In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind and forget about what it takes to be a leader. But whether you’re running a small business or leading a major corporation, the principles of good leadership remain the same.

To help you stay motivated and focused on what it takes to be a great leader, we’ve compiled a list of our top leadership quotes. These quotes come from some of the most successful business leaders of our time, so take a moment to reflect on their words of wisdom and see how you can apply them to your own leadership style.

” The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.” – Dwight Eisenhowe

” Earn your leadership every day.” –Michael Jordan

“There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage.” —Fuchan Yuan

“To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.” —Pat Riley

” Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.” —Bill Bradley

“Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise.” —Woodrow Wilson

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” —John C. Maxwell

 “He who has great power should use it lightly.” —Seneca

“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” —Max Lucado

“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.” —Rosalynn Carter

“The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.” —Tony Blair

“Leadership is influence.” —John C. Maxwell

“I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” —Ralph Nader

“To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.” —Andre Malraux

 “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” —John Maxwell

 “Leadership is not just about giving energy… it’s unleashing other people’s energy.” —Paul Polman

“The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.”  Warren Bennis

“A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.”John Maxwell

 ” “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas A. Edison

 ““All leaders are readers.”  Jim Rohn

 ““Leadership is an action, not a position.”  Donald McGannon

 “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”  William Arthur Ward

“A good leader must hate the wrong thing more than they hate the pain of doing the right thing.”Angela Jiang

 “Leaders don’t force people to follow – they invite them on a journey.”Charles S. Lauer

“You can be a leader in your workplace, your neighborhood, or your family, all without having a title.” Travis Bradberry

“A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.” Joe DiMaggio

 “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” —Margaret Fuller

 “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.” —Mahatma Gandhi

 “True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.” —Sheryl Sandberg

 “Leadership is something you earn, something you’re chosen for. You can’t come in yelling, ‘I’m your leader!’ If it happens, it’s because the other guys respect you.” —Ben Roethlisberger

 “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” —Warren Buffett

“If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.” —Thomas Aquinas

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”—Steve Jobs

 “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” Eleanor Roosevelt

 “A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men.” —Stephen King

 “People respond well to those that are sure of what they want.” —Anna Wintour

 “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.” —Rosalynn Carter

“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

 “A leader is a dealer in hope.” —Napoleon Bonaparte

“Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned.” – Harold Geneen

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists…when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will all say: We did it ourselves.” – Lao Tzu

“My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.” – Steve Jobs

“Leadership is an ever-evolving position.” – Mike Krzyzewski

“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” – Ralph Nader

“Leadership is getting someone to do what they don’t want to do but to achieve what they want to achieve.” – Tom Landry

“Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.” – David Star Jordan

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.”– Seth Godin

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” – Max de Pree

“You manage things; you lead people.” – Grace Murray Hopper

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi

“Leadership is about vision and responsibility, not power.” – Seth Berkley

“Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.” – Tom Peters

“The leader has to be practical, and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.” – Eric Hoffer

“The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.” – John Wooden

“Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.” – Bill Bradley

“Doing what is right isn’t the problem. It is knowing what is right.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

“A leader is a person you will follow to a place you would not go by yourself.” – Joel Barker

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren G. Bennis

“Pity the leader caught between unloving critics and uncritical lovers.” – John Gardner

“We can, we will, and we must come together.” – Joe Biden

“Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart to give yourself to it.” – Buddha

“Leaders don’t create followers; they create more leaders.” – Tom Peters

“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” – Henry Kissinger

“Leadership is having a compelling vision, a comprehensive plan, relentless implementation, and talented people working together.” – Alan Mulally

“Great leaders have three things; inner light, inner vision, and inner strength.” – Amit Ray

“Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.” – Oprah Winfrey

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Leaders are made; they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price that all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” – Vince Lombardi

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy

“As we look ahead to the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates

 “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey

 “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” – Elon Musk

 “We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” – J.K. Rowling

 “A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others see.” – Leroy Eimes

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”– Henry Ford

 “Lead from the back and let others believe they are in front.” – Nelson Mandela

“If you do every job like you’re going to do it for the rest of your life, that’s when you get noticed.” – Mary Barra

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.”– John C. Maxwell

“A good leader must hate the wrong thing more than they hate the pain of doing the right thing.” – Angela Jiang

 “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” – Sheryl Sandberg

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis

“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” – Peter F. Drucker

“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.” – Rosalynn Carter

 “Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.” – Seth Godin

 “Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.” – Bill Bradley

 “A leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the nimblest go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.” – Nelson Mandela

 “To lead people, walk behind them.” – Lao Tzu

“Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.” – John Naisbitt

 “Make people feel like the hero of their journey and they will do more.” – Maxime Lagacé

 “Leadership requires belief in the mission and unyielding perseverance to achieve victory.” – Jocko Willink

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” – Martin Luther King Jr

 “Lead me, follow me, or get the hell out of my way.” – George Patton

 “Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard.” – Warren Bennis

 “Leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing.” – Mary D. Poole

“I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” – Ralph Nader

 “Leadership is much more an art, a belief, a condition of the heart, than a set of things to do.” – Max De Pree

 “A leader should have higher grit and tenacity, and be able to endure what the employees can’t.” – Jack Ma

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