No one is ever born a Leader.
Leadership is a torch which is passed down through generations. It is a characteristic which is learnt and refined by the experiences of others. It is a fire which has kept the human race going.
This is one of the first leadership posts on this website and I feel it’s very appropriate that a resource which teaches leadership should honor and appreciate the great leaders who have come before us. A quote is a window into another person’s soul, and just like how iron sharpens iron we should use the use these quotes full of wisdom to sharpen our leadership skills.
1. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. – Warren Bennis
2. A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. —Lao Tzu
3. 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
4. The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground. —Sir Winston Churchill
5. The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already. – John Buchan
7. Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing. – Albert Schweitzer
8. To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. – Eleanor Roosevelt
9. If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader. – Dolly Parton
10. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. —Peter Drucker
11. Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. – Jack Welch
12. A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. – Max Lucado
13. The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. – Jim Rohn
14. Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish. – Sam Walton
15. Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems. —Brian Tracy
17. To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way. —Pat Riley
18. High sentiments always win in the end, The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic. – George Orwell
19. I think leadership comes from integrity – that you do whatever you ask others to do. I think there are non-obvious ways to lead. Just by providing a good example as a parent, a friend, a neighbor makes it possible for other people to see better ways to do things. Leadership does not need to be a dramatic, fist in the air and trumpets blaring, activity. – Scott Berkun
20. In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
21. Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
22. 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
23. Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. – Steve Jobs
24. 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
23. No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it. —Andrew Carnegie
24. The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say “I.” And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say “I.” They don’t think “I.” They think “we”; they think “team.” They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but “we” gets the credit…. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done. – Peter Drucker
25. Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. - John F. Kennedy
26. There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage. – Fuchan Yuan
27. Earn your leadership every day. – Michael Jordan
Best of Luck!