Famous Leadership Quotes

These Famous Leadership Quotes come from people who are leaving a legacy in their lives for the future generations of leaders. Their leadership characteristics have inspired many and made them famous, which is what we should aspire to. Now thats a controversial sentence as many would disagree that we should aim for 'fame' but the thing is that these great and incredible leaders (mostly) never aspired for fame, but rather for meaning and to make a difference in their lives. The fame was a consequence of their ideals and to me atleast, that is worthy of following and learning from.

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"It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching."

St. Francis of Assisi

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now."

Wangari Maathai

"I think leadership comes from integrity - that you do whatever you ask others to do. I think there are non-obvious ways to lead. Just by providing a good example as a parent, a friend, a neighbor makes it possible for other people to see better ways to do things. Leadership does not need to be a dramatic, fist in the air and trumpets blaring, activity."

Scott Berkun

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

Jack Welch

"I think that the best training a top manager can be engaged in is management by example. I want to make sure there is no discrepancy between what we say and what we do. If you preach accountability and then promote somebody with bad results, it doesn't work. I personally believe the best training is management by example. Don't believe what I say. Believe what I do."

Carlos Ghosn

"When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and a true maxim, that a "drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall."

Abraham Lincoln

"I strongly believe that the responsibility of leadership is to shape the debate—to practice and project the right attributes—whether in a business enterprise, in our society, and even in our religions."

Farooq Kathwari

"If you don't understand that you work for your mislabeled 'subordinates,' then you know nothing of leadership. You know only tyranny."

Dee Hock

"The led must not be compelled; they must be able to choose their own leader."

Albert Einstein

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

Abraham Lincoln

"Lead and inspire people. Don't try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead."

Ross Perot

"Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob."

Oscar Wilde

"The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers."

Ralph Nader

"No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings."

Peter F. Drucker

"The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it."

Theodore Roosevelt

"A leader is a dealer in hope."

Napoleon Bonaparte

"To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone."

Harry Truman

"Example is not the main thing in influencing others; it is the only thing."

Albert Schweitzer

"People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert."

Theodore Roosevelt

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

John Quincy Adams

"The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist."

Eric Hoffer

"Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.”

Harold S. Geneen

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

John Maxwell

"The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority."

Kenneth Blanchard

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."

General George Patton

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

Norman Schwarzkopf

"The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership."

Harvey S. Firestone

"One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency."

Arnold Glasow

"Leaders conceive and articulate goals that lift people out of their petty preoccupations and unite them in pursuit of objectives worthy of their best efforts."

John Gardner

"The ability to summon positive emotions during periods of intense stress lies at the heart of effective leadership."

Jim Loehr


in its most important sense means being the agent of your own life, influencing the things you care about most in the world to make it a richer life. "

Stewart Friedman

"A leader is someone who steps back from the entire system and tries to build a more collaborative, more innovative system that will work over the long term." -

Robert Reich

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