Quotes on Leadership

"Leadership is influence." - John C. Maxwell

"The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already." ~ John Buchan

"The beauty of empowering others is that your own power is not diminished in the process." ~ Barbara Colorose

"Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." ~ Jack Welch

"Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere." ~ Ronald Reagan

“Men can be stimulated to show off their good qualities to the leader who seems to think they have good qualities.” - John Richelsen

“Leadership is influencing a community to follow Jesus.” — Dan Kimball

“Leadership is influence. Leadership says, 'Here’s where we’re going, here’s how we’ll get there, and these are the values we’ll take with us.'” — Jake Perk

“Leadership is the ability to know where you’re going and take others with you.” — Rick Wood

“Leadership is the ability to energize human communities by painting a picture of the preferable future and empowering people to sculpt activities to match the picture.” — Tammy Kelley

“Leadership is the ability to influence people and motivate them to do what needs to be done to accomplish a goal, vision, or mission.” —Robert Johnson

“Leadership is the ability to inspire others to follow you. A leader never pushes or pulls. A leader moves, and those around him fall in behind and go with him wherever he takes them because they trust him.” — Brian Cameron

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor. That sums up the progress of an artful leader.” — Max DePree

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” — Bill Gates

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." ~ John Quincy Adams

"Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow." ~ Vince Lombardi

"Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail." ~ Napoleon Hill

"Losers visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success." ~ William S. Gilbert

"I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure: which is: Try to please everybody." ~ Herbert B. Swope

"A failure is a man who has blundered but is not capable of cashing in on the experience." ~ Elbert Hubbard

"Leaders take eagles and teach them to fly in formation." ~ D. Wayne Calloway

"Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there." ~ Virginia Burden

"The era of the rugged individual is giving way to the era of the team player. Everyone is needed, but no one is necessary." ~ Bruce Coslet

"No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it."
~ H.E. Luccock

"Teams share the burden and divide the grief." ~ Doug Smith

“A leader’s credibility begins with personal success. It ends with helping others achieve personal success. To gain credibility, you must consistently demonstrate three things:
1. Intitiative: You have to get up to go up.
2. Sacrifice: You have to give up to go up.
3. Maturity: You have to grow up to go up.”

- John C. Maxwell

“A boss says, ‘Go.’ A leader says, ‘Let’s go.’” - John C. Maxwell

“Civilization is always in danger when those who have never learned to obey are given the right to command.” - Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

“Being one step ahead makes you a leader… Being fifty steps ahead could make you a martyr.” - John C. Maxwell

“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 (former chairman of IBM)

“The best teacher for a leader is evaluated experience.” - John C. Maxwell

“The best way to lead people into the future is to connect with them deeply in the present." - James Kouzes

"Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration — of oneself and of others. Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes. Leadership is not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others. It is an attitude, not a routine." ~ Lance Secretan

"The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt." ~ Frederick Buechner

"We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results." ~ Herman Melville

Check out this link for more quotes.