Leadership quotes and sayings

I recognize we will pay more attention when we have different leadership.
Octavia Butler

The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.
William James

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Bill Cosby

Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
Michael Jordan

Don’t let anything stop you. There will be times when you’ll be disappointed, but you can’t stop. Make yourself the very best that you can make of what you are. The very best.
Sadie T. Alexander

Men of genius are meteors, intended to burn to light their century.
Napoleon Bonaparte

The time is always right to do what is right.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.
Charles de Gaulle

A man who cannot make mistakes cannot do anything.
Anonymous

Party domination and State leadership are concepts incompatible with one another.
Franz von Papen

There’s plenty of room at the top, but there’s no room to sit down.
Helen Downey

Little minds attain and are subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them.
Washington Irving

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
Henry Ward Beecher

What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.
Richard Harkness

When you are in the valley, keep your goal firmly in view and you will get the renewed energy to continue the climb.
Denis Waitley

My father had a simple test that helps me measure my own leadership quotient: When you are out of the office he once asked me, does you staff carry on remarkable well without you?
Martha Peak

No man is capable of self-improvement if he sees no other model but himself.
Conrado I. Generoso

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.
Theodore M. Hesburgh

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.
Theodore M. Hesburgh

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

Even if I don’t reach all my goals, I’ve gone higher than I would have if I hadn’t set any.
Danielle Fotopoulos

I believe that the first test of a truly great man is his humility.
John Ruskin

The man who gets the most satisfactory results is not always the man with the brilliant single mind, but rather the man who can best co-ordinate the brains and talents of his associates.
W. Alton Jones

Intelligence we gathered at the time indicated that this was in fact leadership and we struck the leadership.
Peter Pace

Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.
Henry Ford

I don’t agree with all-male leaderships. Men cannot be left to run things on their own. I think it’s a thoroughly bad thing to have a men-only leadership.
Harriet Harman

Every generation of children offers mankind the possibility of rebuilding his ruin of a world.
Eglantyne Jebb

Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.
Margaret Cousins

I never saw a pessimistic general win a battle.
General Dwight David Eisenhower

Knowing that we can make a difference in this world is a great motivator. How can we know this and not be involved?
Susan Jeffers

More than anything else today, followers believe they are part of a system, a process that lacks heart. If there is one thing a leader can do to connect with followers at a human, or better still a spiritual level, it is to become engaged with them fully, to share experiences and emotions, and to set aside the processes of leadership we have learned by rote.
Lance Secretan

When you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either.
Leo Burnett

There is an irresistible demand to strengthen the leadership of the constructive forces of the world at the present momentous time. This is true because of stupendous, almost unbelievable changes which have taken place in recent years on every continent.
John Raleigh Mott

The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it.
Lord Macaulay

When you are not practising, remember, someone somewhere is practising … and when you meet him, he will win.
Senator Bill Bradley

I light my candle from their torches.
Robert Burton

Being a CEO still means sitting across the table from big institutional investors and showing your leadership and having them believe in you.
Christie Hefner

If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.
William James

The lash may force men to physical labour; it cannot force them to spiritual creativity.
Sholem Ash

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
Albert Einstein

Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Praise works with only three types of people; men, women, and children.
Anonymous

The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their perseverance under the promptings of a brave, determined spirit.
Mark Twain

No person was ever honored for what they received. Honor has been the reward for what they gave.
Calvin Coolidge

Change is inevitable. Progress is optional.
Anonymous

You can’t do everything at once, but you can do something at once.
Calvin Coolidge

The person who knows “how” will always have job. The person who knows “why” will always be his boss.
Diane Ravitch

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
Ralph Vaull Starr

Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.
Jim Rohn

One player practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.
Knute Rockne

Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.
John F. Kennedy

If you fail to honour your people, they will fail to honour you; It is said of a good leader that when the work is done, the aim fulfilled, the people will say, “We did this ourselves”.
Lao Tzu

Ill can he rule the great that cannot reach the small.
Edmund Spenser

When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and a true maxim, that a “drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.
Abraham Lincoln

The common characteristics of people make a community possible, but it is their uncommon qualities that make it better.
John H. Fischer

You can’t measure the heart of a leader.
Anonymous

Now, if we look at the way in which the labor movement itself has evolved over the last couple of decades, we see increasing numbers of black people who are in the leadership of the labor movement and this is true today.
Angela Davis

Under the leadership of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, the United States has given up the moral high ground that we used to occupy as an international leader.
Marty Meehan

We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times… and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK. That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen.
Barack Obama

No enterprise can exist for itself alone. It ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others; or failing therein it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist.
Calvin Coolidge

He led his regiment from behind – He found it less exciting. But when away his regiment ran, His place was at the fore, O.
W.S. Gilbert

The same ambition can destroy or save, And makes a patriot as it makes a knave.
Alexander Pope

Trust is a risk game. The leader must ante up first.
Irwin Federman

If an incompetent chieftain is removed, seldom do we appoint his highest-ranking subordinate to his place.
Attila the Hun

Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.
William Shakespeare

With the power of conviction, there is no sacrifice.
Jim Rohn

The greatest way to live with honour in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
Socrates

The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality.
John Quincy Adams

The man whose authority is recent is always stern.
Aeschylus

Only the bold get to the top.
Publius Syrus

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.
Bill Vaughan

The cautious seldom err.
Confucius

But no nation can base its survival and development on luck and prayers alone while its leadership fritters away every available opportunity for success and concrete achievement.
Ibrahim Babangida

Of the talents bestowed on men, none is so precious as the gift of oratory.
Sir Winston Churchill

I also know that there have been many times in our history when the proximity of an election has induced exactly the kind of leadership and consensus-building that produce progress in our democracy.
Joe Lieberman

How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.
Stephen R Covey

A salesman, like the storage battery in your car, is constantly discharging energy. Unless he is recharged at frequent intervals he soon runs dry. This is one of the greatest responsibilities of sales leadership.
R. H. Grant

No matter how carefully you plan your goals they will never be more that pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto.
W. Clement Stone

What you rub up against rubs off.
Anonymous

The first one gets the oyster the second gets the shell.
Andrew Carnegie

This nation has never lived without independence. We cannot and shall not live without it. Either independence or death.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

The leadership lost its nerve. Instead of taking the lead in the reform movement… they pulled the plug on it. They tried and are still trying to return the church to the dry ice of the previous century and a half.
Andrew Greeley

There are two kinds of companies, those that work to try to charge more and those that work to charge less.
Jeff Bezos

To lead in the 21st century-to take soldiers, sailors, and airmen into battle, you will be required to have both character and competence.
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

Before a battle, planning is everything. Once the fighting has begun, it’s worthless.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The country is full of good coaches. What it takes to win is a bunch of interested players.
Don Coryell

There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple, and useful life.
Booker T. Washington

Failure is impossible.
Susan B. Anthony

Those who trust us, educate us.
George Eliot

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
Lou Holtz