40 Powerful Quotes That Will Take Your Leadership Skills To The Next Level

Leadership is a skill that many aspire to, but few truly master. Whether you are a CEO, supervisor, team leader, or simply trying to make a difference in your workplace, having strong leadership skills is essential. [Click to tweet]

However, it takes hard work, dedication, and determination to become a successful leader. That’s why it’s important to stay motivated and inspired.

Fortunately, there are many great quotes out there to help you stay motivated and enhance your leadership skills. These quotes can give you motivation, insight, and inspiration to help you deal with problems, take risks, and work hard to achieve your goals. 

From the wisdom of some of the greatest minds in history to the words of modern business leaders, these quotes can be a great starting point for anyone looking to enhance their leadership skills. 

So, let’s take a look at 40 of the most inspiring quotes to get you started or keep you going on your journey to becoming a better leader.

1. “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

2. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

3. “The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” – Ken Blanchard

4. “Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” – John C. Maxwell

5. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

6. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

7. “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” – Sheryl Sandberg

8. “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis

9. “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 Bennis

10. “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” – Colin Powell

11. “Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” – Peter Drucker

12. “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

13. “I start with the premise that the function of a leader is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” – Ralph Nader

14. “The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.” – Eric Hoffer

15. “Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.” – Brian Tracy

16. Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you. – Margaret Thatcher

17. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

19. “Leaders don’t force people to follow—they invite them on a journey.” – Charles S. Lauer

20. “Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” – John C. Maxwell

21. “One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” – Arnold Glasow

22. “A leader is a dealer in hope.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

23. “Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.” – Brian Tracy

24. “Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration — of oneself and of others. Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes. Leadership is not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others. It is an attitude, not a routine.” – Lance Secretan

25. “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” – Theodore Roosevelt

26. “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

27. “The best leaders have a high Consideration Factor. That is, they really care about their people.” – Bob Anderson

28. “Leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and example.” – Author Unknown

29. “The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” – Harvey Firestone

30. “The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.” – Theodore Hesburgh.

31. “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” – Tom Peters

32. “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” – Thomas Jefferson

33. “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

34. “Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be led.” – Ross Perot

35. “There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” – Indira Gandhi

36. “You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go.” – Jeanette Rankin

37. “The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.” – John Wooden

38. “The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.” – Tony Blair

39. “Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge.” – Simon Sinek

40. “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” – Sheryl Sandberg


Remember that leadership is an ongoing journey of learning and growth. We hope these quotes will inspire you to take your leadership skills to the next level. Meanwhile, which of these quotes did you find most inspiring? Let us know in the comments.

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