Leadership Quotes

“All leadership is influence.”- John C. Maxwell

“Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.”-Thomas J. Peters

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

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet. ~ Theodore M. Hesburgh

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

Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others in a way that clarifies and expands a vision of the future. ~ Edwin H. Friedman

Whoever is providing leadership needs to be as fresh and thoughtful and reflective as possible to make the very best fight. ~ Faye Wattleton

A leader must have the courage to act against an expert’s advice.~ James Callaghan

Divorced from ethics, leadership is reduced to management and politics to mere technique. ~ James MacGregor Burns

When leaders take back power, when they act as heroes and saviors, they end up exhausted, overwhelmed, and deeply stressed. ~ Margaret J. Wheatley

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

Leaders are more powerful role models when they learn than when they teach. ~ Rosabeth Moss Kantor

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

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

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. ~ John F. Kennedy

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

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. ~ Peter Drucker

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

Leadership is getting someone to do what they don’t want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve. ~ Tom Landry

Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control. ~ Tom Landry

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