Famous Leadership Quotes

Famous Leadership Quotes are quotes that can propel you to success! It’s advisable that you only read a 5 - 12 quotes daily and absorb the meanings to apply in your daily life.

The quote in this site will lift your spirits, restore your confidence and ignite your creative energy just when you need it most. Famous Leadership Quotes will challenge you about the way you view yourself and those around you, as well as ways of living and relating to others.

Do you want to see success as leader, do you want to lead effectively, do you want to see your team catch the vision, here are famous leadership quotes to begin your day!

Famous Leadership Quotes:Be Inspired!

Take a moment and start your day with a moment to read and reflect on the Famous Leadership Quote. This may seem as a small step, but as it becomes a habit, you will look back and see how far you have come on your journey towards excellence, success and happiness. 

Famous Leadership Quote:Day 1

Begin Your day with Famous Leadership Quotes.......

- Leaders are those who know what to do next, know why that is important, and know what appropriate resources to bring to bear on the problem at hand. Then, through effective communication they influence others to follow.” -Barry Bowater

- Good leadership is motivating and mobilizing others to accomplish a task or to think in ways that are for the benefit of all concerned. -Don Page 

- Some men see the world as it is and ask why; others see the world as it might be and ask why not. -Bernard Shaw

- Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. -Dwight Eisenhower

- Real leaders have no need to advertise their leadership except by their conduct, sympathy, understanding, and ability. 

- Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are. -John Wooden

- The price of greatness is responsibility.” -Winston Churchill

- From now on, any definition of a successful life must include serving others. -President George Bush


- The leadership that frees people to be their best, affirms them in their diversity and includes them in the dreams, decisions and benefits of the organization is a servant leader.  -James M. Childs, Jr.

- The size of a leader is determined by the depth of his convictions, the height of his ambitions, the breath of his vision and the reach of his love. -D.N. Jackson

- Don’t lose sight of the most important factors that lead to successful leadership: commitment, a passion to make a difference, a vision for achieving positive change, and the courage to take action. -Lorraine Matusak


- One person’s candle is a light for many. – TALMUD


Famous Leadership Quote:Day 2

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- To lead people, walk beside them ... As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate ... When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves. - Lao-tsu

- Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50% of your time in leading yourself, your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20% leading those with authority over you and 15% leading your peers. - Dee Hock

- 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

- Act while you can: While you have the chance, the means, and the strength. - TALMUD

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

- 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 Drucker

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

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

- The best is he who calls men to the best. And those who heed the call are also blessed. But worthless who call not, heed not, but rest. -  Hesiod

- Never give an order that can't be obeyed. - General Douglas MacArthur


Famous Leadership Quote:Day 3

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

- 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 Truman

- The leader is one who mobilizes others toward a goal shared by leaders and followers.

- Leaders, followers and goals make up the three equally necessary supports for leadership. - Gary Wills

- A person should first put one’s house together, then one’s town, then the world. - RABBI ISRAEL SALANTER

- A leader is one who influences a specific group of people to move in a God-given direction. - J. Robert Clinton

- Leadership is influence. - John C. Maxwell

- We do not know the extent of our own power to change and to effect change. But we must act; that is in our power. - RABBI BARUCH BOKSER

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

- Your position never gives you the right to command. It only imposes on you the duty of so living your life that others may receive your orders without being humiliated.- Dag Hammarskjöld

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

- A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worst when they despise him. But of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, 'We did this ourselves. - Lao-Tse


Famous Leadership Quote:Day 4

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- People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.- Theodore Roosevelt

- 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

- Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. - Theodore Roosevelt


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

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

- How do you know you have won? When the energy is coming the other way and when your people are visibly growing individually and as a group. - Sir John Harvey-Jones

- The leader must know, must know that he knows, and must be able to make it abundantly clear to those around him that he knows. - Clarence Randall


- 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

- As a leader, you're probably not doing a good job unless your employees can do a good impression of you when you're not around. - Patrick Lencioni

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

- Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not "making friends and influencing people", that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. - Peter F. Drucker


Famous Leadership Quote:Day 5

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- Leadership is the ability to establish standards and manage a creative climate where people are self-motivated toward the mastery of long term constructive goals, in a participatory environment of mutual respect, compatible with personal values. -Mike Vance

- The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do. - Andrew Carnegie

- 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

- High sentiments always win in the end, The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic. - George Orwell

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

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

- Do not wait for leaders. Do it alone, person to person. - Mother Teresa 

- Leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing. - Mary D. Poole

- My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people:those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group. There is much less competition. - Indira Gandhi

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

- It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself. - Anna Eleanor Roosevelt


Famous Leadership Quote:Day 6

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- 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 

- The boss drives people; the leader coaches them. The boss depends on authority; the leader on good will. The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm. The boss says "I"; The leader says "WE". The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown. The boss says, "GO"; the leader says lets, "GO!" . - H. Gordon Selfridge 

- 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

- A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. 

A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. 

A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. 

A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting. 

A boss is interested in himself or herself, a leader is interested in the group. - Russell H. Ewing 

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

- People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives. - Theodore Roosevelt  


- 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 


- 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 

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

- I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a "transformer" in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming lea. - Stephen R. Covey 


Famous Leadership Quote:Day 7

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- Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning. - Warren Bennis

- Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. -  Muriel Stro


- The best leaders are clear. They continually light the way, and in the process, let each person know that what they do makes a difference. 


- 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


- 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 


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


- It is the responsibility of leadership to provide opportunity, and the responsibility of individuals to contribute. - Bill Pollard

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

- Leaders come in many forms, with many styles and diverse qualities. There are quiet leaders and leaders one can hear in the next county. Some find strength in eloquence, some in judgment, some in courage. -John W. Gardner

- The leaders I met, whatever walk of life they were from, whatever institutions they were presiding over, always referred back to the same failure something that happened to them that was personally difficult, even traumatic, something that made them feel that desperate sense of hitting bottom--as something they thought was almost a necessity. It's as if at that moment the iron entered their soul; that moment created the resilience that leaders need. - Warren Bennis

- Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all. - Dwight D. Eisenhower 


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

- A leader's role is to raise people's aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there. - David Gergen

- Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve. - Tom Landry 

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


- 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

- 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 quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.

Famous Leadership Quote:Day 8

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- We are reformers in the spring and summer, but in autumn we stand by the old. Reformers in the morning, and conservers at night. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

- I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. 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

I'm their leader, I've got to follow them. -  Alexandre Ledru-Rollin 

 -The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack. - Wayne Lukas

- It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are, in fact, mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don't put psychotics in high places and we've got the problem solved. - Thomas Wolfe 


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

- Leadership must be established from the top down. - Sam Nunn

- An army of deer would be more formidable commanded by a lion, than a an army of lions commanded by a stag. 

- Those that rule must hear and be deaf, must see and be blind. 


- Leadership is the activity of influencing people to cooperate towards some goal which they come to find desirable and which motivates them over the long haul. - Orway Tead

- Outstanding leaders appeal to the hearts of their followers, not their minds. 

The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare. - Bobby Knight           

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

There are two ways to raise the level of leadership in your organization:(1) train them and (2) trade them. John Maxwell 

- People do not follow programs,but leaders who inspire them. John White

- Leadership:The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. Dwight Eisenhower         

When you get right down to it, one of the most important tasks of a leader is to eliminate his people’s excuse for failure.Robert Townsend             

Famous Leadership Quote:Day 9

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Good leaders must first become good servants. Robert Greenleaf               


-  A leader is a dealer in hope. Napoleon Bonaparte     


- 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 essence of leadership is a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet. Theodore Hesburgh

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

- The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they eventually surpass him or her in knowledge and ability. - Fred A. Manske, Jr

- You manage things; you lead people. - Murray Hopper 


- A leader knows what's best to do; a manager knows merely how best to do it. - Ken Adelman

- The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive. - Joe Batten

- Leadership is the wise use of power. Power is the capacity to translate intention into reality and sustain it. - Warren Bennis

- Tell a person they are brave and you help them become so. - Thomas Carlyle 

- The man who follows a crowd will never be followed by a crowd. - R. S. Donnell 

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