Today I’d like to share 101 of the most thought-provoking, encouraging and motivating leadership quotes from the past few thousands of years.
Because – to me – one of the most fascinating topics in life is the leaders that walked the world before us (and some who are still here) and how they shaped the world.
And what they can teach us about becoming better leaders ourselves at work, in school, in our own businesses and in our private lives.
I hope you’ll find something helpful and inspiring here.
101 Inspiring Leadership Quotes
“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.”
“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.”
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“He who has great power should use it lightly.”
“To lead people, walk beside them … As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate … When the best leader's work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!”
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Harold R. McAlindon
“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.”
“If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants.”
“There is no investment you can make which will pay you so well as the effort to scatter sunshine and good cheer through your establishment.”
Orison Swett Marden
“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
“Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.”
“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”
“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”
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