ᐅ Powerful Leadership Quotes for Students, Work, Humble

A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions

"A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent." --Douglas MacArthur

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

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. —Jim Rohn

A great leader's courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position. —John Maxwell

A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible. —Polybius

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. —Kenneth Blanchard

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It's got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet. —Reverend Theodore Hesburgh

So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work. —Peter Drucker

People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision

"People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision." --John C. Maxwell

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. —Harry S. Truman

When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out. —Napoleon Bonaparte

You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case. —Ken Kesey

Leadership is influence. —John C. Maxwell

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

A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.

"A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together." --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm

“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.” - Publilius Syrus

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership

"Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes." --Peter F. Drucker

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders

“I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” —Ralph Nader

He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. —Aristotle

To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less. —Andre Malraux

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. —Warren Bennis

The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground. —Sir Winston Churchill

My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence. —General Montgomery

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

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

You don’t need a title to be a leader. –Multiple Attributions

Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. — General George Patton

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” - Warren Bennis

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

I must follow the people. Am I not their leader? —Benjamin Disraeli

Where there is no vision, the people perish. —Proverbs 29:18

“You manage things; you lead people.

“You manage things; you lead people.” - Grace Hopper

“You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That’s assault, not leadership.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhowe

“If you think you are leading and turn around to see no one following, then you are just taking a walk.” – Benjamin Hooks

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

“In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” – President Harry Truman

“The led must not be compelled. They must be able to choose their own leader.” – Albert Einstein

Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob.” – Oscar Wilde

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” – Jim Rohn

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” – Gen. George S. Patton

Make sure you’re not just waiting for someone else to fix things, or hoping that things will improve … Figure out what’s going on and make a plan to improve things.” – Kenneth W. Thomas

“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it

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

“Earn your leadership every day.”

“Earn your leadership every day.” – Michael Jordan

“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” – Henry Kissinger

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.” – Walter Lippmann

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

“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” – Arnold Glasow

“To lead people, walk beside them. As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence … When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!’” – Lao Tzu

Leadership is the capacity to transform vision into reality.” – Warren G. Bennis

What you do has far greater impact than what you say.” — Stephen Covey

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.” – President Theodore Roosevelt

“Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy.” – U.S. Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf

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

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch

Always do right. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” – Mark Twain

“A leader is a dealer in hope.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things

“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

“The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.” – George Orwell

“In the simplest terms, a leader is one who knows where he wants to go, and gets up and goes.” – John Erskine

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – President John Quincy Adams

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where

“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

“A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see

“A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others see.” – Leroy Eimes

"Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50 percent of your time in leading yourself--your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20 percent leading those with authority over you and 15 percent leading your peers." --Dee Hock

“No leader sets out to be a leader. People set out to live their lives, expressing themselves fully. When that expression is of value, they become leaders. So the point is not to become a leader. The point is to become yourself, to use yourself completely – all your skills, gifts and energies – in order to make your vision manifest. You must withhold nothing. You must, in sum, become the person you started out to be, and to enjoy the process of becoming.” - Warren Bennis

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