Inspirational Leadership Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old inspirational leadership quotes, inspirational leadership sayings, and inspirational leadership proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Colin Powell

Don't be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own backyard.     

Colin Powell

Let the improvement of yourself keep you so busy that you have no time to criticize others.     

Roy T. Bennett

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.     

Warren Bennis

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.     

John C. Maxwell

Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.     

George Patton

Don't follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.     

Margaret Thatcher

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.     

Nancy D. Solomon

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.     

Jack Welch

A leader is a dealer in hope.     

Napoleon Bonaparte

It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.     

Adlai E. Stevenson Ii

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.     

Robert Louis Stevenson

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.     

Vince Lombardi

Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.     

John C. Maxwell

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.     

Theodore Roosevelt

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.     

John C. Maxwell

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'm possible!     

Audrey Hepburn

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.     

Alexander The Great

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.     

Steve Jobs

It's only after you've stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.     

Roy T. Bennett

Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.     

Max De Pree

Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing.     

Colin Powell

A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.     

Rosalynn Carter

Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.     

John F. Kennedy

Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.     

Colin Powell

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 Reagan

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.     

William Arthur Ward