Welcome to these great words on leadership written/shared by great minds from various walks of life. Through ‘quotes’ we get to learn from the experiences of others, as I am sure you will as you read this collection of powerful and educative words of wisdom on leadership.


Leadership quotes

~ The difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says, ‘Go!’; a leader says, ‘Let’s go!’ – E.M. Kelly

~ A leader is a man who makes decisions. Sometimes they turn out right and sometimes they turn out wrong, but either way, he makes them – Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Co.


~ Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave – Henry Peter Brougham

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

~ You do not lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault not leadership – Dwight D Eisenhower

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

~ The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do –
Andrew Carnegie

~ Leadership cannot be taught. It can only be learned – Harold Geneen

~ The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant – Max DePree


~ Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall – Stephen R. Covey

~ The leader must know, must know that he knows, and must be able to make it abundantly clear to those around him that he knows – Clarence Randall

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~ All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership – John Kenneth Galbraith

~ Do not go where the path may lead, go where there is no path and leave a trail – Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination – Unknown

~ Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow – Chinese Proverb


~ Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality – Warren G Bennis

~ Leadership is action, not position – Donald H. McGannon

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


~ A GOOD leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a GREAT leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves – Adlai Stevenson

~ A leader is a dealer in hope – Napoleon Bonaparte

~ It is hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse – Carl Sagan


~ But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown – Don Marquis

~ Inventories can be managed, but people must be led – Herbert B Swope

~ I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure which is: Try to please everybody – Isaac Newton


~ If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you. If you really make them think, they’ll hate you – H. Ross Perot

~ If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants – James Callaghan

~ A leader must have the courage to act against expert advice – Ralph Nader

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


~ Good leaders must first become good servants – Theodore Hesburgh

~ Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal – Vince Lombardi

~ If you fail to honor your people,
They will fail to honor you,
It is said of a good leader that
When the work is done, the aim is fulfilled,
The people will say, “We did this ourselves – Lao Tzu


~ Leadership has been defined as the ability to hid your panic from others – Anonymous

~ Strong leaders are those who let their pride down, develop resilience and follow in the footsteps of a mentor until they become successful – Lema Abeng, in The Rising Star


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