Leadership Quotes

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. —Warren Bennis

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

A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week. –George Patton

Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. — General George Patton

Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better. —Bill Bradley

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. —Bill Gates

He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. —Aristotle

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

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

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

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 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

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. —Ralph Nader

You don’t need a title to be a leader. –Multiple Attributions

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

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

Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position. —Brian Tracy

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

A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together. —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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

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

A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible. —Polybius

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

Do what you feel in your heart to be right–for you’ll be criticized anyway. —Eleanor Roosevelt

Education is the mother of leadership. —Wendell Willkie

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. —Stephen Covey

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

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

The supreme quality of leadership is integrity. –Dwight Eisenhower