Leadership Sayings and Quotes

Being a leader requires a special set of skills. Leaders must be able to motivate as well as direct. This is easier said than done. Let the wise and insightful leadership quotes below to inspire you to be the boss


Good leaders organize and align people around what the team needs to do. Great leaders motivate and inspire people with why they're doing it. That's purpose. And that's the key to achieving something truly transformational.      

Marillyn Hewson

Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader.     

Indra Nooyi

Leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes.      

Margaret Wheatley

Leadership is something that is learned. It can be learned and should be learned. Leadership is something you're always honing and learning and reflecting to see ways you could have been better at it. Anyone who thinks they're a natural leader is probably horrible to work with.      

Rachel Sklar

I want every little girl who's told she is bossy to be told she has leadership skills.      

Sheryl Sandburg

Lead from the front; don't push from the rear.      

Frances Hesselbein

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.      

Lao Tzu

I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?      

Benjamin Disraeli

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.     

Arnold Glasow

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.      

Max Depree

Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.      

General George Patton

Unbounded courage and compassion join'd, / Tempering each other in the victor's mind, / Alternately proclaim him good and great, / And make the hero and the man complete.      

Joseph Addison

Leadership is leading from the front, saying what needs to be done, doing what needs to be done, inspiring your followers, and persuading your critics.      

Richard L. Reece

The six essential leadership attributes: set high standards; live your standards and mentor those who follow; create and share a vision; make the hard choices when necessary; be visible and outfront; and instill hope in those who follow.      

John Di Frances

Again and again, an enlightened and strong-willed individual has pushed against the prevailing trends and the prevailing wisdom to perform an act of courage that changed history.     

Paul Johnson

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.      

Theodore Roosevelt

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.     

Theodore Roosevelt

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

James Buchanan

Take the ideas of the masses and concentrate them, then go to the masses, persevere in the ideas and carry them through, so as to form correct ideas of leadership—such is the basic method of leadership.     

Mao Zedong

Leadership means making people feel good.      

Jean Chrétien

Connect before you collaborate. Listen before you lead. Partner before you persuade.     

Jo Miller

Leadership includes being able to confidently convey your message and the ability to confidently convey who you are.     

Monica L. Wofford