Leadership quotes and sayings

Adversity is the midwife of genius.
Napoleon Bonaparte

A Godly Leader finds strength by realizing his weakness, finds authority by being under authority, finds direction by laying down his own plans, finds vision by seeing the needs of others, finds credibility by being an example, finds loyalty by expressing compassion, finds honor by being faithful, finds greatness by being a servant.
Roy Lessin

Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.
John Welch

When what used to control us becomes controlled by us, it is the beginning of a new part of our life. Each progress leaves behind a broken barrier that we have conquered; each conquered barrier is another step to our greater selves.
Arthur F. Carmazzi

To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
Pierre Corneille

The new leaders face new tests such as how to lead in this idea-intensive, interdependent network environment.
John Sculley

The longer we go without strong leadership from the Administration and until we see significant progress in the day-to-day lives of the Iraqi people, the more difficult it will become to sustain the support of the American people and Congress for the current course.
Dennis Cardoza

Unless structure follows strategy, inefficiency results.
Alfred Chandler

The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out and meet it.

If you are not failing now and again, its a sign you’re playing it safe.
Woody Allen

The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
Albert Einstein

To dilute the will to win is to destroy the purpose of the game. There is no substitute for victory.
Douglas MacArthur

Life’s biggest challenge is deciding what’s important – then disregarding the rest.

The “Inside-Out” approach to personal and self; even more fundamentally, to start with the most inside part of self – with your paradigms, your character, and your motives. The inside-out approach says that private victories precede public victories, that making and keeping promises to ourselves precedes making and keeping promises to others. It says it is futile to put personality ahead of character, to try to improve relationships with others before improving ourselves.”
Stephen Covey

The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves.
Herbert N. Casson

Being a leader who serves is very different from being a servant leader.
Isabel O. Lopez

People can be divided into two classes: those who go ahead and do something, and those people who sit still and inquire, why wasn’t it done the other way?
Oliver Wendell Holmes

The sign on the door of opportunity reads PUSH.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Albert Einstein

The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball – the further I am rolled the more I gain.
Susan B. Anthony

Change the rules before somebody else does.
Ralph Seferian

No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit.
Andrew Carnegie

There is no substitute for victory.
Douglas MacArthur

A first-rate organizer is never in a hurry. He is never late. He always keeps up his sleeve a margin for the unexpected.
Arnold Bennett

A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
William Shedo

You will find yourself in service to your fellow man, your country, and your God.
Mahatma Gandhi

That depends a good deal on where you want to get to …
Lewis Carroll

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.
St Augustine

Remember, what you get by reaching your destination isn’t nearly as important as what you become by reaching your goals – what you will become is the winner you were born to be!
Zig Ziglar

Management means, in the last analysis, the substitution of thought for brawn and muscle, of knowledge for folklore and superstition, and of cooperation for force…
Peter Drucker

Change begets change. Nothing propagates so fast.
Charles Dickens

Our democracy poses problems and these problems must and shall be solved by courageous leadership.
Charles Edison

In fair weather prepare for foul.
Thomas Fuller

The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.
Charles de Gaulle

We were not born to sue, but to command.
William Shakespeare

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence regardless of their chosen endeavor.
Vince Lombardi

The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such. All leaders whose fitness is questioned are clearly lacking in force.
Andre Maurois

The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.
Walter Lippmann

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on… The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.
Walter Lippmann

To help others become something that they could never on their own become, is putting value into that other person.

Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose.
Benjamin Disraeli

We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.
Whoopi Goldberg

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group. There is much less competition.
Indira Gandhi

Misfortunes, untoward events, lay open, disclose the skill of a general, while success conceals his weakness, his weak points.

Never… Never… Never… Never Give up!
Sir Winston Churchill

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Albert Einstein

Wise people learn when they can. Fools learn when they must.
Duke of Wellington

All wars are waged against children.
Eglantyne Jebb

No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.
George S. Patton

Only those that dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Robert Francis Kennedy

Nothing is so potent as the silent influence of a good example.
James Kent

The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack.
Wayne Lukas

Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt

We should seize every opportunity to give encouragement. Encouragement is oxygen to the soul. The days are always dark enough. There is no need for us to emphasize the fact by spreading further gloom.
George M. Adams

Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.
Peter Drucker

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

The world leaders in innovation and creativity will also be world leaders in everything else.
Harold R. McAlindon

You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.
Henry Ford

So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.
Peter Drucker

Good executives never put off until tomorrow what they can get someone else to do today.
John C. Maxwell