Leadership Sayings and Quotes

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

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.     

Andrew Carnegie

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.

Max Lucado

To lead people, walk behind them.

Lao Tzu

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.

Publilus Syrus

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

Warren Bennis

Leadership and learning are indispensable to one another.     

John F. Kennedy

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.

Steve Jobs

Don't find fault, find a remedy.

Henry Ford

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.     

Ray Kroc

Lead, follow, or get out of the way.

Thomas Pane

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

Adlai Stevenson II

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

Robert Louis Stevenson

A man can only lead when others accept him as their leader, and he has only as much authority as his subjects give to him. All of the brilliant ideas in the world cannot save your kingdom if no one will listen to them.

Brandon Sanderson

He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.


If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see.

Henry David Thoreau

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Harold McAlindon

Learn to see things backwards, inside out, and upside down.     

John Heider

The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.     

Tony Blair

Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise.     

Woodrow Wilson

The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.

John Buchan