Leadership quotes and sayings

Leadership is action, not position.
Donald H. McGannon

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

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

Remember the difference between a boss and a leader; a boss says “Go!” – a leader says “Let’s go!”
E.M. Kelly

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

You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.
Anthony J. D’Angelo

Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.
Thomas J. Watson

A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not.

A leader leads by example not by Force.
Sun Tzu

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

Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them.
Robert Jarvik

One measure of leadership is the caliber of people who choose to follow you.
Dennis A. Peer

Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.
Vince Lombardi

Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.
Harold S. Geneen

To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone.
Harry Truman

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

A leader who doesn’t hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.
Golda Meir

You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That’s assault, not leadership.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.
John C. Maxwell

A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.
John C. Maxwell

You can’t lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself.
Gene Mauch

Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned.
Harold S. Geneen

Leadership is the challenge to be something more than average.
Jim Rohn

Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others in a way that clarifies and expands a vision of the future.
Edwin H. Friedman

A leader is someone who demonstrates what’s possible.
Mark Yarnell

Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead.
Ross Perot

A man is only a leader when a follower stands beside him.
Mark Brouwer

The real leader has no need to lead – he is content to point the way.
Henry Miller

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
Steve Jobs

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

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

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

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

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

A leader is best, when people barely know that he exists.
Witter Bynner

Leadership is the ability of a single individual through his or her actions to motivate others to higher levels of achievement.
Buck Rodgers

Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration — of oneself and of others. Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes. Leadership is not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others. It is an attitude, not a routine.
Lance Secretan

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

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
Ralph Nader

Leadership is getting people to work for you when they are not obligated.
Fred Smith

Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination.

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

Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching.
George Van Valkenburg

A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

The only real training for leadership is leadership.
Antony Jay

Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.
Norman Schwarzkopf

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

I suppose that leadership at one time meant muscle; but today it means getting along with people.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

When nothing is sure, everything is possible.
Margaret Drabble

A leader is a dealer in hope
Napoleon Bonaparte

True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not to enrich the leader.
John C. Maxwell

Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.
Marian Anderson

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

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

Leadership is much more an art, a belief, a condition of the heart, than a set of things to do. The visible signs of artful leadership are expressed, ultimately, in its practice.
Max Depree

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision.
Theodore Hesburgh

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

Without initiative, leaders are simply workers in leadership positions.
Bo Bennett