15 Leadership Quotes From Star Wars For Star Wars Day

A Reel Leadership Article

Star Wars Day is approaching at lightspeed. On May 4th, Star Wars fans will celebrate Star Wars Day. The holiday originated as a pun on May The Force Be With You and falls on May 4th because May the 4th and May The Force sound similar.

As such, I thought the upcoming Star Wars Day would be a great time to share these inspiring leadership quotes from Star Wars.

Star Wars leadership quotes

Throughout the Star Wars universe, there have been amazing quotes that can be applied to leadership. In today’s article, we’re going to dive into the leadership quotes from Star Wars.

Leadership Quotes From Star Wars

  1. Qui-Gon Jinn

    The ability to speak does not make you intelligent.

    The ability to speak does not make you intelligent quote Qui-Gon Jinn Star Wars
    I’ve run across leaders, and you have too, who believe speaking is a sign of their intelligence. You’ve probably also seen these same leaders fail to clearly communicate their directives.

    Be wary of judging your intelligence by your ability to speak well. There’s more to your intelligence than your words.

  2. Han Solo

    Great kid. Don’t get cocky.

    Great kid. Don't get cocky Han Solo quote Star Wars
    We can’t let our successes make us cocky. You can be successful and stay humble.

  3. Yoda

    Do. Or do not. There is no try.

    Do or do not there is no try Yoda Star Wars quote
    Yoda’s quote
    on getting things done has to be one of my favorite leadership quotes from Star Wars. He lays out the truth plainly.

    We either do or we do not. There is no in-between.

  4. Yoda

    Fear is the path to the dark side.

    Fear is the path to the dark side Yoda Star Wars quote
    There’s a lot of leadership wisdom in this quote. When we allow fear into our lives, we begin to make bad decisions.

    Step back from fear. Analyze the situation with a rational mind. Then move forward.

  5. Obi-Wan Kenobi

    In my experience there is no such thing as luck.

    There is no such thing as luck Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars quote
    Too many people are waiting for luck to strike. Luck doesn’t happen by chance.

    I think Seneca said it best – Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

    Prepare. Work hard. Find the opportunity. Then you will have luck.

  6. Qui-Gon Jinn

    Your focus determines your reality.

    Your focus determines your reality Star Wars quote Qui-Gon Jinn
    What we focus on tends to determine how we view our current situation. Get your focus on the right things and your reality will change.

  7. Queen Padme Amidala

    Anakin, you’re breaking my heart! And you’re going down a path I cannot follow!

    you're breaking my heart you're going down a path i cannot follow Queen Padme Star Wars quote
    As Anakin is making his way towards the Dark Side of the Force, his love tries to tell him he’s on a path she cannot follow.

    If you make the wrong choices, those you love and care about will not be able to follow you. You’re going to leave a path of destruction in your wake.

    Listen to those you care about. When they raise objections, consider their pleas. It may save the legacy of your leadership.

  8. Obi-Wan Kenobi

    Be mindful of your thoughts, Anakin. They will betray you.

    Be mindful of your thoughts Star Wars Quote Obi-Wan Kenobi
    We can believe that our thoughts are true. Many times they will not. Your thoughts will betray you.

    Keep this in mind as you make decisions based on your thoughts. Are they true? Are they just?

    Knowing this will help you make better decisions.

  9. Princess Leia Organa

    Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.”

    Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope Princess Leia Organa Star Wars quote
    Great leaders know they can’t do leadership alone. They’re willing to ask for help.

  10. Jyn Erso

    Trust goes both ways

    Jyn Erso quote Trust goes both ways Star Wars
    We can’t expect our teams to trust us if we don’t trust our teams. Help make trust a two-way street.

  11. Finn Calrissian (Rumored last name)

    I made a choice

    Star Wars I made a choice Finn Calrissian quote
    Leaders make choices. Then leaders own their choices.

  12. Maz Kanata

    The longing you seek is not behind you. It is in front of you.

    The long you seek is not behind you quote Maz Kanata quote Star Wars
    Wow, this quote from Star Wars character Maz really impacted me. I keep a lot of reminders of my past because I fall into the trap of believing those were my best days.

    I even kept an ugly couch around for much longer than I needed to.

    What do you need to shift your focus from in the past to what is right in front of you?

  13. Hera Syndulla

    If all you do is fight for your own life, then your life is worth nothing.

    If all you do is fight for your own life Star Wars quote Hera Syndulla
    In the end, leadership is about the people you lead. It’s not about you and your needs.

    Lead in such a way that you leave the lives of others better than you found them.

  14. Luke Skywalker

    Let go of your hate.

    Leadership quote from Star Wars Luke Skywalker
    Hate will get you nowhere in leadership. Lead with love.

  15. Han Solo

    Chewy, we’re home

    Chewy, we're home Han Solo Star Wars quote
    Know where home is. Home is not your office or the business. Home includes people.

    Don’t forget your family and where you’re from.

Question: What’s your favorite leadership quote from Star Wars? Share yours in the comment section below.

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