Leadership quotes and sayings

Those who rule must har and be deaf, must see and be blind.
German Proverb

People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.
Thomas Sowell

Everyone faces challenges and problems. Success lies in dealing with them promptly and thoroughly.
Anonymous

I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. 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-Tzu

Management is nothing more than motivating other people.
Lee Iacocca

Having a role model in life is a great thing to have; one who provides us with direction and inspiration. However, we will forever be restricted by that person’s limitations if we live within their boundaries. Be influenced, but set your own standards and develop your own principals, if you are ever to live beyond someone else’s dreams.
Jason Shahan

The best test as a leader is: Do those served grow as persons; do they become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become leaders?
Robert Greenleaf

Not everything that is faced can be changed; nothing can be changed until it is faced.
James Baldwin

Speak Softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
Theodore Roosevelt

Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
George S. Patton

To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.
Andre Malraux

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches but to reveal to them their own.
Benjamin Disraeli

If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.
Anonymous

No two men can be half an hour together, but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other.
Dr. Samuel Johnson

If two or three persons should come with a high spiritual aim and with great powers, the world would fall into their hands like a ripe peach.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Big thinkers are specialists in creating positive, forward-looking, optimistic pictures in their own minds and in the minds of others.
David J. Schwartz

Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
Harry S. Truman

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.
George Bernard Shaw

Lift, Lead and Love.
Spencer W. Kimball

Confront Issues and Challenges – Not Each Other.
Suzanne Mayo Frindt

My own definition of My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.
General Montgomery

Nothing limits achievement like small thinking. Nothing equals possibilities like unleashed thinking.
William Arthur Ward

You are the person who has to decide. Whether you’ll do it or toss it aside; you are the person who makes up your mind. Whether you’ll lead or will linger behind. Whether you’ll try for the goal that’s afar. Or just be contented to stay where you are.
Edgar A. Guest

The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.
Barbara Sher

The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.
Benjamin Disraeli

Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.
Honore de Balzac

In this world a man must either be an anvil or hammer.
Henry W. Longfellow

The purpose of Life is not to reach the end in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming WOW, what a ride!.
Peter Sage

Leadership development is about helping people grow, and if I can get people as individuals growing, then I’ve got a company that grows.
James McNerney

No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself.
William Penn