Quotes About Leadership
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
John F. Kennedy
Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day.
You manage things; you lead people.
Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.
General George Patton
A leader is a dealer in hope.
You don’t need a title to be a leader.
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
Leadership is the key to 99 percent of all successful efforts.
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.
The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.
Sir Winston Churchill
You don’t lead by hitting people over the head that’s assault, not leadership.
He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.
Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.
I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.
Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Leadership is influence.
John C. Maxwell
People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.
A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward.
You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.
When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out.
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
General George Patton
So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.
A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.
A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.
The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.
The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
General Dwight Eisenhower
Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right for you’ll be criticized anyway.
Education is the mother of leadership.
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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
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
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-re
straint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
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.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world.
Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.
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.
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between,
the leader is a servant.
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.
Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is
all about growing others.