Leadership quotes and sayings

The prime role of a leader is to offer an example of courage and sacrifice.
Regis Debray

The art of leadership… consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention.
Adolf Hitler

The best leaders are clear. They continually light the way, and in the process, let each person know that what they do makes a difference.

Leadership is more likely to be assumed by the aggressive than by the able, and those who scramble to the top are more often motivated by their own inner torments.
Bergen Evans

A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says “I was beaten,” he does not say “My men were beaten.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A leader knows what’s best to do; a manager knows merely how best to do it.
Ken Adelman

Leadership is nothing more than motivating other people.
Lee Iacocca

Divorced from ethics, leadership is reduced to management and politics to mere technique.
James MacGregor Burns

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.
Andrew Carnegie

He that cannot obey cannot command.
Benjamin Franklin

Leadership is difficult but it is not complex.
Michael McKinney

I don’t know what leadership is. You can’t touch it. You can’t feel it. It’s not tangible. But I do know this: you recognize it when you see it.
Bob Ehrlich

The manager has his eye always on the bottom line; the leader has his eye on the horizon.
Warren Bennis

Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals.

It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.
Nelson Mandela

If you don’t understand that you work for your mislabeled ‘subordinates,’ then you know nothing of leadership. You know only tyranny.
Dee Hock

The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.
John Maxwell

Leaders think and talk about the solutions.Followers think and talk about the problems.
Brian Tracy

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
Maya Angelou

A great man is one who can have power and not abuse it.
Henry L. Doherty

The goal of an effective leader is to recondition your team to be solution focused rather than problem focused.
Jim Rohn

If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall in the ditch.
Jesus Christ

Actions, not words, are the ultimate results of leadership.
Bill Owens

He who has never learned to obey, cannot be a good commander.

The greatest leader in the world could never win a campaign unless he understood the men he had to lead.
General Omar Nelson Bradley

He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.

Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.
John D. Rockefeller

A true leader creates a culture of spirits and hearts not just heads and hands.
Ed Konczal

The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.
John C Maxwell

A new leader has to be able to change an organization that is dreamless, soulless and visionless … someone’s got to make a wake up call.
Warren Bennis

Leaders keep their eyes on the horizon, not just on the bottom line.
Warren G. Bennis

Leadership is influence. It is the ability to obtain followers. When the leader lacks confidence, the followers have no commitment. A leader is great not because of his power, but because of his ability to empower others.
John Maxwell

You learn far more from negative leadership than from positive leadership. Because you learn how not to do it. And, therefore, you learn how to do it.
Norman Schwarzkopf

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
Niccolo Machiavelli

One man with courage makes a majority.
Andrew Jackson

Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership.
Eric Hoffer

An old African leader says about leadership, he says that leadership should never be shared; it should always remain in the hands of the dispossessed people. We will lead the revolution.
H. Rap Brown

In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now.
Wangari Maathai

Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.
Lao Tze

The price of greatness is responsibility.
Sir Winston Churchill

Leadership does not depend on being right.
Ivan Illich

The led must not be compelled; they must be able to choose their own leader.
Albert Einstein

If leadership serves only the leader, it will fail. Ego satisfaction, financial gain, and status can all be valuable tools for a leader, but if they become the only motivations, they will eventually destroy a leader. Only when service for a common good is the primary purpose are you truly leading.
Sheila Murray Bethel

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
Sandra Carey

The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap.
Ayn Rand

I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a transformer in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader.
Stephen R. Covey

The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers. Are the followers reaching their potential? Are they learning? Serving? Do they achieve the required results? Do they change with grace? Manage conflict?
Max De Pree

To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.
Pat Riley

A true leader is hated by most, and respected by all. A follower is liked by all, and respected by none.
Scott Smigler

Learn to obey before you command.

A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn’t like the tune.

If I have the belief that I can do it, I will surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning
Mahatma Gandhi

Leadership in today’s world requires far more than a large stock of gunboats and a hard fist at the conference table.
Hubert H. Humphrey

True statesmanship is the art of changing a nation from what it is into what it ought to be
William R. Alger

Leaders must know where they are going if they expect others to willingly join them on the journey.
Kouzes and Posner (The Leadership Challenge)

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
Abraham Lincoln

The height of ability in the least able consists in knowing how to submit to the good leadership of others.
François de la Rochefoucauld

The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.
Elaine Agather

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
Henry J. Kaiser

We live in a time where government is not a leadership thing, it’s more a business that’s out there and running riot, so I guess the people have to go out there and say stuff.
Yahoo Serious