Leadership Quotes


Top Five Leadership Quotes

  • Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
    –Dwight Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States
  • A leader is a dealer in hope
    –Napoleon Bonaparte
  • The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born — that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.
    –Warren G. Bennis, Founding Chairman of The Leadership Institute at USC
  • Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
    –Stephen R. Covey, management consultant, professor and author
  • You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that’s assault, not leadership
    –Dwight Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States


Additional Top Leadership Quotes

  • The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.
    –Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State, USA
  • Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not “making friends and influencing people”, that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.
    –Peter Drucker, management consultant, professor and author
  • The goal of an effective leader is to recondition your team to be solution focused rather than problem focused.
    –Jim Rohn, business philosopher and motivational speaker
  • People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
    –Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States
  • Leadership must be based on goodwill. Goodwill does not mean posturing and, least of all, pandering to the mob. It means obvious and wholehearted commitment to helping followers. We are tired of leaders we fear, tired of leaders we love, and of tired of leaders who let us take liberties with them. What we need for leaders are men of the heart who are so helpful that they, in effect, do away with the need of their jobs. But leaders like that are never out of a job, never out of followers. Strange as it sounds, great leaders gain authority by giving it away.
    –Admiral James B. Stockdale, US Navy
  • Your position never gives you the right to command. It only imposes on you the duty of so living your life that others may receive your orders without being humiliated.
    –Dag Hammarskjöld, Secretary General, United Nations
  • Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.
    –General Colin Powell, US Army
  • Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.
    –General George S. Patton, US Army
  • If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
    –John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States
  • You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.
    –Ken Kesey, US author
  • The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority
    –Kenneth Blanchard, US management expert and author
  • I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
    –Mohandas K. Gandhi, major political and spiritual leader in India, “Founder of the Nation”
  • The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say “I.” And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say “I.” They don’t think “I.” They think “we”; they think “team.” They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but “we” gets the credit. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.
    –Peter Drucker, management consultant, professor and author
  • Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50% of your time in leading yourself—your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20% leading those with authority over you and 15% leading your peers.
    –Dee Hock, Founder and CEO Emeritus, Visa
  • Leaders shouldn’t attach moral significance to their ideas: Do that, and you can’t compromise.
    –Peter Drucker, management consultant, professor and author
  • Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
    –Peter Drucker, management consultant, professor and author
  • Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
    –Stephen Covey, management consultant, professor and author
  • The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.
    –Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame
  • The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
    –Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States
  • People cannot be managed. Inventories can be managed, but people must be led.
    –H. Ross Perot, US entrepreneur

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