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Leadership Quotes

Leader is someone whom others follow. Leadership quality helps a person not only lead his/her society, but also govern himself. It makes a person different from others, in that he does not follow anyone, and provides him an attitude to shape the people around him. The simplest way to know the qualities that make a leader is by going through the leadership quotes by eminent people of the world. In the following lines, we provided a number of such quotations. Go through these famous sayings and know about the persona that a good leader should have.

Peter Drucker

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

Warren G. Bennis

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

Henry Ford

If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.

Tony Blair

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

David Lloyd George

Don't be afraid to take a big step when one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small steps.

Thomas Jefferson

I think with the Romans, that the general of today should be a soldier tomorrow if necessary.

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.

John D. Rockefeller

Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.

Andrew Carnegie

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

Henry Ward Beecher

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.

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.

George Washington Carver

Where there is no vision, there is no hope.

Peter Drucker

Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.

Warren G. Bennis

Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard.

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Laurence J. Peter

Lead, follow, or get out of the way.

Thomas Paine

Lead, follow, or get out of the way.

Napoleon Bonaparte

A leader is a dealer in hope.

Peter Drucker

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

Henry Miller

The real leader has no need to lead - he is content to point the way.

George Carlin

I have as much authority as the Pope, I just don't have as many people who believe it.

Nelson Mandela

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.

Andrew Carnegie

The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.

Henry Ford

Don't find fault, find a remedy.

Adolf Hitler

The art of leadership... consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention.

Lao Tzu

When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves.'

Golda Meir

A leader who doesn't hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.

John F. Kennedy

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

Peter Drucker

No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.

Albert Schweitzer

Example is leadership.

Warren G. Bennis

One of the best teaching experiences Ed Schein and I had when we were teaching at MIT in the 1960s was inventing a course on leadership through film.

Napoleon Bonaparte

A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.

Warren G. Bennis

Leadership has become a heavy industry. Concern and interest about leadership development is no longer an American phenomenon. It is truly global. Though I will probably be in less demand, I wanted to move on.

Sun Tzu

He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.

William James

If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.

Woodrow Wilson

Absolute identity with one's cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership.

Michel de Montaigne

No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port.

We in the United States believe in the protection of minorities; we recognize the contributions that they can make and the leadership that they can provide; and we do not believe that any people - whether majority or minority, or individual human beings - are 'expendable' in the cause of theory or of policy.

Eric Hoffer

Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership.

William James

If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.

Lee Iacocca

I forgot to shake hands and be friendly. It was an important lesson about leadership.


The cautious seldom err.

Mahatma Gandhi

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

I speak directly to the people, and I know that the people of California want to have better leadership. They want to have great leadership. They want to have somebody that will represent them. And it doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican, young or old.

Lao Tzu

Be the chief but never the lord.

Gloria Steinem

Clearly no one knows what leadership has gone undiscovered in women of all races, and in black and other minority men.

In government, our chief executives have been lawyers. The great majority of our cabinets and congresses are and have been men trained in the law. They have provided the leadership and the statecraft and the store of strength when it was needed.

The farewell between Hitler and Mussolini at the station was very affectionate. Both men were moved.