Leadership quotes and sayings

Managers help people see themselves as they are; Leaders help people to see themselves better than they are.
Jim Rohn

A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.
Henrik Ibsen

Be enthusiastic as a leader. You can’t light a fire with a wet match.
Anonymous

Reason and judgement are the qualities of a leader.
Tacitus

Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything.
Billy Graham

There go the people. I must follow them for I am their leader.
Alexandre Ledru-Rollin

Next to the assumption of power is the responsibility of relinquishing it.
Benjamin Disraeli

The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they eventually surpass him or her in knowledge and ability.
Fred A. Manske, Jr.

A leader’s dynamic does not come from special powers. It comes from a strong belief in a purpose and a willingness to express that conviction.
Kouzes and Posner

A person who is worthy of being a leader wants power not for himself, but in order to be of service.
US Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Confucius

Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.
Nolan Bushnell

To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.
Friedrich Nietzsche

A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world.
John Updike

Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.
Jesse Jackson

Leadership happens at every level of the organisation and no one can shirk from this responsibility.
Jerry Junkins

Leadership is about doing what you know is right – even when a growing din of voices around you is trying to convince you to accept what you know to be wrong.
Robert. L. Ehrlich

Men are governed only by serving them; the rule is without exception.
V. Cousin

The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.
Mary Kay Ash

Purpose is what gives life meaning.
C.H. Parkhurst

If you command wisely, you’ll be obeyed cheerfully.
Thomas Fuller

Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.
Tacitus

You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.
Anonymous

The difference between the possible and the impossible lies in a person’s determination.
Tommy Lasorda

Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.
Brian Tracy

The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.
Warren Bennis

The three “C’s” of leadership are Consideration, Caring, and Courtesy. Be polite to everyone.
Brian Tracy

He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
Henry Ward Beecher

If you have no character to lose, people will have no faith in you.
Mahatma Gandhi

The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.
Tony Blair

The beauty of empowering others is that your own power is not diminished in the process.
Barbara Colorose

Whether a man is burdened by power or enjoys power; whether he is trapped by responsibility or made free by it; whether he is moved by other people and outer forces or moves them – this is the essence of leadership.
Theodore H White

The cardinal responsibility of leadership is to identify the dominant contradiction at each point of the historical process and to work out a central line to resolve it.
Mao Tse-Tung

If people are coming to work excited . . . if they’re making mistakes freely and fearlessly . . . if they’re having fun . . . if they’re concentrating doing things, rather than preparing reports and going to meetings – then somewhere you have leaders.
Robert Townsend

Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.
George Patton

I learned that good judgement comes from experience and that experience grows out of mistakes.
General Omar Nelson Bradley

He who has great power should use it lightly.
Seneca

I think the greater responsibility, in terms of morality, is where leadership begins.
Norman Lear

Now there are five matters to which a leader must pay strict heed. The first of these is administration; the second, preparedness; the third, determination; the fourth, prudence; and the fifth, economy.
Wu Ch’i

Leaders we admire do not place themselves at the center; they place others there. They do not seek the attention of people; they give it to others. They do not focus on satisfying their own aims and desires; they look for ways to respond to the needs and interests of their constituents. They are not self-centered; they concentrate on the constituent. . . Leaders serve a purpose and the people who have made it possible for them to lead . . . . In serving a purpose, leaders strengthen credibility by demonstrating that they are not in it for themselves; instead, they have the interests of the institution, department, or team and its constituents at heart. Being a servant may not be what many leaders had in mind when they choose to take responsibility for the vision and direction of their organization or team, but serving others is the most glorious and rewarding of all leadership tasks.
James Kouzes and Barry Posner

Good leadership is about the company’s success, not your own.
Anne Mulcahy

You’re never beaten until you admit it.
George S. Patton

Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.
Jim Rohn

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.
B. C. Forbes

The leader’s job is not to cover all the bases – it is to see that all bases are covered.
James Crupi

The first step to leadership is servanthood.
John Maxwell

There is nothing noble about being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.
Hindu Proverb

There is no such thing as a perfect leader either in the past or present, in China or elsewhere. If there is one, he is only pretending, like a pig inserting scallions into its nose in an effort to look like an elephant.
Liu Shao-chi

Respect is the key determinant of high performance leadership.How much people respect you determines how well they perform.
Brian Tracy

Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships.
Charles Simic

Leaders make decisions that create the future they desire.
Mike Murdock

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.
English Proverb

Imagination rules the world.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Any one can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
Publilius Syrus

The challenge may not be easy, but it is possible.
Anonymous

I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.
Everett Dirksen

Great leaders… motivate large groups of individuals to improve the human condition.
John Kotter

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

You know what makes leadership? It is the ability to get men to do what they don’t want to do and like it.
Harry S. Truman

An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.
Arab proverb