Leadership quotes and sayings

Leadership is understanding people and involving them to help you do a job. That takes all of the good characteristics, like integrity, dedication of purpose, selflessness, knowledge, skill, implacability, as well as determination not to accept failure.
Admiral Arleigh A. Burke

Whatever their source, leadership begins with clarity about values what one stands for and the roots of those values are imparted by a sense of family, community, and culture.
Richard Couto

A great leader doesn’t get others to do things they don’t want to do, but inspires them to want to do and get fulfillment from the things that need to be done.
Arthur F. Carmazzi

One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.
Arnold H. Glasgow

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
Lao Tzu

Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.
Vince Lombardi

Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it.
Omar N. Bradley

A leader’s role is to raise people’s aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there.
David R. Gergen

The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.
Harvey S. Firestone

I think leadership comes from integrity – that you do whatever you ask others to do. I think there are non-obvious ways to lead. Just by providing a good example as a parent, a friend, a neighbor makes it possible for other people to see better ways to do things. Leadership does not need to be a dramatic, fist in the air and trumpets blaring, activity.
Scott Berkun

The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.
Henry A. Kissinger

Most important, leaders can conceive and articulate goals that lift people out of their petty preoccupations and unite them in pursuit of objectives worthy of their best efforts.
John Gardner

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leadership is the ability to get extraordinary achievement from ordinary people.
Brian Tracy

Leadership is not a one-day thing. It is a constant commitment to excellence, a habit… a daily practice.

The leader is one who mobilizes others toward a goal shared by leaders and followers. … Leaders, followers and goals make up the three equally necessary supports for leadership.
Gary Wills

Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob.
Oscar Wilde

The best example of leadership is leadership by example.
Jerry McClain

Leadership is getting people to help you when they are not obligated to do so.
John C. Maxwell

Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there; they cause change. They motivate and inspire others to go in the right direction and they, along with everyone else, sacrifice to get there.
John Kotter

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss… The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
Theodore Roosevelt

The true leader is always led.
Carl Gustav Jung

The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive.
Joe Batten

Leadership is the ability to establish standards and manage a creative climate where people are self-motivated toward the mastery of long term constructive goals, in a participatory environment of mutual respect, compatible with personal values.
Mike Vance

True leadership lies in guiding others to success. In ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well.
Bill Owens

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.
General Colin Powell

Leadership: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.
General Montgomery

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Albert Schweitzer

The very essence of leadership is its purpose. And the purpose of leadership is to accomplish a task. That is what leadership does–and what it does is more important than what it is or how it works.
Colonel Dandridge M. Malone

Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.
Tom Peters

There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage.
Chan Master Fuchan Yuan

Rough waters are truer tests of leadership. In calm water every ship has a good captain.
Swedish proverb

A good leader can’t get too far ahead of his followers.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.
Ralph Nader

Leadership appears to be the art of getting others to want to do something you are convinced should be done.
Vance Packard

Leadership is intentional influence.
Michael McKinney

Leadership is the wise use of power. Power is the capacity to translate intention into reality and sustain it.
Warren G. Bennis

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Leadership is not a right, it is a responsibility.
John Maxwell

Leaders are the ones who keep faith with the past, keep step with the present, and keep the promise to posterity.
Harold J. Seymour

To lead, one must follow.
Lao Tzu

Developing excellent communication skills is absolutely essential to effective leadership. The leader must be able to share knowledge and ideas to transmit a sense of urgency and enthusiasm to others. If a leader can’t get a message across clearly and motivate others to act on it, then having a message doesn’t even matter.
Gilbert Amelio

Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.
George S. Patton

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
George Patton

Leadership requires the courage to make decisions that will benefit the next generation.
Alan Autry

A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.
Jim Rohn

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
Steve Jobs

The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.
Woodrow Wilson

Management works in the system; leadership works on the system.
Stephen R. Covey

A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.
Jim Rohn

A most important key to successful leadership is your ability to direct and challenge the very best that is in those whom you lead.

The very exercise of leadership fosters capacity for it.
Cyril Falls

The secret of a leader lies in the tests he has faced over the whole course of his life and the habit of action he develops in meeting those tests.
Gail Sheehy

The best leaders of all, the people know not they exist. They turn to each other and say, we did it ourselves.
Zen Saying

To lead people, walk beside them … As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate … When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!
Lao Tsu

Go to the people. Learn from them. Live with them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. The best of leaders when the job is done, when the task is accomplished, the people will say we have done it ourselves.
Lao Tzu

Leadership must be established from the top down.
Sam Nunn

A leader, once convinced that a particular course of action is the right one, must be undaunted when the going gets tough.
Ronald Reagan

In simplest terms, a leader is one who knows where he wants to go, and gets up, and goes.
John Erksine (The Complete Life)