45 Exceptional Quotes Every Leader Should Read

45 Exceptional Quotes Every Leader Should Read

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45 Exceptional Quotes Every Leader Should Read

“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” – John Maxwell

“The ruler attains wholeness in the correct governance of the people.” – Lao Tzu

“I don’t see myself being special; I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to me to do things for them, to have answers.” – Tupac Shakur

“There is too much negativity in the world. Do your best to make sure you aren’t contributing to it.” – Germany Kent

“There’s more rewards in leading the crowd, than pleasing it.” – T.F. Hodge

“Good coaches tell you where the fish are, great coaches teach you how to find them.” – Kobe Bryant

“Fortune crowns the bold before the worthy.” – Agona Apell

“A leader. . .is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.” – Nelson Mandela

“If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system. That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.” – Marie Lu

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

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” – Harry S Truman

“Yes, in all my research, the greatest leaders looked inward and were able to tell a good story with authenticity and passion.” – Deepak Chopra

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Regan

“Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.” – John F. Kennedy

“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.” – Roy T. Bennet

45 Exceptional Quotes Every Leader Should Read

“I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.” – Rosa Parks

“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” – Steve Jobs

“He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.” – Aristotle

“When you feel that others are lacking and failing …. first assess the skill, style, quality, results, mindset, support, professionalism and spirit with which you yourself play the game.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru

“Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.” – Margaret Thatcher

“If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.” – Dr. Roopleen

“Real men don’t dance to other people’s tune, instead, they play for others to dance.” – Michael Bassey Johnson

“We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.” – Whoopi Goldberg

“Leadership, on the other hand, is about creating change you believe in.” – Seth Godin

“He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.” – Machiavelli

“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” – Dolly Parton

“A sign of power in a man is not only when people follow what he suggests, but also when people make a conscious effort to do the exact opposite of what he suggests.” – Criss Jami

“I conceive a knowledge of books is the basis upon which other knowledge is to be built.” – George Washington


“The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority.” – Ken Blanchard

“He said, one time, that no true leader burdened his followers with a greater load than they could carry, and no true leader sets too fast a pace for his follows to keep up.” – Malcolm X

“Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.” – Colin Powell

“Men who find themselves late are never sure. They are all the things the civics books tell us the good citizen should be: partisans but never zealots, respectors of the facts which attend each situation but never benders of those facts, uncomfortable in positions of leadership but rarely unable to turn down a responsibility once it has been offered . . . or thrust upon them. They make the best leaders in a democracy because they are unlikely to fall in love with power.” – Stephen King

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” – John C. Maxwell

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

“Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Where there is no integrity, there is no unity.” – Richie Norton

“There are mentors who have the job of forming flocks and leading flocks in a flight pattern. That’s good. But then there are mentors who have the job of training eagles how to soar alone. I am the eagle mentor. I’m not here to mentor you on how to fly in a flock; I am here to call out the eagles amongst you and encourage them on their destiny to soar high alone. This is my job, this is my calling.” – C. Joybell C.

“Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way.” – Ronald Reagan

“Be the start of something that is good, revolutionary and powerful. Everything after that is a bonus!” – Carlos Wallace

“Real leadership is being the person others will gladly and confidently follow.” – John C. Maxwell

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that’s assault, not leadership.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.” – J.K. Rowling