Leadership quotes and sayings

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.
Henry Clay

Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
Martin Luther King Jr.

We are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind or whether to act, and in acting, to live.
General Omar Nelson Bradley

Fear stops you in your tracks. Self confidence propels you forward.

Forget about yourself and just think of your people. It’s always the people who make things happen.
Corazon Aquino

Leaders of the future will have to be visionary and be able to bring people in – real communicators. These are things that women bring to leadership and executive positions, and it’s going to be incredibly valuable and incredibly in demand.
Anita Borg

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
Samuel Johnson

If you want to get the best out of someone – you must look for the best that is in them.

A really great man is known by three signs – generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success.
Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck

One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire.
John W. Foster

You will never be a leader unless you first learn to follow and be led.

Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Vince Lombardi

The most valuable “currency” of any organization is the initiative and creativity of its members. Every leader has the solemn moral responsibility to develop these to the maximum in all his people. This is the leader’s highest priority.
W. Edwards Deming

Nothing great was ever done without much enduring.
St Catherine of Siena

Be like a postage stamp – stick to one thing until you get there.
Josh Billings

To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.

Nobody can dim the light which shines from within.
Maya Angelo

Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.

It is a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead and find no one there.
Franklin D Roosevelt

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.
Steve Jobs

You can judge a leader by the size of the problem he tackles… Other people can cope with the waves, it’s his job to watch the tide.
Antony Jay

The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.
Harold Taylor

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
Sir Winston Churchill

Anything worth doing, is worth doing now.
Ralph Stayer

My research debunks the myth that many people seem to have . . . that you become a leader by fighting your way to the top. Rather, you become a leader by helping others to the top. Helping your employees is as important, and many times more so, than trying to get the most work out of them.
William Cohen

Tough times never last, but tough people do.
Dr. Robert Schuller

Ideas without action are worthless.
Harvey Mackay

When one door closes another one opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.
Alexander Graham Bell

You have within you, right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.
Brian Tracy

This is easy to say with the benefit of hindsight, but I think it once again points out how very important style of leadership, that is the way he does what he does, is to his perception.
Robert Teeter

You will always miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.

In order to be happy, human beings must feel they are continuing to grow. Clearly, we must adopt the concept of continuous improvement as a daily principle.
Tony Robbins

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

Cooperation with others. Perception, experience, tenacity. Know when to lead and when to follow.
Deng Ming-Dao

That is what leadership is all about: staking your ground ahead of where opinion is and convincing people, not simply following the popular opinion of the moment.
Doris Kearns Goodwin

I learned that good judgement comes from experience and that experience grows out of mistakes.
General Omar Nelson Bradley

Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character; it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both leader and follower alike the burdens of self-restraint.
Lewis H. Lapham

Change is the law of life – and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
John F Kennedy

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

In our system leadership is by consent, not command. To lead a President must persuade. Personal contacts and experiences help shape his thinking. They can be critical to his persuasiveness and thus to his leadership.
Donald Rumsfeld

If networks are to be more efficient…this will come about only on the basis of a high level of trust and the existence of shared norms of ethical behavior between network members.
Francis Fukuyama

Where much is expected from an individual, he may rise to the level of events and make the dream come true.
Elbert Hubbard

All organizations do change when put under sufficient pressure. This pressure must be either external to the organization or the result of very strong leadership.
Bruce Henderson

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
Peter Drucker

I would rather regret the things I have done than the things I have not.
Lucille Ball

The depositary of power is always unpopular.
Benjamin Disraeli

To manage is to forecast and plan, to organize, co-ordinate and to control.
Henri Fayol

The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.
Roger Bannister

One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.
Marie Curie

If you want happiness, create it now. Find the joy and beauty of this moment. Give yourself permission to be happy now. Give yourself permission to be beautiful now. Decide at this moment to be a leader, and you have become one. It can be that fast. “Taking responsibility” is not difficult. It is the “deciding to take responsibility” that is hard.
Thomas D. Willhite

I would rather have a first-class manager running a second-rate business than a second-class manager running a first-rate business.
Jack E. Reichert

Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.
Lao Tzu

Half-heartedness never won a battle.
William McKinley

It’s not always easy to do the right thing. But, doing the right thing makes you strong, it builds character, it forces you to make decisions based upon your beliefs and not what other people think. In life, and in business, you have to stand for what you believe in and sometimes you have to stand alone. But, what makes you a leader is having the courage of your convictions.
Queen Latifah

Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.
Winston Churchill

I believe that the will of the people is resolved by a strong leadership. Even in a democratic society, events depend on a strong leadership with a strong power of persuasion, and not on the opinion of the masses.
Yitzhak Shamir

There are one hundred and ninety nine ways to get beat, but only one way to win; get there first.
Willie Shoemaker

People who let events and circumstances dictate their lives are living reactively. That means that they don’t act on life, they only react to it.
Stedman Graham

The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.
Casey Stengel