55 Inspirational Quotes for Leaders (Quotable Images)

If you’re a business person, entrepreneur or manager, you have to learn how to lead people in your company. If you’re a marketer, you have to be a thought leader to influence customers to make a good buying decision. If you’re a politician, you badly need effective leadership to bring your nation into progress. And even if you don’t have any position, it doesn’t matter because you still have to learn how to lead yourself. In other words, leadership is a job for everyone. We all need to learn how to lead ourselves and other people.

Leadership needs not only daily motivations but also long-term inspiration. To get your leadership fueled with inspirations, I have compiled a list of 55 inspirational quotes from various inspiring leaders and famous leadership authors all over the history and the world. I hope you can get some nuggets of golden leadership lessons from these quotable images. And yes, let us know which one is you favorite.

1.
Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why. -Bernard Baruch

 

2.
Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing. —Tom Peters

 

3.
Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing. —Tom Peters

 

4.
You do not lead by hitting people over the head.  That’s assault, not leadership. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

5.
If you command wisely, you’ll be obeyed cheerfully. -Thomas Fuller

 

6.
Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders. -Tom Peters

 

7.
 “There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. –Publius Terentius Afer

 

8.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right–for you’ll be criticized anyway. —Eleanor Roosevelt

 

9.
Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow. —Chinese Proverb

 

10.
Earn your leadership every day. –Michael Jordan

 

11.
It isn’t positions which lend distinction, but men who enhance positions. –Agesilaus the Second

 

12.
Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength. -Ralph W. Sockman

 

13.
Never give an order that can’t be obeyed. —General Douglas MacArthur

 

14.
Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. –Confucius

 

15.
Haste in every business brings failures. -Herodotus

 

16.
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. —General George Patton

 

17.
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. -Steve Jobs

 

18.
Know thyself. –Thales

 

19.
Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. -Stephen R. Covey

 

20.
I am more afraid of an army of one hundred sheep led by a lion than an army of one hundred lions led by a sheep.  -Charles Maurice

 

21.
People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. —John Maxwell

 

22.
The leader follows in front. -Proverb quotes

 

23.
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

 

24.
Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. -John C. Maxwell

 

25.
Leadership is action, not position.  -Donald H. McGannon

 

26.
Leadership is influence. —John C. Maxwell

 

27.
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. -John C. Maxwell

 

28.
You can’t lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself.  -Gene Mauch

 

29.
Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself. -Thomas J. Watson

 

30.
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. —John F. Kennedy

 

31.
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. -Max Lucado

 

32.
To lead the people, walk behind them.  -Lao-Tzu

 

33.
Remember the difference between a boss and a leader; a boss says “Go!” – a leader says “Let’s go!  -E.M. Kelly

 

34.
“Every leader needs to look back once in a while to make sure he has followers.” -Author Unknown

 

35.
“He has half the deed done who has made a beginning.” –Horace

 

36.
“If you have no character to lose, people will have no faith in you” -Mahatma Gandhi

 

37.
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

 

38.
“When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally.” -Lao Tzu

 

39.
It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. —Nelson Mandela

 

40.
“He that cannot obey, cannot command.” -Benjamin Franklin

 

41.
“One good turn deserves another.” –Gaius Petronius Arbiter 27-66 A.D, Emperor Nero’s advisor

 

42.
I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody. —Herbert Swope

 

43.
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” -Margaret Fuller

 

44.
“There go my people.  I must find out where they are going so I can lead them.” -Alexandre Ledru-Rollin

 

45.
“The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” -Colin Powell

 

46.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. —Thomas Jefferson

 

47.
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

48.
“You have to think anyway, so why not think big?” -Donald Trump

 

49.
 “Wait for that wisest of all counselors, Time.” -Pericles

 

50.
One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. -Arnold H. Glasgow

 

51.
He who has great power should use it lightly. —Seneca

 

52.
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” -Warren G. Bennis

 

53.
“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” -Henry A. Kissinger

 

54.
“Let each man pass his days in that wherein his skill is greatest.” –Propertius Sextus

 

55.
“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

 

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