Leadership Qualities

Leadership qualities and characteristics are not about holding a title, or the person who occupies the corner office. It is about the ability, courage, and vision to assist, help, point, and encourage others to offer the best of their abilities in concert with enthusiasm each and every day of the week.

The following quotations, sayings, and leadership concepts highlight an abundant number of qualities that we, as leaders, should strive to emulate.

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  1. There is a lot more to being a fantastic leader in just the same way that there is more to being a parent than simply having children in the house. Theodore W. Higgingsworth

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

  3. In a team setting, leadership is shared by a community of people, which counters the tendency for pastors to form congregations in their own images. Adam S. McHugh

  4. Knowing what must be done does away with fear. Rosa Parks

  5. I've never known a person who was a true and genuine inspiration to his/her team members without the prime quality of possessing an abundance of humility. Rosy Lee Anderson

  6. The strongest storms make the best sailors. The strongest games make the best players. Tougher challenges make the best leaders. Martin Luther King Jr.

  7. Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, What’s in it for me? Brian Tracy

  8. If you feed your mind more positive self-talk than negative self talk you will create more positive results in your life. Ben Samson

  9. Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity. Reed Markham

  10. Leadership is a much different qualifiable characteristic than management to those who can subvert their ego in order to pilot and promote progress. Byron R. Pulsifer

  11. ... a supervisor who expects the unexpected and doesn’t get flustered is not only a calming force but also a role model for handling change. Harriet Diamond

  12. Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want. Dianne Feinstein

  13. An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage. Jack Welch

  14. If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere. Frank A. Clark

  15. [Leadershift]. It is an ability and willingness to make a leadership change that will positively enhance organizational and personal growth. John C. Maxwell

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  16. Strength is the product of struggle. You must do what others don't to achieve what others won't. Henry Rollins

  17. Ww must train from the inside out. Using our strengths to attack and nullify any weaknesses. It’s not about denying a weakness may exist but about denying its right to persist. Vince McConnell

  18. Strength doesn't come what you can do, it comes from overcoming what you once couldn’t. Rikki Rogers

  19. The foremost requirement for potent leadership is humility, so that leaders can fully understand and appreciate their own shortfalls. Jocko Willink

  20. 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

  21. The courage to admit when you're wrong doesn't show weakness. It shows your strength. Your integrity speaks volumes about you as a person. Blaque Diamond

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

  23. We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. Chuck Swindoll

  24. 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

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

  26. A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better. Jim Rohn

  27. Positive thinking empowers you by building your unique skill set. Each one of us is gifted in our own special way. Benjamin Smith

  28. Leading people is the most challenging and, therefore, the most gratifying undertaking of all human endeavors. Jocko Willink

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

  30. The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch. Jim Rohn

  31. The choices you make today will determine your circumstances tomorrow. Brian Cagneey

  32. Successful people compress time and do things faster—not because they can but because they realize everyone can. And this realization that “everyone can" enables them to do what to many seems impossible. Ed Rush

  33. When I feel overwhelmed and my stress levels rise, I stop and step back from the situation and put the even in perspective. I always ask myself - what difference will this make in five years time? Catherine Pulsifer

  34. If more knew how to build organizations that inspire, we could live in a world in which that statistic was the reverse—a world in which over 80 percent of people loved their jobs. Simon Sinek

  35. Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability. Patrick Lencioni

  36. Guard against seeing motion as the effective use of time. Robert Rivers

  37. There is strength in every struggle. Struggles create opportunities for you to become stronger, wiser and better. The moment you shift your thinking from "I cannot" to "I must," you will begin to see 'Beyond the Pain' and draw strength from within. Learn to see each obstacle as a stepping stone and watch your life change significantly. Kemi Sogunle

  38. When nothing goes right, you have to face forward and take it on head first. Kyo Shirodaira

  39. One of the most important things for any leader is to never let anyone else define who you are. And you define who you are. I never think of myself as being a woman CEO of this company. I think of myself as a steward of a great institution. Ginni Rometty

  40. First comes action, followed by motivation, followed by even more action. Alex Altman

  41. Those who overcome great challenges will be changed, and often in unexpected ways. For our struggles enter our lives as unwelcome guests, but they bring valuable gifts. And once the pain subsides, the gifts remain. These gifts are life's true treasures, bought at great price, but cannot be acquired in any other way. Steve Goodier

  42. I’ve always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team. Lee Iacocca

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  43. What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first step to something better. Wendell Phillips

  44. Every time you have to speak, you are auditioning for leadership. James Humes

  45. You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand. Woodrow Wilson

  46. A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them. M. D. Arnold

  47. It is very hard to demonstrate or model leadership qualities when you misuse time by gossiping. Byron R. Pulsifer

  48. Don't follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you. Margaret Thatcher

  49. The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. Ray Kroc

  50. We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. Kurt Vonnegut

  51. Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work. Seth Godin

  52. The characteristic of an outstanding leader is the person who is unconcerned about going out of their way in order to boost the self-esteem of any one of their team. Byron R. Pulsifer

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

  54. ... if you are full of ideas and opinions all the time, there will be no room for new things to come up and present themselves to you. Michael Hetherington

  55. Starting your morning on a positive vibe will lead to an ideal day, which should be filled with energy and vibrancy. Sandra Leon

  56. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. George S. Patton

  57. ... we desperately need more leaders who are committed to courageous, wholehearted leadership and who are self-aware enough to lead from their hearts, rather than unevolved leaders who lead from hurt and fear. Brené Brown

  58. What is the only variable that distinguishes you in the marketplace? Your people! John Putzier

  59. Everything you need to know about leadership you already know. It all boils down to one simple little rule you learned a long time ago. And that simple rule is to treat people the way you would want to be treated. The Golden Rule. James C. Hunter

  60. The most effective way to do it is to do it. Amelia Earhart

  61. All leaders must walk a fine line between focus and conventional wisdom, between confidence in their ability and unrealistic overconfidence, and between the demands of fast action and a clear-eyed assessment of the situation. John Austin

  62. Instead of spending your time dreaming of your plan’s happy ending, you must work on calculating every possible permutation and pitfall that might emerge in it. The further you see, the more steps ahead you plan, the more powerful you become. Robert Greene

  63. Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. John Wooden

  64. You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins. Jim Stovall

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  65. The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. Phil Jackson The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Vince Lombardi Jr.

  66. Successful organizations are the ones who encourage innovation, development, and new experiments. They invest considerable resources in research, learning, and development. Dr. Amir Levy

  67. Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. Ryunosuke Satoro

  68. A great manager will notice some of the little things you’re doing well in your day-to-day, and recognize you for them. Camille Fournier

  69. In each problem lies an opportunity to make better, to resolve, or to commence positive change. Byron R. Pulsifer

  70. No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it. H.E. Luccock

  71. Leadership is coproduced by leaders and followers, emerging between the influential and charismatic who crave it and the hopeful and fearful who demand it. Stanley McChrystal, Leaders

  72. Ensure all your spoken words are sweet flavored with inspiration or you may have to eat them without sprinkled flavors of appreciation. H. H. Alotomuss

  73. The secret of managing is keeping the people who hate you away from the ones who haven’t made up their minds. Casey Stengel

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