15 Outstanding Leadership Quotes


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15 Outstanding Leadership Quotes

“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.”  —Lao Tzu

“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 DePree

“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.”  —Peter Drucker

“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.”  —Reverend Theodore Hesburgh

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.”  —Kenneth Blanchard

“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.”  —Sam Walton

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

“Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.”  —Brian Tracy

“Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.”  —Stephen Covey

“Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths.”  —John Zenger

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”  —John Quincy Adams

“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.”  —Vince Lombardi

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

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.”  —Andrew Carnegie

“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” —Harvey Firestone


Question: Which one of these leadership quotes connects with you most? Why?


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