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

Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right.     

Henry Ford

The art of communication is the language of leadership.     

James Humes

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.     

Mother Teresa

Fit no stereotypes. Don't chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team's mission.     

Colin Powell

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.     

Les Brown

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.     

Peter Drucker

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.     

John F. Kennedy

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.     

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.     

Napoleon Hill

The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones.     

Brandon Sanderson

Never let your ego get so close to your position that when your position goes, your ego goes with it.     

Colin Powell

Never neglect details. When everyone's mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant.     

Colin Powell

If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more. If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough.     

Oprah Winfrey

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

Do or do not. There is no try.     


Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.     

Albert Schweitzer

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.     

Maya Angelou

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

John Quincy Adams

I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.     

Jimmy Dean