Top 40 for Leadership Quotes for becoming a good leader

40 best Leadership Quotes for becoming a good leader

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

I must follow the people. Am I not their leader

-Benjamin Disraeli

You manage things; you lead people

-Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality

-Warren Bennis

Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.

-General George Patton

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others

-Jack Welch

A leader is a dealer in hope.

-Napoleon Bonaparte

You don’t need a title to be a leader

-Multiple Attributions

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way

-John Maxwell

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.

-Margaret Mead

The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground

-Sir Winston Churchill

To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less

-Andre Malraux

He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander


Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position

-Brian Tracy

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers

-Ralph Nader

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes

-Peter Drucker

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm

-Publilius Syrus

A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together

-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Leadership is influence

-John C. Maxwell

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

When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out

-Napoleon Bonaparte

People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision

-John Maxwell

So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work

-Peter Drucker

The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes

-Tony Blair

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.

-Kenneth Blanchard

A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible


A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position

-John Maxwell

A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be

-Rosalynn Carter

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

A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward


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

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it

-General Dwight Eisenhower

The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist

-Eric Hoffer

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd

-Max Lucado

Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems

-Brian Tracy

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.

-General George Patton

Education is the mother of leadership

-Wendell Willkie

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.

-Stephen Covey

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

Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths.

-John Zenger

He who has great power should use it lightly.


I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be

-Warren Bennis

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other

-John F. Kennedy

Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the da

-Jesse Jackson

Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise

-Woodrow Wilson