Leadership quotes and sayings

There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hope soon to be swept away.”
Sir Winston Churchill

We learn the rope of life by untying its knots.
Jean Toomer

There is nothing permanent except change.
Heraclitus

Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too.
Robert Half

Everybody wants to do something to help, but nobody wants to be the first.
Pearl Bailey

The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going.
Anonymous

If you wish to succeed in managing and controlling others – learn to manage and control yourself.
William J.H. Boetker

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants.
Isaac Newton

There go my people. I must find out where they are going so I can lead them.
Alexandre Ledru-Rollin

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.
Babe Ruth

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.
Babe Ruth

Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you’re ready to play as tough as you’re able to, you’d better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you’re not giving it all you’ve got.
Larry Bird

There is no more noble occupation in the world than to assist another human being to help someone succeed.
Alan Loy McGinnis

If you have some respect for people as they are, you can be more effective in helping them to become better than they are.
John W Gardner

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
Peter Drucker

Perhaps the most central characteristic of authentic leadership is the relinquishing of the impulse to dominate others.
David Cooper

A constant effort to keep his party together, without sacrificing either principle or the essentials of basic strategy, is the very stuff of political leadership. Macmillan was canonised for it.
Harold Wilson

What you cannot enforce. Do not command.
Sophocles

The most important thing with communication is to hear what is not being said.
Anonymous

Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.
Frank Gaines

Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.
Alvin Toffler

The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.
George Eliot

Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.
Malcolm Muggeridge

The first duty of a leader is to make himself be loved without courting love. To be loved without ‘playing up’ to anyone – even to himself.
Andre Malraux

You’re the only one who can make the difference. Whatever your dream is, go for it.
Earvin Magic Johnson

Take care, don’t fight, and remember: if you do not choose to lead, you will forever be led by others. Find what scares you, and do it. And you can make a difference, if you choose to do so.
J. Michael Straczynski

The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.
Henri B. Stendhal

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.
Paul J. Meyer

A good leader is not necessarily the most popular person in their business, but the best ones are liked because they are respected for their clarity and vision.
Alan Sugar

If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.
Jack Welch

The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.
Thomas Huxley

One of the surest signs of the estimated changes in the consciousness of the American proletariat is to be found in the character of the demands now being put forward by the leadership.
C. L. R. James

You manage things; you lead people.
Grace Murray Hopper

You don’t need fancy highbrow traditions or money to really learn. You just need people with the desire to better themselves.
Adam Cooper and Bill Collage

All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
Sir Winston Churchill

Don’t be afraid to take a big step when one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small steps.
David Lloyd George

You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.
Rosalynn Carter

Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.
Paul Hawken

The best vision is insight.
Malcolm Forbes

We need leadership, and we need it now.
Byron Dorgan

It is impossible to imagine anything which better becomes a ruler than mercy.
Seneca

A good manager is a man who isn’t worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him.
Henry S. Burns

Good plans shape good decisions. That’s why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true.
Lester R. Bittel

To be prepared is half the victory.
Miguel Cervantes

Leaders come in many forms, with many styles and diverse qualities. There are quiet leaders and leaders one can hear in the next county. Some find strength in eloquence, some in judgment, some in courage.
John W Gardner

The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don’t know what to do.
Jon Holt

Four rules of leadership in a free legislative body: First, no matter how hard-fought the issue, never get personal. Don’t say or do anything that may come back to haunt you on another issue, another day…. Second, do your homework. You can’t lead without knowing what you’re talking about…. Third, the American legislative process is one of give and take. Use your power as a leader to persuade, not intimidate…. Fourth, be considerate of the needs of your colleagues, even if they’re at the bottom of the totem pole….

George Bush

The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.
Lucretius

Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.
J. P. Morgan

Men can be stimulated to show off their good qualities to the leader who seems to think they have good qualities.
John Richelsen

Personal leadership is the process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with them.
Stephen Covey

We in the press, by our power, can actually undermine leadership.
Christiane Amanpour

We will either find a way or make one.
Hannibal

You options are limited only by your fears.
Anonymous

You can’t win any game unless you’re committed to winning.
Anonymous

The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Few people are successful unless other people want them to be.
Charlie Brown

The trouble in modern democracy is that men do not approach to leadership until they have lost the desire to lead anyone.
Lord Beveridge

The ones who want to achieve and win championships motivate themselves.
Mike Ditka

Direction, not intention, determines destination.
Andy Stanley

There’s no substitute for guts.
Paul Bear Bryant

We must be silent before we can listen. We must listen before we can learn. We must learn before we can prepare. We must prepare before we can serve. We must serve before we can lead.
William Arthur Ward

Rather fall with honor than succeed by fraud.
Sophocles

As a leader, you’re probably not doing a good job unless your employees can do a good impression of you when you’re not around.
Patrick Lencioni

Without a dream there is no reason to work…without work there is no reason to dream.
Lee Ayers

It takes leadership to improve safety.
Jackie Stewart

No general in the midst of battle has a great discussion about what he is going to do if defeated.
David Owen

There is great force hidden in a gentle command.
George Herbert

A smile while giving honest criticism can make the difference between resentment and reform.
Philip Steinmetz

The man who goes the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.
Dale Carnegie

It’s not the plan that is important, it’s the planning.
Graeme Edwards

What if you have failed in the past? So, at one time did every man we recognize as a towering success. They called it “temporary defeat.
Napoleon Hill

People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.
John C. Maxwell

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
Anonymous

Ordinary people think merely of spending time. Great people think of using it.
Anonymous

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Confucius

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.
Abraham Lincoln

The optimist sees opportunity in every danger; the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity.
Winston Churchill

Greater is he who acts from love than he who acts from fear.
Simeon Ben Eleazar

There is no limit to the good man can do if he doesn’t care who gets the credit.
Judson B. Branch

What makes a good follower? The single most important characteristic may well be a willingness to tell the truth. In a world of growing complexity leaders are increasingly dependent on their subordinates for good information, whether the leaders want to hear it or not. Followers who tell the truth and leaders who listen to it are an unbeatable combination.
Warren Bennis

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Sir Winston Churchill

The failure of women to have reached positions of leadership has been due in large part to social and professional discrimination.
Rosalyn S. Yalow

Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.
Henry Peter Brougham

I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.
Nathan Hale

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
John D. Rockefeller

Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power.
Henry George

A leader has to appear consistent. That doesn’t mean he has to be consistent.
James Callahan

No general can fight his battles alone. He must depend upon his lieutenants, and his success depends upon his ability to select the right man for the right place.
Philip Armour

A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason.
J. P. Morgan