369 Greatest Quotes About Leadership

Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat. Jean-Paul Sartre
Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship. Benjamin Franklin
Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong. Abraham Lincoln
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. Peter Drucker
Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off. Colin Powell
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
A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation. Mark Twain
You don't know what you can get away with until you try. Colin Powell
You fail all the time, but you aren't a failure until you start blaming someone else. Bum Phillips
I urge the Iraqi leadership for sake of its own people... to seize this opportunity and thereby begin to end the isolation and suffering of the Iraqi people. Kofi Annan
First, there is no typical grief cycle, and second, it's not something I went through. I'm still grieving. Tony Dungy
If you want a quality, act as if you already had it. William James
In the worst of times the best among us never lose their moral compass, and that is how they emerge relatively unscathed. Henry Rollins
The first step in calculating which way to go is to find out where you are. Margaret Thatcher
[President Obama] made so many promises. We thought that he was going to be -- I shouldn't say this at Christmastime -- but the next messiah. Barbara Walters
In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. Yogi Berra
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. Carl Jung
I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things. Mother Teresa
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. Steve Jobs
If you look after your staff, they'll look after your customers. It's that simple. Richard Branson
I never saw myself as an individual who had any particular leadership powers. Angela Davis
A functioning, robust democracy requires a healthy educated, participatory followership, and an educated, morally grounded leadership. Chinua Achebe
Power is like being a lady... if you have to tell people you are, you aren't. Margaret Thatcher
The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been. Henry Kissinger
What you do has far greater impact than what you say. Stephen Covey
None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful. Mother Teresa
When you are right,you have no need to be angry. When you are wrong, you have no right to be angry. Mahatma Gandhi
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it. Andrew Carnegie
He who makes no mistakes makes no progress. Theodore Roosevelt
I used to say, "Go boldly in among the English," and then I used to go boldly in myself. Joan of Arc
If you want to be great and successful, choose people who are great and successful and walk side by side with them. Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are two kinds of stones, as everyone knows, one of which rolls. Amelia Earhart
To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. Eleanor Roosevelt
Don't follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you. Margaret Thatcher
Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. Hilary Duff
The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water. Sigmund Freud
The problem with doing nothing is not knowing when you're finished. Benjamin Franklin
Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don't want to. Richard Branson
I think leadership is not something you learn; it's something you discover. Myles Munroe
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. Nelson Mandela
The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know. Napoleon Bonaparte
So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work. Peter Drucker
Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don't believe is right. Jane Goodall
Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front. Nelson Mandela
He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader. Aristotle