Leadership Quotes That Will Inspire, Motivate and Empower You

Everyone wants to be a leader but it is not that easy! A leader leads a group of people or drives an organization to reach its goals easily, with less effort.

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” To become a great leader, oftentimes you should have a deeper look inside yourself to have more encourage, confidence, motivation, inspiration…

Empowering leadership quotes can have a great effect on the way of leadership. This post includes some popular, prominent leadership quotes. Let these leadership quotes encourage you, inspire you, motivate you, persuade you and empower you to become a successful leader you can be.

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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

Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men. – Lao Tzu

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

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

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. – Warren Bennis

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

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. – Warren Bennis

I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be. – Warren Bennis

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

A leader is a dealer in hope. – Napoleon Bonaparte

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

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

People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. – John Maxwell

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

A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit. – John Maxwell

To add value to others, one must first value others. – John Maxwell

A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position. – John Maxwell

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. – Peter Drucker

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

My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence. – General Montgomery

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

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

The price of greatness is responsibility. – Winston Churchill

To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less. – Andre Malraux

Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems. – Brian TracyLeadership quotes by Brian Tracy

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

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

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. – Ralph Nader

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. – Publilius Syrus

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. – John C. Maxwell

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

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. – Harry S. Truman

Earn your leadership every day. – Michael Jordan

To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way. – Pat Riley

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. – Kenneth Blanchard

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

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

A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward. – Ovid

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

Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work. – Seth Godin

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

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. – Jim Rohn

A leader takes people where they would never go on their own. – Hans Finzel

Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal. – Vince Lombardi

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

The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist. – Eric Hoffer

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

Don’t necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership. – Donald Rumsfeld

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

Education is the mother of leadership. – Wendell Willkie

He who has great power should use it lightly. – Seneca

Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar. – Orrin Woodward

He who has learned how to obey will know how to command. – Solon

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

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

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

Show me the man you honor and I will know what kind of man you are. – Thomas John Carlisle

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson

Real leadership is leaders recognizing that they serve the people that they lead. – Pete Hoekstra

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

Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be led. – Ross Perot

Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day. – Jesse Jackson

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

Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise. – Woodrow Wilson

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

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

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

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

Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men–the other 999 follow women – Groucho Marx

Leadership is the key to 99 percent of all successful efforts. – Erskine Bowles

I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself. – Robert E. Lee

Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing. – Tom Peters

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 highest of distinctions is service to others. – King George VI

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

Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way. – Ronald Reagan

Never give an order that can’t be obeyed. – Douglas MacArthur

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent. – Abraham Lincoln

A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others so that they may have the strength to stand on their own. – Beth Revis

What you do has far greater impact than what you say. – Stephen Covey

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

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on. – Walter Lippman

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

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

We live in a society obsessed with public opinion. But leadership has never been about popularity. – Marco Rubio

A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops. – John J Pershing

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

There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage. – Fuchan Yuan

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people. – Mahatma Gandhi

A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men. – Stephen King

When people talk, listen completely. – Ernest Hemingway

The task of the leader is to get their people from where they are to where they have not been. – Henry Kissinger

You don’t lead by hitting people over the head—that’s assault, not leadership. – Dwight Eisenhower

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. – Margaret Fuller

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

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

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

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

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

You manage things; you lead people. – Grace Murray Hopper

The role of leadership is to transform the complex situation into small pieces and prioritize them. – Carlos Ghosn

The things we fear most in organizations–fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances–are the primary sources of creativity. – Margaret Wheatley

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret MeadLeadership quotes by William Arthur Ward

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. – William Arthur Ward

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it. – Andrew Carnegie

Always remember, Son, the best boss is the one who bosses the least. Whether it’s cattle, or horses, or men; the least government is the best government. – Ralph Moody

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Leadership is influence. — John C. Maxwell

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

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

You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go. – Jeanette Rankin

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

You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case. – Ken Kesey

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

To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. – Abraham Lincoln

Leadership is an ever-evolving position. – Mike Krzyzewski

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

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. – Stephen Covey

All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership. – John Kenneth Galbraith

We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark. – Whoopi Goldberg

The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there. – John Buchan

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

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand. – Colin Powell

Look over your shoulder now and then to be sure someone’s following you. – Henry Gilmer

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. – Steve Jobs

Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths. – John Zenger

Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better. – Bill Bradley

Leadership is an action, not a position. – Donald McGannon

The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision. – Ken Blanchard

The supreme quality of leadership is integrity. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

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

You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too. – Sam Rayburn

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

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

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. – Nelson Mandela

Whatever you are, be a good one. – Abraham Lincoln

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

A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others see. – Leroy Eimes

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

The most effective way to lead is to lead from within. – Lolly Daskal

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