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Famous Leadership Quotes

A warm welcome to the famous leadership quotes section of the web site. On this page I list famous quotes on leadership or quotes on leadership from famous people.

Many quotes on leadership I find to be quite inspiring and they often motivate me. Others are educational and help me learn important lessons. Please take a read through and let me know which have most meaning to yourself.

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Famous Leadership Quotes…

“The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.”
– Tony Blair

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
– Steve Jobs

“Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob”
– Oscar Wilde

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”
– Winston Churchill

“If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants.”
– Isaac Newton

“I always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics.”
– Barack Obama

“It is time for a new generation of leadership, to cope with new problems and new opportunities. For there is a new world to be won.”
– John F. Kennedy

“When building a team, I always search first for people who love to win. If I can’t find any of those, I look for people who hate to lose.”
– H. Ross Perot.

“The challenges of change are always hard. It is important that we begin to unpack those challenges that confront this nation and realize that we each have a role that requires us to change and become more responsible for shaping our own future.”
– Hilary R. Clinton.

“Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy.”
– H.Norman Schwarzkopf

“You don’t need a title to be a leader.” – Anonymous

“A leader is someone who knows what they want to achieve and can communicate that. But you will only succeed if you know what you are doing is right and you know how to bring out the best in people.”
– Margaret Thatcher

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”
– Dwight D. Eisenhower

“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

Famous Leadership Quotes from Henry Kissinger

“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.”

“You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time.”

“A great leader must be an educator, bridging the gap between the vision and the familiar. But he must also be willing to walk alone to enable his society to follow the path he has selected.”

Famous Leadership Quotes by Lao Tzu

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him… But of a good leader who talks little when his work done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, “We did it ourselves.””

“To lead people walk behind them.”

Famous Leadership Quotes by Peter Drucker

“Leadership is not rank, privileges, title or money. It is responsibility.”

“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.” – Peter Drucker


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