effectiveness is doing the right thing.

- Peter F. Drucker

In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be, by remaining what we are.

- Leadership Is an Art, Max DePree

He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command

- The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli

Leaders live by choice, not by accident.

- Mark Gorman

I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.

- Rosa Parks

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.

- Nancy D. Solomon

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

Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.

- Peter F. Drucker

Remember teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.

- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, Patrick Lencioni

Some leaders are born women.

- Geraldine Ferraro

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

- John Quincy Adams

Great teams do not hold back with one another. They are unafraid to air their dirty laundry. They admit their mistakes, their weaknesses, and their concerns without fear of reprisal.

- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, Patrick Lencioni

Give as few orders as possible," his father had told him once long ago. "Once you've given orders on a subject, you must always give orders on that subject.

- Dune, Frank Herbert

If you really want the key to success, start by doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing.

- Brad Szollose

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

- Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, Seth Godin

Unless today is well lived, tomorrow is not important.

- Miles Away... Worlds Apart, Alan Sakowitz

Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way

- Ronald Reagan

You did what your heart told you to do,' Brain complimented. 'It is what leaders, not followers, do.

- Homecoming, Tonya Hurley

Your first and foremost job as a leader is to take charge of your own energy and then help to orchestrate the energy of those around you.

- Peter F. Drucker

And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

- Holy Bible: New International Version, Anonymous

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

- Henry Kissinger

A general never shows despair. He instills confidence in his troops. He leads them forward, even into the mouth of death.

- The Throne of Fire, Rick Riordan

People in any organization are always attached to the obsolete - the things that should have worked but did not, the things that once were productive and no longer are.

- Peter F. Drucker

A confident woman wears a smile and has this air of comfortability and pleasantness about her.

- Jaachynma N.E. Agu

Man wants to be the king o' the rabbits, he best wear a pair o' floppy ears.

- A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin

A sign of power in a man is not only when people follow what he suggests, but also when people make a conscious effort to do the exact opposite of what he suggests.

- Killosophy, Criss Jami

You don't know what you can get away with until you try.

- Colin Powell

Each day you are leading by example. Whether you realize it or not or whether it's positive or negative, you are influencing those around you.

- Rob Liano

Of what a strange nature is knowledge! It clings to a mind when it has once seized on it like a lichen on a rock." - Frankenstein p115

- Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

A true dreamer is one who knows how to navigate in the dark".

- John Paul Warren

There has never been a meaningful life built on easy street.

- John Paul Warren

Any man who retreats into a cave which has only one opening deserves to die.

- Dune, Frank Herbert

Sheep are always looking for a new shepherd when the terrain gets rocky.

- Iced, Karen Marie Moning

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

- Benjamin Disraeli

When you are just EXISTING, life happens to you… and you manage; when you are truly LIVING, you happen to life… and you lead.

- Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience, Steve Maraboli

I must admit, that I have learned more from my negative experiences than I have ever learned from my positive one.

- John Paul Warren

Your circumstances do NOT define you. Expect a GRAND finale.

- John Paul Warren

Cream always rises to the top...so do good leaders".

- John Paul Warren

I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep

- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord

A vision we give to others of who and what they could become has power when it echoes what the spirit has already spoken into their souls.

- Larry Crabb

Faith UP! Your purpose is GREATER than all your PROBLEMS.

- John Paul Warren

If I were to vote, I would intentionally vote for the goofiest candidate. It is my theory that when the people can outwit the leader, the more respected their voices will be.

- Killosophy, Criss Jami

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

- Thomas John Carlisle

Tend to the people, and they will tend to the business.

- The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization, John C. Maxwell

Stop counting your "years" and start enjoying your "seasons".

- John Paul Warren

Women are not just waiting to be filled up with resources-they're waiting to put their resources on the table to be able to lead towards a different world

- Kavita Ramdya

It's not just picking the right friends. It is being the right friend.

- John Paul Warren

Belief has the power to change your inner state and your outer world.

- John Paul Warren

If you perceive right you receive right. If you perceive wrong you receive wrong.

- John Paul Warren

Every great leader can take you back to a defining moment when they decided to lead

- John Paul Warren

Diversity of character is due to the unequal time given to values. Only through each other will we see the importance of the qualities we lack and our unfinished soul's potential.

- Shannon L. Alder

Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity.

- Roy Bennett

Back to Top