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Twenty Best Leadership Quotes Of All Time

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So many wise things have been said about leadership through the ages that they fill books.

 

As a motivational speaker, when I hear a great thought eloquently expressed, I can’t help but jot it down in one of the many notebooks I fill every year.

 

Since leadership is a subject I write and speak about frequently, my book of favourite leadership quotes is full again.

 

Here are 20 of my favourites that I hope will inspire you this year:

 

There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage. —Fuchan Yuan

 

Earn your leadership every day. –Michael Jordan

 

A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men. —Stephen King

 

A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit. —John Maxwell

 

Would women leaders wield power differently? Would they be more humane? Would they perhaps even usher in some gleaming, renascent era? And would men accept them? Now that we have this veritable club of women leaders across the globe — ruling, scheming, changing the rules and the world — we can begin to answer those questions. But the answers are no simpler than the questions themselves. – Georgia Anne Geyer

 

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. —Eleanor Roosevelt

 

To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult. —Friedrich Nietzsche

 

The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership. — Harvey Firestone

 

You have to look at leadership through the eyes of the followers and you have to live the message. What I have learned is that people become motivated when you guide them to the source of their own power and when you make heroes out of employees who personify what you want to see in the organization. – Anita Roddick 

 

One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. — Arnold Glasow

 

What you do has far greater impact than what you say. —Stephen Covey

 

Never give an order that can’t be obeyed. —General Douglas MacArthur

 

Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing. —Tom Peters

 

I define leadership as having three parts: first is seeing what needs to be done to make things better or seeing a problem that needs fixing; second is having the vision, the skill, and the wherewithal to change the system; and third is the most important task of mobilizing the energy of others to organize and act in ways to achieve that vision. – Susan J. Herman

 

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 danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. — Nelson Mandela

 

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities. —Maya Angelou

 

He who has great power should use it lightly. —Seneca

 

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. – Bill Gates

 

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. —Max Lucado

 

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

 

Paula Morand is a leadership building, revenue boosting, strategy expanding keynote speaker, author and visionary. This dreaming big and being bold leadership expert and brand strategist brings her vibrant energy, humor and wisdom to ignite individuals, organizations and communities to lead change, growth and impact in a more bold fashion.

24 years, 27,000 clients, 34 countries, 15 books, former radio personality, 11x award winning entrepreneur and humorous emcee.

Check out Paula’s bestselling books on Amazon: “Bold Courage: How Owning Your Awesome Changes Everything”, “Dreaming BIG and Being BOLD: Inspiring stories from Trailblazers, Visionaries and Change Makers” book series; and due to be released in January 2018 “Bold Vision: A Leader’s Playbook for Managing Growth”.

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