51 Inspiring Success and Leadership Quotes From The Great Leaders

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I would like to share with you some inspiring success and leadership quotes to live by from the great leaders of our time.

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower” 
– Steve jobs

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

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

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

“Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skilful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. “
–Harry S Truman

“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 know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.”
Queen Elizabeth II

“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. “
– Alexander the Great

“Leadership is having a compelling vision, a comprehensive plan, relentless implementation, and talented people working together. “
– Alan Mulally

“Leadership is a way of thinking, a way of acting and, most importantly, a way of communicating. “
– Simon Sinek

“Leadership is solving problems. 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 or conclude you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. “
– Colin Powell

“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives. “
– Theodore Roosevelt

“The greatest gift of leadership is a boss who wants you to be successful. “
– Jon Taffer

“Leadership is about vision and responsibility, not power. “
– Seth Berkley

“Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed. “
–Mwai Kibaki

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right. “
–Henry Ford

“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 a danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.  “
–Nelson Mandela

“Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader. “
–Indra Nooyi

“When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat. “
–Ronald Reagan

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions. “
–Harold S. Geneen

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.”
Andrew Carnegie

“One thing that somebody told me is that leadership is a lonely role – some people can do it, and some people can’t. “
– Kyrie Irving

“Where there is no vision, there is no hope. “
– George Washington Carver

“Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.”
– Stephen Covey 

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

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

“If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade. “
– Tom Peters

“Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.”
– John D. Rockefeller

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

“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”
– Norman Schwarzkopf

“When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.'”
–Lao Tzu

“The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.”
– Faye Wattleton

“Leadership is a choice, not a position.”
– Stephen Covey

“A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason. “
– J. P. Morgan 

“The world needs new leadership, but the new leadership is about working together.”
– Jack Ma

“Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time. “
– George W. Bush

“The topic of leadership is a touchy one. A lot of leaders fail because they don’t have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord. Throughout my years, I haven’t had that fear.”
– Kobe Bryant

“Leadership is inspiring extraordinary people to step up and serve their country.”
–Justin Trudeau

“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.”
– John Buchan

“People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.”
–John C. Maxwell 

“Inability to make decisions is one of the principal reasons executives fail. Deficiency in decision-making ranks much higher than lack of specific knowledge or technical know-how as an indicator of leadership failure.”
–John C. Maxwell

“Leadership offers an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, no matter what the project.”
– Bill Owens

“I believe in servant leadership, and the servant always asks, ‘Where am I needed most?'”
– Mike Pence

“To succeed, one must be creative and persistent.”
– John H. Johnson

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”
– Ronald Reagan

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
–Maya Angelou

“Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult.”
– Warren Bennis

“Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.”
–Jim Rohn

“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

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.”
– Henry Ford

I hope that these success and leadership quotes inspired you to be the best leader that you can be and always strive for excellence and ownership to your craft.

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Ryazan Tristram

Travel Writer & Photographer

Ryazan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and Hotel Management. She also has more than 10 years of work experience gained from working in the hotel and travel sectors in Asia and Europe. Her work has been featured and published on Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Discovery Channel, World Travel Guide, MSN, CNBC, GMA, Daily Mail UK, Lonely Planet and many more. She is currently living in the UK as a dual citizen (British – Filipina). Join her in travelling around the UK and beyond with a mission to promote sustainable tourism and share travel guides, travel tips, foodies, history and culture.

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