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To be a leader, it is important to understand the characteristics of your followers. A great leader is one who is willing to take one for the team. Adversities cause leaders not to break, but to break records. Leaders clearly know the difference between Leadership and Dictatorship. Leadership causes respect, success, and blessings while the latter causes hatred and loneliness. Poor leaders rely solely on sources of satisfaction such as monetary rewards or the alleviation of fears. These 43 leadership quotes are to help you improve your leadership qualities!

A successful leader understands that people are complex and different. They understand the importance of respecting each individual. It is very important to connect the individual goals in the team to the ultimate goal of the organization.

As a teacher, I follow one golden rule, “Treat others as you would like to be treated”. I treat my students with the same respect and love that I expect in return from them. I believe if students hesitate to ask a question then it’s my fault, not theirs. I allow my students to lead me sometimes when I know they are better than me and I may be able to learn from their perspective. This is how I practice leadership in my profession. I research leadership quotes to help me improve my methods as a leader.  I have compiled a list of the very same leadership quotes that have helped me improve as a leader. I hope these quotes help you the same way they helped me.

Here are 43 of the most powerful and encouraging leadership quotes to help you readers be the best leaders of tomorrow and leave behind your own legacies.

43 Encouraging Leadership Quotes To Help You Become A Good Leader

  1. “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
  2. “There goes my people. I must follow them, for I am their leader.” –Mahatma Gandhi
  3.  “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” –Jack Welch
  4. “Leadership position can be inherited but leadership capacity can only be built” –A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  5. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way” –John Maxwell
  6. “The brain is dead if the organs don’t work in harmony and the organs are dead if they don’t follow the brain.” –Rahul Bansal
  7. “The leaders of our society have never been generals or kings but Rishis. When you are a Rishi, you become a blessing to humankind. This is Rishihood.” –Swami Vivekananda
  8. “We live in a society obsessed with public opinion. But leadership has never been about popularity.” –Marco Rubio
  9. “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
  10. “The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.” —Sir Winston Churchill
  11. “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
  12. “Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.” –General Douglas MacArthur
  13. “Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise.” –Woodrow Wilson
  14. “One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” –Arnold Glasow
  15. “True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.” –Sheryl Sandberg
  16. “Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.” –Brian Tracy
  17. “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.” –Peter Drucker
  18. “You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” –Ken Kesey
  19. “I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” –Ralph Nader
  20. “A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.” –Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  21. “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. –John Maxwell
  22. “A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.” –Polybius
  23. “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” —Rosalynn Carter
  24. 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 Walto
  25. “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” –Douglas MacArthur
  26. “The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.” –Eric Hoffer
  27. “Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.” –Brian Tracy
  28. “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” –General George Patton
  29. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” –Bill Gates
  30. “Don’t necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership.” –Donald Rumsfeld
  31. “Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out” –Stephen Covey
  32. “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” –General Colin Powell
  33. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” –John Quincy Adams
  34. “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
  35. “Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be led.” –Ross Perot
  36. “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” –Norman Schwarzkopf
  37. “Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.” –Stephen Covey
  38. “What you do has far greater impact than what you say.” –Stephen Covey
  39. “A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary, an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.” –John J Pershing
  40. “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.
  41. “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 Landr
  42. “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

Rahul Bansal
Rahul Bansal

Rahul is a freelance author, chemist, a teacher and has a lot of passion for spirituality, humanity & self-development. Being in the writing industry for many years, Rahul has a plethora of knowledge which he loves to share and discuss with his readers. He loves to write about self-improvement and share quotes he finds inspiring.

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