35 Greatest Leadership Quotes of All-Time from the World’s Greatest Leaders

Leadership Quotes —                                        Greatest Leadership Quotes of all-time

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change” — Charles Darwin

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.” — Abraham Lincoln

“Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.”  — Abraham Lincoln

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” — Peter F. Drucker
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” — John C. Maxwell

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

“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

“It is a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead — and find no one there.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.” —Andrew Carnegie

“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” – George S. Patton

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” — Nelson Mandela

“All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.” — John Kenneth Galbraith

“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.” — Warren G. Bennis

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

“Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.” — Tom Peters

“The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”  — William James

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” — Abraham Lincoln

“Followers who tell the truth, and leaders who listen to it, are an unbeatable combination.” — Warren Bennis

“Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Sometimes, I think my most important job as a CEO is to listen for bad news. If you don’t act on it, your people will eventually stop bringing bad news to your attention and that is the beginning of the end.” – Bill Gates

“Kindness is more powerful than compulsion.” – Charles Schwab

“Cowards die many times before their death. The valiant never taste death but once.” — William Shakespeare

“The ability to deal with people is as purchasable as a commodity as sugar or coffee and I will pay more for that ability than for any other thing under the sun.” – John D. Rockefeller

“Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy

“It takes character and control to be understanding and forgiving.” – Dale Carnegie

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and only five Minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you will do things differently.” – Warren Buffett

“Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” — Bernard Baruch

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar

“Leadership is the lifting of a man’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a man’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a man’s personality beyond its normal limitations.” – Peter F. Drucker

“The best leaders are the best note-takers, best askers and best learners – They are shameless thieves” — Tom Peters

“The only test of leadership is that somebody follows.” — Robert K. Greenleaf

What is the key to success?  – “Never . . . Never . . . Never . . . Never Give Up” — Winston Churchill

 There you have it, the quotes that still inspire, said by some of the greatest leaders of all-time. “There is a leader in all of us. To release your inner leadership strength, there has to be a need and an opportunity. There is always an opportunity to be the leader of your life, and the role of leader is not reserved for legends. These quotes come from individuals like us, who were once babies, received nurture, mentoring, and an opportunity that fulfilled an inner desire that propelled them to leadership lore. These are the leaders that are well-known and have left a legacy through words and stories. Other great leaders are unsung by society and leave an ever-lasting impact through the people they have touched. Our mothers, fathers, and the sacrifices embraced by our unnamed ancestors have blazed the path that we travel today. We lead with our actions and that creates the environment of tomorrow. We all take responsiblity and we all take the blame…we are all leaders.”

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