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100 Great inspirational quotes from some great leaders I would like to share with you.

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  1. A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible. ~Polybius
  2. A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit. ~John Maxwell
  3. 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
  4. A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week. ~George Patton
  5. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together. ~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. ~Max Lucado
  9. A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless. ~Charles de Gaulle
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. ~Helen Keller
  13. As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the truth. ~John Whittier
  14. As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. ~Bill Gates
  15. Authenticity is the alignment of head, mouth, heart, and feet ~thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing ~consistently. This builds trust, and followers love leaders they can trust. ~Lance Secretan
  16. Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. ~Jack Welch
  17. Do what you feel in your heart to be right–for you’ll be criticized anyway. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
  18. Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results. ~George S. Patton Jr.
  19. Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss. Or they won’t. Who cares? Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it. ~Tina Fey, Bossypants
  20. Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. ~Stephen Covey
  21. Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people. ~John D. Rockefeller
  22. 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
  23. Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths. ~John Zenger
  24. He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. ~Aristotle
  25. I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody. ~Herbert Swope
  26. I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier. ~Oprah Winfrey
  27. I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. ~Albert Einstein
  28. I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men. ~Lao Tzu
  29. I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. ~Ralph Nader
  30. I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people. ~Mohandas Gandhi
  31. I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. ~Gilbert K Chesterton
  32. If you tell me, it’s an essay. If you show me, it’s a story. ~Barbara Greene
  33. 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
  34. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. ~John Quincy Adams
  35. In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. ~Thomas Jefferson
  36. Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds. ~SEAL Team Saying
  37. Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. ~Steve Jobs
  38. It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well. ~J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  39. 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
  40. It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. –Charles Darwin
  41. Jesus said several times, Come, follow me. His was a program of do what I do, rather than do what I say. His innate brilliance would have permitted him to put on a dazzling display, but that would have left his followers far behind. He walked and worked with those he was to serve. His was not a long~distance leadership. He was not afraid of close friendships; he was not afraid that proximity to him would disappoint his followers. The leaven of true leadership cannot lift others unless we are with and serve those to be led. ~Spencer W. Kimball
  42. Just because something isn’t a lie does not mean that it isn’t deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction. ~Criss Jami
  43. Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
  44. Leaders are not, as we are often led to think, people who go along with huge crowds following them. Leaders are people who go their own way without caring, or even looking to see, whether anyone is following them. Leadership qualities are not the qualities that enable people to attract followers, but those that enable them to do without them. They include, at the very least, courage, endurance, patience, humor, flexibility, resourcefulness, stubbornness, a keen sense of reality, and the ability to keep a cool and clear head, even when things are going badly. True leaders, in short, do not make people into followers, but into other leaders. ~John Holt, Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book Of Homeschooling
  45. 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
  46. Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. ~John C. Maxwell
  47. Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems. ~Brian Tracy
  48. Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. ~John F. Kennedy
  49. Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. ~Norman Schwarzkopf
  50. Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another. ~John C. Maxwell
  51. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. ~Warren G. Bennis
  52. Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it. ~Marian Anderson
  53. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. ~Charles Swindoll
  54. Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing. ~Tom Peters
  55. Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. ~Harry S. Truman
  56. My father had a simple test that helps me measure my own leadership quotient: When you are out of the office he once asked me, does you staff carry on remarkable well without you? ~Martha Peak
  57. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. ~Margaret Mead
  58. Never give an order that can’t be obeyed. ~General Douglas MacArthur
  59. Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. ~General George Patton
  60. No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent. ~Abraham Lincoln
  61. Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow. ~Chinese Proverb
  62. Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself. ~Thomas J. Watson Sr.
  63. One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. ~Arnold Glasow
  64. Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  65. 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
  66. People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. ~John Maxwell
  67. Personally, I like it much better when someone else does the decision making. That way you have legitimate grounds to whine and complain. I tend to find both whining and complaining quite interesting and amusing, though sometimes~~unfortunately~~it’s hard to choose which one of the two I want to do. Sigh. LIfe can be so tough sometimes. ~Brandon Sanderson, Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bones
  68. Power isn’t control at all ~power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own. ~Beth Revis, Across the Universe
  69. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~Leonardo daVinci
  70. So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work. ~Peter Drucker
  71. Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today. ~Robert McKee
  72. The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of like is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give. ~William Arthur Ward
  73. The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes. ~Tony Blair
  74. The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and the self~restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it. ~Theodore Roosevelt
  75. 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
  76. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. ~Colin Powell
  77. 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
  78. 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
  79. The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision. ~Ken Blanchard
  80. The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist. ~Eric Hoffer
  81. 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
  82. The leadership instinct you were born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it. ~Elaine Agather
  83. The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. ~William Arthur Ward
  84. The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them. ~Ralph Nichols
  85. The only way to do great work is to love the work you do. ~Steve Jobs
  86. 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
  87. The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet. ~Reverend Theodore Hesburgh
  88. There is no persuasiveness more effectual than the transparency of a single heart, of a sincere life. ~Joseph Berber Lightfoot
  89. To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  90. To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
  91. To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way. ~Pat Riley
  92. True leadership lies in guiding others to success. In ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well. ~Bill Owens
  93. We know that leadership is very much related to change. As the pace of change accelerates, there is naturally a greater need for effective leadership. ~John Kotter
  94. When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out. ~Napoleon Bonaparte
  95. You are good. But it is not enough just to be good. You must be good for something. You must contribute good to the world. The world must be a better place for your presence. And the good that is in you must be spread to others…. ~Gordon B. Hinckley
  96. 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
  97. 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
  98. You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
  99. You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out. ~Steve Jobs
  100. Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. ~Bill Gates
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