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100 Powerful Leadership Quotes for Entrepreneurs

Leaders are leaders for a reason. They get to lead the rest of the world with their strong and meaningful words, and practical actions.

In our previous article, we shared 100 business quotes. Today we are here with a compilation of 100 leadership quotes from famous personalities to help you get on top of the line.
Leaders inspire many of us with their profound and knowledgeable words. We browse the internet every day, either for a laugh or with the hope of learning something beneficial. We hope to learn from the leaders who existed today and then. Influential people hold a lot of power and a lot of experience which is why their words mold us in one way or another as well.

 

Let each leadership quote empower you, help you, and inspire you to be the best version of yourself!

 

1- James Humes

“Every time you have to speak, you are auditioning for leadership.”

2- Woodrow Wilson

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” 

3- M.D. Arnold

“A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them.”

4- Margaret Thatcher

“Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.”

5- Ronald Reagan

“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.”

6-Douglas MacArthur

“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.” 

7- Lao Tzu

“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.” 

8-Sir Winston Churchill

“The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.”

9-Aristotle

“He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.”

10- Brian Tracy

“Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.”

11- Mahatma Gandhi

“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”

12-Ralph Nader

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

13- Ernest Hemingway

“When people talk, listen completely.”

14- Edward Rickenbacker

“I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through–then follow through.”

15- Peter Drucker

“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.”

16- Arnold Glasow

“One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.”

17-Publilius Syrus

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

18- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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

19-Theodore Roosevelt

“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.”

20- DeSeaux

“The important thing is this: to be able to give up in any given moment all that we are for what we can become.” 

Leaders are made with experience and they start gaining fame and followers after the people have assessed them in the difficult time. To lead is to learn from your past and amend the applied ways for a better future. Leadership quotes by women and men, both teach us things that enable us to help others in the community. 

21- Lolly Daskal 

“The most effective way to lead is to lead from within.”

22- Leroy Eimes

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

23- Abraham Lincoln

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

24- George S. Patton Jr.

“Don’t tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”

25- Myles Munroe

“Great leaders do not desire to lead but to serve”

26- Jim Rohn

“If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself.”

27- Winston Churchill

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

28- Jack Welch

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

29- Bill Gates

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

30-Robin S. Sharma

Leadership is not a popularity contest; it’s about leaving your ego at the door. The name of the game is to lead without a title.“

 

 

31- Andrew Carnegie

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

32- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“For the success of any mission, it is necessary to have creative leadership. Creative leadership is vital for government, non-governmental organizations as well as industries.”

33- J. Donald Walters

“Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance.”

34- Nelson Mandela

“A real leader uses every issue, no matter how serious and sensitive, to ensure that at the end of the debate, we should emerge stronger and more united than ever before.”

35- Roy T. Bennett

“Great leaders can see the greatness in others when they can’t see it themselves and lead them to their highest potential they don’t even know.”

36- John F. Kennedy

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

37- Colin Powell

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or conclude you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”

38-Peter F. Drucker

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes.”

39- Dwight D. Eisenhower

“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.”

40- Brian Tracy.

Integrity is the most valuable and respected quality of leadership. Always keep your word.”

Leadership is all about what you do to make others’ lives better. It’s about teaching them to be better while you as a leader hold a character of high morals too. Leaders care about the well-being of their followers and most importantly, leaders work to produce more leaders. 

41- Abraham Lincoln

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

42- Max DePree

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

43- John Buchan

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

44- John Kenneth Galbraith

“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.”

45- Stephen Covey

“Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.”

46- Dianne Feinstein

“Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.”

47- Friedrich Nietzsche

“To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.”

48- Orrin Woodward

“Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar.”

49- Carlos Ghosn

“The role of leadership is to transform the complex situation into small pieces and prioritize them.”

50- Jeanette Rankin

“You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go.”

51- Vince Lombardi

“Leaders are made; they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price that all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”

52- Steve Jobs

“Management is about persuading people to do things they do not want to do, while leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could.”

53- Jeff Bezos

“You have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate.”

54- Oprah Winfrey

“Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.”

55- Tony Blair

“The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.”

56- Alan Mulally

“Leadership is having a compelling vision, a comprehensive plan, relentless implementation, and talented people working together.”

57- Sam Walton

“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.”

58- Ben Carson

“I think one of the keys to leadership is recognizing that everybody has gifts and talents. A good leader will learn how to harness those gifts toward the same goal.”

59- John C. Maxwell

“We cannot lead anyone farther than we have been ourselves.”

60- Buddha

“Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart to give yourself to it.”

 

 

These are all famous leadership quotes by all the famous leaders in the world who believe in being themselves and paving a path for others to express themselves to make the world a better place. It is easy to say yes to everything in order to be liked. But in order to be a leader, you will definitely make enemies on your way. Abraham Lincoln quotes on leadership show us how power can easily manipulate a man or perhaps reveal his true personality. Hence, suggesting to determine a man’s character by giving him power. 

61- Napoleon Bonaparte

“A leader is a dealer in hope.“

62- John Maxwell

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

63- General Montgomery

“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.”

64- Peter Drucker

“Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.”

65- Margaret Mead

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”

66- Sir Winston Churchill

“The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.”

67- Warren Bennis

“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.”

68- Andre Malraux

“To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.”

69- Aristotle

“He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.”

70- Brian Tracy

“Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.“

71- Peter Drucker

“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.”

72- Publilius Syrus

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

73- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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

74- Theodore Roosevelt

“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.”

75- Ken Kesey

“You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.”

76- Harry S. Truman

“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.”

77- John Maxwell

“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.”

78- Reverend Theodore Hesburgh

“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.”

79- Polybius

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

80-Rosalynn Carter

“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.”

Leadership comes from within, from willingness to lead towards a better tomorrow, towards peace. 

81- Wendell Willkie

“Education is the mother of leadership.”

82- Seneca

“He who has great power should use it lightly.”

83- Solon

“He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.”

84- Herbert Swope

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.”

85- Maya Angelou

“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.”

86- Benjamin Franklin

“If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.”

87- John Quincy Adams

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

88- Ross Perot

“Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be led.”

89- Vince Lombardi

“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.”

90- Norman Schwarzkopf

“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”

 

 

91- Colin Powell

“Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”

92- Bill Owens

“True leadership lies in guiding others to success. In ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well.”

93- John J Pershing

“A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.”

94- Fuchan Yuan

“There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage.”

95- Dee Dee Myers

“I am endlessly fascinated that playing football is considered a training ground for leadership, but raising children isn’t.”

96- Dwight Eisenhower

“The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.”

97- Dwight Eisenhower

“You don’t lead by hitting people over the head—that’s assault, not leadership.”

98- Michael Jordan

 “Earn your leadership every day.”

99- Jim Rohn

“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.”

100- Sam Walton

“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.”

FAQs

Q1- Who is a true leader?

A true leader not only manages others but encourages them to be their best self. A true leader motivates everyone around them to reach their highest potential and do their best for the best of their society/organization.

Q2- What is a leadership motto?

A Leadership motto can be defined as; “a short sentence or phrase that expresses a rule guiding the behavior of a particular person or group.”

Q3- What is modern leadership?

Modern leadership consists of exchanging information, gaining trust, and encouraging the idea of inclusion and belonging. Modern leaders put out most of their energy into their team member’s wellbeing, success, life goals, and accomplishments. 

Q4- Are leaders born or made?

According to recent scientific studies, 30% of leadership is inherited through genetics while the rest of the 70% can be learned. In conclusion, leaders are made and not born. However, looking at the bigger picture, leaders are made but they are also born with leadership qualities and all they need to do is hone their skills to be better leaders. 

 

 

 

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