Leaders Sayings and Quotes

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


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

Sam Walton

Leaders aren't born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.     

Vince Lombardi

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

John C. Maxwell

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

Colin Powell

Great leaders have a heart for people. They take time for people. They view people as the bottom line, not as a tool to get to the bottom line.     

Pat Williams

Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there.     

John P. Kotter

Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel.     

Che Guevara

Great leaders communicate a vision that captures the imagination and fires the hearts and minds of those around them.     

Joseph B. Wirthlin

Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders.     

Tom Peters

Great leaders don't need to act tough. Their confidence and humility serve to underscore their toughness.     

Simon Sinek

Good leaders need a positive agenda, not just an agenda of dealing with crisis.     

Michael Porter

Leaders keep their eyes on the horizon, not just on the bottom line.     

Warren Bennis

Leaders understand that the real fight is the fight against time. There's so much to achieve in such less time.     

Robin S. Sharma

When leaders take back power, when they act as heroes and saviors, they end up exhausted, overwhelmed, and deeply stressed.     

Margaret J. Wheatley

Leaders lead but in the end it's the people who deliver.     

Tony Blair

Leaders understand the ultimate power of relationships.     

Tom Peters

Very few of the great leaders ever get through their careers without failing, sometimes dramatically.     

Philip Crosby

Good leaders must communicate vision clearly, creatively, and continually. However, the vision doesn't come alive until the leader models it.     

John C. Maxwell

Average leaders inspire people to punch a time clock. Great leaders inspire industry and passion.     

Joseph B. Wirthlin

Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them.     

Robert Jarvik

The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.     

Charles De Gaulle

Leaders know the importance of having someone in their lives who will unfailingly and fearlessly tell them the truth.     

Warren G. Bennis

Good leaders must first become good servants.     

Robert Greenleaf

The best leaders... almost without exception and at every level, are master users of stories and symbols.     

Tom Peters

Leaders get out in front and stay there by raising the standards by which they judge themselves - and by which they are willing to be judged.     

Frederick W. Smith

Leaders should lead as far as they can and then vanish. Their ashes should not choke the fire they have lit.     

H. G. Wells

Only a few good leaders have paused to reflect seriously on being leaders.     

P. J. O'Rourke

Leaders are responsible not for running public opinion polls but for the consequences of their actions.     

Henry Kissinger

Leaders must wake people out of inertia. They must get people excited about something they've never seen before, something that does not yet exist.     

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Leaders lead. They don't divide; they don't create a climate that is poisonous.     

Jeb Bush