30 Leadership Quotes that Will Inspire You

30 Leadership Quotes that Will Inspire You

By Amanda Cross

As a leader, you have a lot on your plate. You must keep yourself motivated to do your best work and you also have to empower the people on your team to do the same.

Today we are sharing 30 quotes about leadership that will inspire you to go above and beyond, do amazing things, and tackle all your leadership goals.

Even leaders need motivation:

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.”Albert Schweitzer
“Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.” John C. Maxwell
“I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” Ginni Rometty
“Leadership is an action, not a position.” Donald McGannon
“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.” Publilius Syrus
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson
“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” Sara Blakely
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” John Maxwell
“Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.” Brian Tracy
“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence, and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” Sheryl Sandberg
“The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.” Tony Blair
“We need to accept that we don’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes. Understand that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” Arianna Huffington
“The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.” Eric Hoffer
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right—for you’ll be criticized anyway.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” Anne Sweeney
“The quality of a leader is reflected by the standards they set for themselves.” Ray Kroc
“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.” Harold S. Geneen
“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” Arnold H. Glasow
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” John F. Kennedy
“You can waste your life drawing lines. Or you can live life crossing them.” Shonda Rhimes
“Leadership is not about the next election; it’s about the next generation.” Simon Sinek
“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” Coco Chanel
“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“When you feel copied, remember that people can only go where you have already been, they have no idea where you are going next.” Liz Lange
“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.” Andrew Carnegie
“Everyone shines, given the right lighting.” Susan Cain
“Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.” J.P. Morgan
“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” Ralph Nader
“Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.” Harper Lee

There is not just one way to be a leader. Leaders are diverse, and if every one of them were the same, that wouldn’t be very interesting.

So: get outside of your comfort zone, work beside your team instead of in front of them, and strive to learn something new every day.

As a leader, you are only as strong as the team that you build, teach, and empower.


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