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Quotes On Leadership: Inspirational Leadership Thoughts

Leadership Quotes

Quotes on Leadership

What is Leadership

Leadership is the ability to guide and influence others towards a goal. While this is often thought of in a business context, it has many other facets. Leaders use this skill to inspire and motivate team members to achieve their goals. Whether the goal is to create a more welcoming workplace or develop a successful business model, leaders can lead their teams to success. In order to be a great leader, a person needs to have a clear vision of what they want to achieve.

In this post we will list several quotes on leadership and inspirational leadership thoughts that may help you become a better leader.

Great leaders are:

  • Willing to take risks and explore opportunities they’ve never seen before
  • They are motivated and enthusiastic about their work
  • They are open to feedback and encourage debate
  • able to admit mistakes and seek continuous improvement

Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Quotes On Leadership

“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

“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.

“I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”

Ralph Nader

“Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard.” 

Warren Bennis

“A tyrant is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.”


“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.”

Publilius Syrus

“A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together. ”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.”

Peter Drucker

“Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.”

John C. Maxwell

“Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.”

Colin Powell

“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

“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.”

Arnold H. Glasow

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

William Arthur Ward

To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.

Andre Malraux

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.”

Henry Ford

Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the self -esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.

Sam Walton

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

“The true mark of a leader is the willingness to stick with a bold course of action — an unconventional business strategy, a unique product-development roadmap, a controversial marketing campaign — even as the rest of the world wonders why you’re not marching in step with the status quo. In other words, real leaders are happy to zig while others zag. They understand that in an era of hyper-competition and non-stop disruption, the only way to stand out from the crowd is to stand for something special.”

William C. “Bill” Taylor

“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-Exupary

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

Jack Welch

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

Steve Jobs

Good leaders build products. Great leaders build cultures. Good leaders deliver results. Great leaders develop people. Good leaders have vision. Great leaders have values. Good leaders are role models at work. Great leaders are role models in life.

Adam Grant

Leadership is not just about giving energy, it’s unleashing other people’s energy.

Paul Polman

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

Van Gogh

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men.

Stephen King

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

Patrick Lencioni

“Dealing with complexity is an inefficient and unnecessary waste of time, attention and mental energy. There is never any justification for things being complex when they could be simple.”

Edward de Bono

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

Seth Godin

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.

Max Lucado

Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.

Tom Landry

A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.

Joe DiMaggio

“The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.”

Linus Pauling

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”

George S. Patton

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

Henry Kissinger

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.” Robert Louis Stevenson “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

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

Groucho Marx

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.

Mother Teresa

Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity.

Reed Markham

“The day the soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”

Colin Powell

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”


“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

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

Nancy D. Solomon

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

Max De Pree

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

“The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them.”

M.D. Arnold

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

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

General Dwight Eisenhower

A leader is a dealer in hope.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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


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

Eric Hoffer

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

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

Eric Hoffer

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

Leroy Eimes

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”

Bill Gates

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

John Quincy Adams

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

Arnold Glasow

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

Harvey Firestone

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

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

Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Ken Blanchard

“The secret is to work less as individuals and more as a team. As a coach, I play not my eleven best, but my best eleven.”

Knute Rockne

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

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

“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles, but today it means getting along with people.”

Mohandas Gandhi

“I don’t want yes-men around me. I want everyone to tell the truth, even if it costs them their jobs.”

Samuel Goldwyn

“I’m not the smartest fellow in the world, but I sure can pick smart colleagues.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development . There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.”

John Maxwell

“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”

John Maxwell

“Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.”

Margaret Thatcher

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

Sir Winston Churchill

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

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

Leadership is an action, not a position.”

Donald McGannon

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Muriel Strode

“The key responsibility of leadership is to think about the future. No one else can do it for you.”

Brian Tracy

People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.

John Maxwell

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

John F. Kennedy

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

Kenneth Blanchard

So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.

Peter Drucker

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

Tony Blair

“The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.”

Ray Kroc

“My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.”

Steve Jobs

Leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing.

Mary D. Poole

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

Martin Luther King Jr

“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.”

Father Theodore M. Hesburgh

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

“Don’t blow off another’s candle for it won’t make yours shine brighter.”

Jaachynma N.E. Agu

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”

Jim Rohn

Inspirational Leadership Thoughts

The qualities of an excellent leader will strengthen as the leader grows in life. When faced with a difficult decision, leaders have the courage to make a decision that benefits everyone. Their knowledge of the organization and the people it serves are invaluable.

If you have a clear vision of what you want to achieve, you will be able to motivate and empower the people in your organization to reach it. You’ll be able to build a powerful and dynamic team, and you will be able to make positive change in your community. Scroll down to read our collection of quotes on leadership.

Other Inspirational Quotes

How to Recognize a True Leader

Good leadership is all about communicating with your team. As a leader, you need to listen to your people, and understand what they need to get their work done. This will help you find the best talent and motivate them to succeed. It is important to remind your team of their goals regularly, as this will help them maintain a healthy morale.

Having a clear vision will also allow your team to identify and take advantage of opportunities that can lead to great success. For example, you might be able to see an opportunity to expand your customer base. Before you can start implementing this idea, you’ll need to know where to find the customers and how to get them to the point of sale. If you need some inspiration, you can always come back here and read the inspirational leadership quotes to help you become a better leader.

Great leaders are

  • Willing to take risks and explore opportunities they’ve never seen before
  • They are motivated and enthusiastic about their work
  • They are open to feedback and encourage debate
  • Able to admit mistakes and seek continuous improvement

Leaders Empower & Respect Employees

When it comes to empowering your employees, great leaders will also be able to create a culture of high-performance. This means they will provide the resources and time they need for their team to succeed. These leaders will never treat their staff like children. Rather, they will respect and appreciate their efforts, and give them the freedom to do their job in a way that’s most beneficial for the company.

A strong leader is someone who has the guts to stand up for their team when it’s time to do so. Unlike other leaders, they don’t give up when their team is struggling. Instead, they are able to find the strength to move forward and keep moving.

Some leaders have the qualities of a superhero. During their careers, they’ve been through struggles, yet they managed to overcome them. Those who have achieved leadership roles have been able to help millions of people.

How To Develop Your Leadership Skills

If you’re considering taking the leap into a leadership role, then you might want to brush up on your leadership skills. There are a number of ways to develop the abilities.

  1. One of the most important is being self-disciplined. Self-discipline is the hallmark of a great leader. In order to be an effective leader, you need to be able to motivate and elicit trust from your team.
  2. Another good leadership skill is being able to identify and solve problems. This may mean using a variety of methods to address a specific problem. For example, you can use active listening to identify the best solutions to a particular issue.
  3. Another is using the right language in order to get your point across. Using the proper wording will set you apart from the competition.
  4. While you’re at it, try to avoid the common pitfalls associated with speaking in a passive voice. It might be tempting to take your leadership to a more direct level, but the better approach is to speak to your audience in a tone that they can understand.

Taking the time to learn the best way to do something is an important leadership skill. You may have a specific task in mind, but if you don’t know the best way to go about it, you might miss out on an opportunity to excel.

Become A Good Leader: Take Advice From Inspirational Leadership Quotes

If you are looking to boost your leadership skills, there are many workshops and courses to choose from. However, there are certain characteristics that make great leaders stand out from the crowd. A great leader is someone who inspires and motivates their team to achieve goals. They also possess the ability to take their team from the ground up and give them the tools and training they need to succeed.

One of the best ways to do this is by building trust with your employees. In fact, YPO’s Global Pulse survey of over 3,000 CEOs revealed that building trust with stakeholders was the top priority for 95% of the executives. The key is to understand the needs of your followers and to deliver on your promises. Great leaders are also people magnets, which can only lead to greater success in the long run.

Improve Your Leadership Abilities & Be A Genuine Leader

Taking the time to improve your leadership abilities will reap major rewards for your organization. For instance, the best leaders have the confidence to delegate tasks to subordinates. Likewise, it pays to be able to resolve problems efficiently without requiring the assistance of more than one person. This is especially true for managers who must work with their staff on a daily basis.

Having a solid vision is a must. Good leaders can’t be afraid to think out of the box and come up with ideas to rethink the status quo. Also, they aren’t afraid to ask for help when necessary. Not only does this foster a culture of respect amongst staff, it also helps employees feel more engaged and motivated.

Providing employees with a good work-life balance is a great way to make sure they don’t get left behind. Moreover, keeping your employees informed about changes to your policies and procedures is a vital part of any successful organization.

Average Leaders Raise The Bar For Themselves…

There are many leadership books, blogs, and websites to read, but one of the best sources of information is your own gut. What you think about and how you act is what will define you. As a result, it’s important to have a clear understanding of yourself and your goals. Be sure to set goals and objectives you are willing to meet and to have an open line of communication with your peers.

One of the most important qualities of a good leader is to be a model of moral character. Being a good leader doesn’t mean you have to be a jerk to your colleagues, but rather it means having a solid work ethic and being a team player. That way, you can count on your teammates to help you achieve your personal goals and subsequently, the goals of your company.

Good Leader Leads, Great Leaders Inspire, And Superior Teacher Demonstrates

Great leadership is not only a worthy accomplishment in and of itself, it is also a fun and interesting activity. By taking the time to learn about your employees and their individual goals and motivations, you’ll be better equipped to help them grow in their career and reach their personal goals.

Final Thoughts

Not everyone is a born a leader. However, anybody who wants to be a exceptional leader can become one. True leadership is unlocking people’s potential. Hopefully, by reading the quotes on leadership and the inspirational leadership quotes on this page will help you feel more confident as a leader and help people below you to achieve the goals that the company has set for them.

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