Leadership Quotes

Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.
– Marian Anderson

Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.
– E. Joseph Cossman

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

If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.
– William James

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.
– Arnold H. Glasgow

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
– John D. Rockefeller

If there is such a thing as good leadership, it is to give a good example.
– Ingvar Kamprad
He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.
– Louisa May Alcott
I urge the Iraqi leadership for sake of its own people... to seize this opportunity and thereby begin to end the isolation and suffering of the Iraqi people.
– Kofi Annan
The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.
– Mary Kay Ash
When a man assumes leadership, he forfeits the right to mercy.
– Gennaro Anguilo
Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
– Bernard Baruch
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
– Henry Ward Beecher
Without initiative, leaders are simply workers in leadership positions.
– Bo Bennett
The United States is the most innovative country in the world. But our leadership could slip away if we fail to properly fund primary, secondary and higher education.
– Jeff Bingaman
A leader is a dealer in hope.
– Napoleon Bonaparte
Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it.
– Omar N. Bradley
Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better.
– Bill Bradley
The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.
– James Buchanan
What helps people, helps business.
– Leo Burnett
Vocational education programs have made a real difference in the lives of countless young people nationwide; they build self-confidence and leadership skills by allowing students to utilize their unique gifts and talents.
– Conrad Burns
I'm floored that the House leadership would turn its back on job creation for Mississippians.
– Haley Barbour
The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.
– John Buchan
Woodrow Wilson called for leaders who, by boldly interpreting the nation's conscience, could lift a people out of their everyday selves. That people can be lifted into their better selves is the secret of transforming leadership.
– James MacGregor Burns
Everyone who's ever taken a shower has an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.
– Nolan Bushnell
I believe it is time for new leadership that is able to leave the '70s behind.
– Kim Campbell
Dr. King's leadership reaffirmed the promise of our democracy: that everyday people, working together, have the power to change our government and our institutions for the better.
– Maria Cantwell
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it..
– Andrew Carnegie
The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.
– Andrew Carnegie
The cautious seldom err.
– Confucius
Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
– Stephen Covey
Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves.
– E. Joseph Cossman
My observation is that women are merely waiting for their husbands to assume leadership.
– James Dobson
Instead of begging OPEC to drop its oil prices, let's use American leadership and ingenuity to solve our own energy problems.
– Pete Domenici
We need leadership, and we need it now.
– Byron Dorgan
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.
– Peter F. Drucker
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
– Peter F. Drucker
No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.
– Peter F. Drucker
People who don't take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.
– Peter F. Drucker
It simply cannot be disputed that for decades the Palestinian leadership was more interested in there not being a Jewish state than in there being a Palestinian state.
– Alan Dershowitz
When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.
– Roy Disney
Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.
– Peter F. Drucker
Leadership is about doing what you know is right - even when a growing din of voices around you is trying to convince you to accept what you know to be wrong.
– Robert. L. Ehrlich
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
– Dwight D. Eisenhower
You don't lead by hitting people over the head-that's assault, not leadership.
– Dwight D. Eisenhower
My attitude is never to be satisfied, never enough, never.
– Duke Ellington
It is rare to find a business partner who is selfless. If you are lucky it happens once in a lifetime.
– Michael Eisner
Instead of starting a new nuclear arms race, now is the time to reclaim our Nation's position of leadership on nuclear nonproliferation efforts.
– Dianne Feinstein
Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.
– Dianne Feinstein
The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.
– Harvey S. Firestone
Don't find fault, find a remedy.
– Henry Ford
If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.
– Henry Ford
Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.
– Margaret Fuller
I look for what needs to be done. After all, that's how the universe designs itself.
– Richard Buckminster Fuller
If you command wisely, you'll be obeyed cheerfully.
– Dr. Thomas Fuller
In fair Weather prepare for foul.
– Dr. Thomas Fuller
Leadership is particularly necessary to ensure ready acceptance of the unfamiliar and that which is contrary to tradition.
– Cyril Falls
The very exercise of leadership fosters capacity for it.
– Cyril Falls
Good enough never is.
– Debbi Fields
The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.
– Charles de Gaulle
Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned.
– Harold S. Geneen
Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.
– Harold S. Geneen
The employer generally gets the employees he deserves.
– J. Paul Getty
I'm not a natural leader. I'm too intellectual; I'm too abstract; I think too much.
– Newt Gingrich
President Bush has shown great leadership. He has said that the 21st century will not be ruled or dictated by terrorists, dictators, and murderers. He is absolutely right. God bless him for his resolve.
– Lindsey Graham
The leadership lost its nerve. Instead of taking the lead in the reform movement... they pulled the plug on it. They tried and are still trying to return the church to the dry ice of the previous century and a half.
– Andrew Greeley
That is what leadership is all about: staking your ground ahead of where opinion is and convincing people, not simply following the popular opinion of the moment.
– Doris Kearns Goodwin
Alliances and international organizations should be understood as opportunities for leadership and a means to expand our influence, not as constraints on our power.
– Chuck Hagel
I'm not smart, but I like to observe. Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
– William Hazlitt
Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership.
– Eric Hoffer
Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority.
– Tom Hopkins
I am proud of the President's leadership. I am proud to support him in saying: Yes, we are going to do what is necessary now when it is less painful and less expensive.
– Kay Hutchison
Our country also hungers for leadership to ensure the long-term survival of our Social Security system. With 70 million baby boomers in this country on the verge of retirement, we need to take action to shore up the system.
– Kay Hutchison
The important thing is that we recognize our President's leadership, that he is not saying: I am going to walk away from this. He is saying: I am going to do the right thing.
– Kay Hutchison
Every time you have to speak, you are auditioning for leadership.
– James C. Humes
One secret of leadership is that the mind of a leader never turns off. Leaders even when they are sightseers or spectators, are active; not passive observers.
– James C. Humes
The art of communication is the language of leadership.
– James C. Humes
The President's speech suggested to me that were we to follow his leadership, we will be in Iraq not for months, but for years. I also hope I am wrong on this.
– Daniel Inouye
Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves-to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today.
– Stewart B. Johnson
Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.
– Abdul Kalam
There was no imminent threat. This was made up in Texas, announced in January to the Republican leadership that war was going to take place and was going to be good politically. This whole thing was a fraud.
– Edward Kennedy
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
As far as Iraq, the important thing is that the Taliban is gone in Afghanistan, three-quarters of the al-Qaida leadership is either dead or in jail, and we now have Saudi Arabia working with us, Pakistan working with us.
– Peter King
A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone.
– Henry A. Kissinger
It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it.
– Henry A. Kissinger
The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.
– Henry A. Kissinger
Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.
– Ray Kroc
You're only as good as the people you hire.
– Ray Kroc
Real leadership means tackling tough problems ourselves and not leaving them to our children.
– Jon Kyl
Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.
– Mwai Kibaki
Germany must be a country which generates political ideas and leadership, which is capable of compromise, which is sovereign and yet knows that it needs its partners on both sides of the Atlantic.
– Horst Koehler
Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you're in control, they're in control.
– Tom Landry
Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve.
– Tom Landry
To my mind the election was stolen by George Bush and we have been suffering ever since under this man's leadership.
– Jessica Lange
Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character; it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both leader and follower alike the burdens of self-restraint.
– Lewis H. Lapham
Clarity affords focus.
– Thomas Leonard
I also know that there have been many times in our history when the proximity of an election has induced exactly the kind of leadership and consensus-building that produce progress in our democracy.
– Joseph Lieberman
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
– Rush Limbaugh
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
– Max Lucado
The cardinal responsibility of leadership is to identify the dominant contradiction at each point of the historical process and to work out a central line to resolve it.
– Mao Tse-Tung