56 Leadership Quotes

Be inspired by these leadership quotes that identify qualities and characteristics of a good leader. Leadership is 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 quotes, sayings, and leadership concepts highlight an abundant number of qualities that we, as leaders, should strive to emulate.

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  1. Even in a tight budget climate, when raises are hard to dole out, conflict savvy managers can increase employee retention and productivity gains. Susan S. Raines, Conflict Management for Managers
    Poems of Encouragement

  2. Our job as a volunteer leader is to effectively translate the vision into something tangible - something the volunteers can taste, feel, and yearn to walk out. Allen Madding, Volunteer Management 101
    Inspirational Poems

  3. If you want to learn something about leadership, tend a flower garden. You will find those types of plants that excel without much attention while others require great encouragement and nourishment to grow. Samatha Anne Marie Lynch
    Garden Poems

  4. Leadership qualities are not born solely through books on leadership but are more developed through listening, watching, and emulating gifted leaders.
  5. Leadership qualities are not born solely through books on leadership but are more developed through listening, watching, and emulating gifted leaders. Victoria L. Adenson
    Poems About Life

  6. Are you one of the flock that follows, or are you one that shall lead the way? Edgar A. Guest, The Things That Haven't Been Done Before
    Poems About Failure

  7. In leadership, life and all things it’s far wiser to judge people by their deeds than their speech - their track record rather than their talk Rasheed Ogunlaru

  8. Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character; it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both leader and follower alike the burdens of self-restraint. Lewis H. Lapham
    Quotes About Character

  9. We must make certain that we do not threaten our own families from within due to our own lack of adjustment, poor priorities and absence of leadership or by using the negative products and techniques of our own upbringing. Phil McGraw, Family First
    Poems about Family

  10. Challenges in life always seek leaders and leaders seek challenges. Wayde Goodall, Why Great Men Fall
    Poems About Challenges

  11. The strongest storms make the best sailors. The strongest games make the best players. Tougher challenges make the best leaders.
  12. The strongest storms make the best sailors. The strongest games make the best players. Tougher challenges make the best leaders. Martin Luther King Jr.
    Challenge Quotes

  13. A leader who envisions greatness in each of his or her followers soon sees greatness realized. Cliff Mauer, How to Motivate Employees

  14. 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
    Poems About Change

  15. Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers. President Harry Truman
    Poems About Books

  16. Building a coaching habit will help your team be more self-sufficient by increasing their autonomy and sense of mastery and by reducing your need to jump in, take over and become the bottleneck. Michael Bungay Stanier, The Coaching Habit

  17. 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
    Gratitude Poems

  18. Employees do not expect their managers to clown around and make them laugh with gimmicks so that they can like them—they expect their managers to lead. It's not your job to just make people feel good, but rather to create an atmosphere where people feel connected to the larger picture and understand the value of their contribution to the organization. Cliff Mauer, How to Motivate Employees
    Motivational Quotes

  19. A wise leader always tries to give orders that are likely to be followed.
  20. A wise leader always tries to give orders that are likely to be followed. Soontir Fel
    Wisdom Poems

  21. We need organizational leaders who can release us from unrelenting conflicts and do not merely paper over disagreements and disputes. Kenneth Cloke, Resolving Conflicts at Work
    Conflict Quotes

  22. Leadership is not an affair of the head. Leadership is an affair of the heart. James M. Kouzes, The Leadership Challenge

  23. The best business leaders begin by framing trust in economic terms for their companies. Geoff Hudson-Searle; Mark Herbert, The Trust Paradigm
    Quotes About Trust

  24. If you are a leader or someone who works for the interest of a community, first make sure that you understand the interest of the people who make up that community. In this way, you will have a good chance of minimizing, perhaps, avoiding the us versus them mentality. Duop Chak Wuol
    Community Quotes

  25. A leader is a dealer in hope. Napoleon Bonaparte
    Poems About Hope

  26. A good leader doesn’t just sit around and fire off orders to others; instead, they lead by example. Hannah Raybans
    Good Poems

  27. We are at a time in human development that invites us to consider becoming leaders in bringing more well-being not only to our inner, personal lives but also to the larger world in which we live. Fleet Maull, Radical Responsibility
    Wellness Quotes

  28. Life and leadership will cause pain and suffering, but through the suffering, great learning, growth, and improvements lie ahead, once you find a way to endure. David Hulings

  29. Enduring the demands of any leadership position and living through the milestones of life, work, and family requires stamina. Greg Helmer, Lead with Endurance

  30. Perseverance an integral trait for success. It is a trait you want to possess. Catherine Pulsifer, Perseverance A Trait
    Poems About Perseverance

  31. A thoughtful, caring and empathetic leader is much more effective in the long run when they choose phrases, words, and even body language to make their point with deliberate care Byron Pulsifer

  32. Leadership is about people, it’s about inspiring people
  33. Leadership is about people, it’s about inspiring people to believe that the impossible is possible, it is about developing and building people to perform at heights they never imagine ... Gifford Thomas, The Inspirational Leader
    Inspirational Quotes

  34. What I have witnessed over and over is that thought leadership is the key that unlocks a whole new level of professional accomplishment and achievement as well as career and personal satisfaction. Denise Brosseau, Ready to Be a Thought Leader?

  35. I believe that successful twenty-first-century leaders will have to be humble listeners. They will seek out and gather information from many sources, and use those inputs to catalyze new ways of thinking and generate new insights. Bernard T. Ferrari, Power Listening: Mastering the Most Critical Business Skill of All
    Listening Quotes

  36. As a leader, translating the team seating with folded hands as a negative blocking gesture can be a projection by you, of your lack of confidence in the team. Michael Nir, Influence: Body Language Silent Influencing
    Teamwork Quotes

  37. Trust and confidence in your employees and leaders is essential for creating engagement. Ole Bloch, The manager who lost his Self-Confidence . . . and Got It Back
    Make A Difference Quotes

  38. ... the leader's challenge is not to take lazy people and transform them into industrious types. Rather it is to channel already existing energies into the most worthwhile endeavors. Alan Loy Mcginnis, Bringing Out Best in People
    Patience Poem

  39. When we, as coaches, listen deeply to find the wholehearted aliveness in our clients, we help them tap into that experience of being alive. Edited by Christine Wahl, Clarice Scriber, and Beth Bloomfield, On Becoming a Leadership Coach
    Experience Quotes

  40. In recent years, many Christian leaders and pastors have begun to emphasize the importance of community among believers. Jerry Bridges, True Community

  41. One of the most common mistakes that organizations and their leaders make when introducing change is to just tell people what needs to be done, and how to do it. Without the why, there is no reason to be committed to it. John Putzier, The Everything HR Kit

  42. If you adopt a leadership model focused on retention, you will begin to experience a culture where volunteers stick around, and even do much of the recruiting for you by inviting others to join them. Darren Kizer; Christine Kreisher; Steph Whitacre, The Volunteer Project
    Thank You Poems

  43. Leaders who elevate both themselves and their people will see the greatest success in these turbulent times.
  44. Leaders who elevate both themselves and their people will see the greatest success in these turbulent times. Robert Glazer, Elevate
    Success Quotes

  45. ... 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
    Positive Quotes About Change

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

  47. 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

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

  49. If you are a leader or are dealing with anyone..., using fear is never a good solution to get others to do something! Catherine Pulsifer
    Poems About Fear

  50. 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
    Courage Quotes

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

  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
    Quotes About Helping Others

  53. ... 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

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

  55. What is the only variable that distinguishes you in the marketplace? Your people! John Putzier
    Quotes To Live By

  56. 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
    Life Journey Quotes

  57. 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
    Inspirational Quotes About Life and Struggles

  58. 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

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

  60. 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
    Solution Quotes

  61. 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
    Humorous Quotes

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