20 Inspirational Quotes on Leadership

So what makes a good leader? Is it compassion, vision, courage, connection, accountability, responsibility, self-awareness, learning, encouragement or ? What are the values that come to mind for you? Then once you know what leadership is, how do you embody it? Also – who has inspired you the most with their leadership over the years?

The following quotes may inspire you to look at leadership in more depth and identify what it is for you – enjoy!

  1. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ~ John Quincy Adams
  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. “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
  4. “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 humour, but without folly.” ~ Jim Rohn
  5. “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
  6. “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 F. Drucker
  7. “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
  8. “A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.” ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  9. “A leader is someone who demonstrates what’s possible.” ~ Mark Yarnell
  10. “The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by. The saint is the man who walks through the dark paths of the world, himself a light.” ~ Felix Adler
  11. “I will speak ill of no man, and speak all the good I know of everybody.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
  12. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” ~ John F. Kennedy
  13. “A good leader inspires others with confidence in him; a great leader inspires them with confidence in themselves.” ~ Unknown
  14. “Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for one’s superiors; care for one’s crew.” ~ Grace Hopper
  15. “The price of greatness is responsibility.” ~ Winston Churchill
  16. “When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally.” ~ Lao Tzu
  17. “A leader leads by example not by force.” ~ Sun Tzu
  18. “Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.” ~ Brian Tracy
  19. “Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
  20. “The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do.” ~ Andrew Carnegie

Which quote inspired you the most?


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  • Endtime

    Reply Reply July 16, 2019

    Great! Very happy to come across this.

    • Jane

      Reply Reply July 18, 2019

      Nice to hear 🙂

    • Withfield weekes

      Reply Reply August 13, 2022

      I love #4. A leader must not be afraid to handle any situation rough or calm.

      • Jane

        Reply Reply August 21, 2022

        Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • Hagaar

    Reply Reply April 9, 2019

    Thnx now I can find all d quotes I need for a speech to be a house captain!!!

    • Jane

      Reply Reply April 10, 2019

      Yeh! Glad I could help 🙂

      • Nash

        Reply Reply May 31, 2019

        Though all quotes are wonderful ones, Quote number 1, by John Quincy Adams has inspired me the most.

        Thanks for what you always do to reach us all. Am inspired by your work.

  • rohit

    Reply Reply November 19, 2018

    Great Leadership Quotes Collection.

  • Chandan

    Reply Reply April 26, 2017

    Great collection

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