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20 Quotes About Leadership


Some days you just need a little motivation, a little extra encouragement from people who have been there before. Nobody knows leadership better than the likes of Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, and Henry Ford. We’re here to help give you that needed “oomph” from some of the world’s top leaders in history.

  1. “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”
    -Sheryl Sandberg
  2. “Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.”
    -Bill Bradley
  3. “The x-factor of great leadership is not personality, it’s humility.”
    -Jim Collins
  4. “Lead from the back- and let others believe they are in front.”
    -Nelson Mandela
  5. “People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.”
    -John Maxwell
  6. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
    -Benjamin Franklin
  7. “The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.”
    -John Wooden
  8. “You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.”
    -Mother Teresa
  9. “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”
    -Winston Churchill
  10. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
    -Maya Angelou
  11. “Treat employees like they make a difference and they will.”
    -Jim Goodnight
  12. “Being a leader is not about you. It’s about the people that are on your team and how you can help them be successful.”
    -Susan Vobejda
  13. “You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.”
    -Henry Ford
  14. “It is not fair to ask others what you are unwilling to do yourself.”
    -Elenor Roosevelt
  15. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”
    -John Quincy Adams
  16. “Mountaintops inspire leaders but valleys mature them.”
    -Winston Churchill
  17. “We rise by lifting others.”
    -Robert Ingersoli
  18. “Leadership is action, not position.”
    -Donald H. McGannon
  19. “A leader is someone who demonstrates what’s possible.”
    -Mark Yarnell

And last but not least…

  1. “Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation.”
    -William Arthur Wood


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