Leadership Quotes

Favorite Leadership Quotes….

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

– Steve Jobs

Action expresses priorities.

– Mahatma Gandhi

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

– Thomas Edison

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.

– Michelangelo

When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.

– Ben Franklin

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

– Jack Welch

Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.”

– Leonardo daVinci

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

– John Maxwell

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

– John Quincy Adams

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

– Charles Darwin

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.

– Sir Richard Branson

We enjoy the process far more than the proceeds.

– Warren Buffet

When you’re more valuable, the people around you will do more to make it work.

– Sheryl Sandberg

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.

– Mother Teresa

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

– Leonardo daVinci

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

– Albert Einstein

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.

– Bill Taylor

This above all: to thine own self be true. It must follow that you cannot then be false to any man.

– Shakespeare

To move the world, we must first move ourselves.

– Socrates

There are two ways of meeting difficulties.  You alter the difficulties or you alter the way you meet them.

– Phyllis Bottome

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

Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A wise person will make more opportunities than he finds.

– Francis Bacon

I am not judged by the number of times I fail, but by the number of times I succeed; and the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I can fail and keep on trying.

– Tom Hopkins

Nothing would be done at all if we waited until it could be done so well that no one could find fault with it.

– Cardinal Newman

It may be that those who do most, dream most.

– Stephen Leacock

There is a great deal of unmapped country within us.

– George Eliot

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.

– Bill Gates

Nothing is so difficult that it cannot be accomplished by diligence.

– Terence

We each build our own future. We are the architects of our own fortune.

– Appius Caecus

The greatest discovery is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.

– William James

Dare! And dare again – and go on daring.

– George Danton

The very essence of leadership is having vision.

– Father Hesburg

Hear and forget. See and remember. Do and understand.

– Chinese proverb

The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes.

– Benjamin Disraeli

We are not here merely to make a living. We are here to enrich the world, and we impoverish ourselves if we forget this errand.

– Woodrow Wilson

Only by great risks can great results be achieved.

– Xerxes

Live every act fully, as if it were your last.

– Buddha

One should count each day a separate life.

– Seneca

There is no end to the adventures we can have if we seek them with our eyes open.

– J. Nehru

If you command yourself, you can command the world.

– Chinese proverb

Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.

– Thoreau

Nothing will come of nothing. Dare mighty things.

– Shakespeare

Tomorrow is now.

– Elenor Roosevelt

We must leave our mark on life while we have it in our power.

– Isak Dinesen

One must learn by doing the thing; though you think you know it, you can’t be certain until you try.

– Sophocles

The greatest happiness is to transform your thoughts and feelings into actions.

– Madame de Stael

Act well at the moment, and you will have performed a good action to all eternity.

– Johann Lavater

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

– Albert Einstein

Let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average.

– A.W. Tozer

Those on top of the mountain did not fall there.

– Unknown

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

– Yogi Berra

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

– Confucius

You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.

– Barbara Sher

I discovered a long time ago that if I helped people get what they wanted, I would always get what I wanted and I would never have to worry.

– Anthony Robbins

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

– Kahlil Gibran

I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.

– Brian Tracy

Work is good, provided you do not forget to live.

– Bantu Proverb

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.

– R.W. Emerson

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

– Albert Einstein

Nothing in life is to feared. It is only to be understood.

– Marie Curie

Your are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.

– C.S. Lewis

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

– Aristotle

Ninety percept of success is just showing up.

– Woody Allen

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.

– Lao Tzu

There go the people. I must follow them for I am their leader.

– Gandhi

The field cannot well be seen from within the field.

– R.W. Emerson

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that’s your own.

– Aldous Huxley

It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.

– John Wooden

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.

– Sam Levenson

Looking back, my life seems like one long obstacle race with me as its chief obstacle.

– Jack Paar

If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.

– Tom Peters

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.

– George Eliot

Knowledge speaks, wisdom listens.

– Jimi Hendrix

Carpe Diem. Seize the day. We’re food for the worms.

– from Dead Poet’s Society

The worth of a thing is known by its want.

– Thomas D’Ufrey

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

– R.W. Emerson

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

– Theodore M. Hesburgh

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

– John F. Kennedy

A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.

– Jim Rohn

What saves us is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but we have to take it.

– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

– Anatole France

My parents made us dream that we could be anyone that we wanted to.

– Indra Nooyi

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

– Walt Disney

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

– Peter Drucker

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 Drucker

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

– Stephen Covey

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

– Winston Churchill

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

– Mark Twain

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

– Salvador Dali

Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.

– Nietzsche

Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions.

– David Hume

The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.

– Carl Jung

Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.

– Mother Theresa

Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free.

– Eckhart Tolle

The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.

– Rosa Parks

The authentic self is soul made visible.

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

– T.S. Eliot

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.

– Henry Ford

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.

– Billy Durant

Live the life you’ve dreamed.

– Henry David Thoreau

If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.”

– Lewis Carroll (Alice In Wonderland)

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.

– Alexander Hamilton

Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.

– Steve Jobs

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.

– Rosa Parks

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

– C.S. Lewis

There are those who are so scrupulously afraid of doing wrong that they seldom venture to do anything.

– Vauvenargues

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

– Maya Angelou

Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what he loves.

– Blaise Pascal

A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes but to get into accord with them: they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world.

– Sigmund Freud

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

– Pablo Picasso

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.

– Albert Einstein

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

– Albert Einstein

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

– André Gide

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.

– C. S. Lewis

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

– T.S. Eliot

Anyone can dabble, but once you’ve made that commitment, your blood has that particular thing in it, and it’s very hard for people to stop you.

– Bill Cosby

One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.

– E.M. Forster

Stay hungry. Stay foolish.

– Steve Jobs

It matters not the number of years in your life. It is the life in your years.”

– Abraham Lincoln

Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long.

– George Bernard Shaw

A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.

– Sir RIchard Branson

Hell! There ain’t no rules around here! We’re trying to accomplish somep’n

– Thomas Edison

No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.

– Isaac Newton

Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that assures the successful outcome of any venture

– William James

Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.

– Machiavelli

When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for everyone telling you you’re nuts.

– Larry Ellison

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

– Mark Twain

If you wished to be loved, love.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

If you tell me, it’s an essay. If you show me, it’s a story.

– Barbara Greene

As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the truth.

– John Whittier

Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds.

– SEAL Team Saying

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

– Helen Keller

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

– Charles Swindoll

The only way to do great work is to love the work you do.

– Steve Jobs

A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.

– Charles de Gaulle

Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.

– Boris Pasternak

Less isn’t more; just enough is more.

– Milton Glaser

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

– Gilbert K Chesterton

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

– Peter Drucker

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

– Stephen Covey

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

– Goethe

Think different.

– Steve Jobs

Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.

– Voltaire

I hated every minute of training, but I said, Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.

– Muhammad Ali

What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.

– Goethe

I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success… Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.

– Nikola Tesla

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.

– Maya Angelou