In today’s fast-paced business world, it’s easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day and lose sight of the big picture.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 50 inspiring leadership quotes to help you stay motivated and focused on what’s important. No matter what industry you’re in or what position you hold, these quotes will remind you of the power of good leadership and its impact on both individuals and organizations.
50 Leadership Quotes To Inspire You Today
Communication is the most important skill any leader can possess.
If you want to build something great, you should focus on what the change is that you want to make in the world.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
-John Quincy Adams
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
-Martin Luther King Jr.
Trust is the essence of leadership.
Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.
Each group and each youngster is different. As a leader or coach, you get to know what they need.
I cannot do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do.
The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.
I light my candle from their torches.
The true mark of a leader is the willingness to stick with a bold course of action — an unconventional business strategy, a unique product-development roadmap, a controversial marketing campaign — even as the rest of the world wonders why you’re not marching in step with the status quo. In other words, real leaders are happy to zig while others zag. They understand that in an era of hyper-competition and non-stop disruption, the only way to stand out from the crowd is to stand for something special.
A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.
All organizations are perfectly designed to get the results they are now getting. If we want different results, we must change the way we do things.
It’s not about you. It’s about them.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
-William Arthur Ward
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
The highest of distinctions is service to others.
-King George VI
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
Leaders don’t inflict pain, they share pain.
Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily, even if you had no title or position.
If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.
In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.
A boss has the title, a leader has the people.
Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.
The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.
A leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.
A leader is a dealer in hope.
Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.
One voice can change a room.
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.
The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
I never thought in terms of being a leader. I thought very simply in terms of helping people.
Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.
It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.
-Roy T. Bennett
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Great leaders do not desire to lead but to serve.
As we look ahead to the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
Followers who tell the truth, and leaders who listen to it, are an unbeatable combination.
The way you behave when you think you can get away with it is who you really are.
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.
A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men.
The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.
-Theodore M. Hesburgh
Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.
Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.
Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.
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.
He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander (or leader)
Go And Lead
Experience is the best teacher, but an inspiring quote can be like holding a bow on an arrow. It can take you in the right direction. So, take these quotes and turn them into action.