Leadership quotes and sayings

To move ahead you need to believe in yourself…have conviction in your beliefs and the confidence to execute those beliefs.
Adlin Sinclair

Honor bespeaks worth. Confidence begets trust. Service brings satisfaction. Cooperation proves the quality of leadership.
James Cash Penney

Believe in yourself and act on your convictions.
Anonymous

The greatest use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.
William James

There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.
Robert Half

Change in all things is sweet.
Aristotle

One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears – by listening to them.
Dean Rusk

Great leaders outlast themselves: I may not get there with you. But I want you to know that we as a people will get to the Promised Land.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The purpose of life is not to win. The purpose of life is to grow and to share. When you come to look back on all that you have done in life, you will get more satisfaction from the pleasure you have brought into other people’s lives than you will from the times that you outdid and defeated them.
Rabbi Harold Kushner

And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
Bible: Revelations 2:27

Acknowledgement and celebration are essential to fueling passion, making people feel valid and valuable, and giving the team a real sense of progress that makes it all worthwhile.
Dwight Frindt

The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.
Sir Winston Churchill

Celebrate the success of others. Bring people up – not down!
Anonymous

Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you will die today.
James Dean

If I advance, follow me! If I retreat, kill me! If I die, avenge me!
Francois De La Rochefoucauld

We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat.
Queen Victoria

The word impossible is not in my dictionary.
Napoleon Bonaparte

I think what actually works best is local-level individual targeting of key leadership nodes.
John Abizaid

The brave person confronts fear and moves toward it. It then gets smaller.
Anonymous

Servant-leadership is more than a concept, it is a fact. Any great leader, by which I also mean an ethical leader of any group, will see herself or himself as a servant of that group and will act accordingly.
M. Scott Peck

Rule your mind or it will rule you.
Horace

Take a chance! All life is a chance.
Dale Carnegie

Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.
Jonathan Swift

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which have been overcome while trying to succeed.
Booker T. Washington

Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves.
E. Joseph Cossman

Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.
Chinese Proverb

Time and money spent in helping men do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.
Henry Ford

Democrats have no agenda, no plan for the future, and no sense of leadership.
Jeff Miller

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Elbert Hubbard

There would not be enough talent that’s educated, developed and ready to take on the next leadership challenge, and it would cap our growth. Now we’ve put programs in place not to have that happen, but that could be a weakness.
Kevin Rollins

Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes… but no plans.
Peter Drucker

All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
Samuel Butler

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

He who stops being better, stops being good.
Oliver Cromwell

A brave man thinks no one superior who does him injury; for make himself superior to the other by forgiveness.
Alexander Pope

The more that social democracy develops, grows, and becomes stronger, the more the enlightened masses of workers will take their own destinies, the leadership of their movement, and the determination of its direction into their own hands.
Rosa Luxemburg

To do all that one is able to do, is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do, is to be a God.
Napoleon Bonaparte

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

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

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

Good leaders must first become good servants.
Robert Greenleaf

We are the only ones who have the power to accomplish what we set out to do.
Anonymous

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Humans will probably always need the help of especially gifted moral leaders in order to extend the bonds of caring and trust beyond the easy range of the family and the face-to-face community. Such bonds have become essential to the future of humanity.
Paul R. Lawrence

It is much safer to obey, than to govern.
Thomas Kempis

All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions.
George Bernard Shaw

If you do not look at things on a large scale, it will be difficult to master strategy.
Miyamoto Mursashi

One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.
Edward B. Butler

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
Demosthenes

If you do not know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.
Henry Kissinger

Tell me, I will forget. Show me, I may remember. Involve me, I will understand.
Chinese Proverb

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.
Conrad Hilton

You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might.
Henry David Thoreau

I believe that we as the leader of the Free World must provide important leadership on the ethical parameters, the ethical constraints that this research requires.
Ron Kind

The biggest difference is in the leadership. It was better for us. We had more coaches and mentors to help us. A lot of the younger players today suffer from a lack of direction.
Isaiah Thomas

The idea for which this nation stands will not survive if the highest goal free man can set themselves is an amiable mediocrity. Excellence implies striving for the highest standards in every phase of life.
John W Gardner

The world’s as ugly as sin, and almost as delightful
Frederick Locker-Lampson

One chance is all you need.
Jesse Owens

Lincoln was not great because he was born in a log cabin, but because he got out of it.
James Truslow Adams

Remember that to change your mind and follow him who sets you right is to be none the less free than you were before.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

It takes tremendous discipline to control the influence, the power you have over other people’s lives.
Clint Eastwood

The view only changes for the lead dog.
Sergeant Preston

Servant-leadership is all about making the goals clear and then rolling your sleeves up and doing whatever it takes to help people win. In that situation, they don’t work for you, you work for them.
Ken Blanchard

Go forward or backward, whatever it takes in life; just move!
Anonymous

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

President Reagan was a leader at a time when the American people most needed leadership. He outlined a vision that captured the imagination of the free world, a vision that toppled the Communist empire and freed countless millions.
Dennis Hastert

The guy who takes a chance… who walks the line between the known and unknown . . . who is unafraid of failure, will succeed.
Gordon Parks

You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence is not an event – it is a habit.
Aristotle

We need real leadership, Democrat, Republican and independent to stand up and say, we have to live within our means.
Tom Coburn

I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be.
Warren Bennis

Drive thy business or it will drive thee.
Benjamin Franklin

There is always room for a man of force and he makes room for many. Society is a troop of thinkers and the best heads among them take the best places.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Show me the leader and I will know his men. Show me the men and I will know their leader.
Arthur W. Newcomb

There are many elements to a campaign. Leadership is number one. Everything else is number two.
Bertolt Brecht

There is only one way… to get anybody to do anything. And that is by making the other person want to do it.
Dale Carnegie

Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.
Dale Carnegie

Challenge is the opportunity for greatness. People do their best when there is an opportunity to change how things currently stand. Maintaining the status quo facilitates mediocrity. Those who embrace this practice do not wish to rest on their laurels. They motivate others to exceed their limits and look for innovative ways to improve the organization.
Kouzes and Posner (The Leadership Challenge)

There has been in recent years excessive emphasis on a citizen’s rights and inadequate stress upon his duties and responsibilities.
Paxton Blair

The most important part of every business is to know what ought to be done.
Lucius Columell

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Francis Bacon

In today’s economy, the most important resource is no longer labor, capital or land; it is knowledge.
Peter Drucker

It is no use saying, “We are doing our best.” You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
Sir Winston Churchill

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

Inspired leaders move a business beyond problems into opportunities.
Dr. Abraham Zaleznik

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Freedom is necessary for honesty, honesty for integrity, integrity for power, power for creativity, and all of them for intimacy.
Sonia Johnson

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
Sir Winston Churchill

Life is a place of service. Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.
Leo Tolstoy

When you pass through, no one can pin you down, no one can call you back.
Ying An

You have to enable and empower people to make decisions independent of you. As I’ve learned, each person on a team is an extension of your leadership; if they feel empowered by you they will magnify your power to lead.
Tom Ridge