Famous Leadership Quotes

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The following quotes are an inspiring blend from successful leaders in a variety of fields. Whether it be the military, a business, or a household; being an effective leader is important and will impact those around you. Learn from the best.

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If your actions inspire others to dream more,
learn more, do more and become more,
you are a leader.
-John Quincy Adams

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
-John F. Kennedy

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude;
be kind, but not weak;
be bold, but not bully;
be thoughtful, but not lazy;
be humble, but not timid;
be proud, but not arrogant;
have humor, but without folly.
-Jim Rohn

Management is doing things right;
leadership is doing the right things.
-Peter F. Drucker

The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people,
but to elicit it,
for the greatness is there already.
-John Buchan

He that cannot obey, cannot command.
-Benjamin Franklin

A leader leads by example,
whether he intends to or not.
-John Quincy Adams

The key to successful leadership today is influence,
not authority.
-Kenneth Blanchard

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us
to be what we know we could be.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers,
who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt
to offer a solution everybody can understand.
-General Colin Powell

A good leader inspires people
to have confidence in the leader,
a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

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

It is the nature of man to rise to greatness
if greatness is expected of him.
-John Steinbeck

No executive has ever suffered
because his subordinates were strong and effective.
-Peter Drucker

Outstanding leaders go out of the way
to boost the self-esteem of their personnel.
If people believe in themselves,
it's amazing what they can accomplish.
-Sam Walton

Never tell people how to do things.
Tell them what to do
and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
-Gen. George S. Patton

A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops,
while on the contrary
an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.
-Gen. John J. Pershing

Example is not the main thing in influencing others,
it is the only thing.
-Albert Schweitzer

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

A leader is best when people barely know that he exists.

When things go wrong in your command,
start searching for the reason in increasingly large circles
around your own desk.
-Gen. Bruce Clarke

I cannot trust a man to control others
who cannot control himself.
-Gen. Robert E. Lee

A leader is a dealer in hope.
-Napoleon Bonaparte

The ability to deal with people
is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee
and I will pay more for that ability
than for any other under the sun.
-John D. Rockefeller

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