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50 Leadership Quotes To Inspire The Leader Within You

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Last Updated on 28 January, 2021
50 Leadership Quotes To Inspire The Leader Within You

Leadership quotes are the footprints and learnings of the great leaders, who have contributed to the world with their innotivative ideas and persistent hardwork. A good leader quotes' to inspire and instill a sense of purpose among people.

Every human has an urge to lead, to inspire, to contribute for the greater good. It can be in your daily roles as a homemaker, a student or a manager delegating and managing tasks in an organization. There is always a leader within us who is trying to break boundaries and set examples. But leadership is not a cakewalk, leaders should have the necessary qualities to help them succeed in their respective fields.

To inspire and keep the leader in you alive, here is the list of 50 good leadership quotes from the greatest leaders around the world.


A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. - John C Maxwell

Don't follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you. - Margaret Thatcher

A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will all say: We did it ourselves. - Lao Tzu

Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.- Elon Musk

As we look ahead onto the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. - Bill Gates


If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself. - Jim Rohn

Leadership is not a popularity contest; it's about leaving your ego at the door. The name of the game is to lead without a title. - Robin S. Sharma

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it. - Andrew Carnegie

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. - Warren Bennis

For the success of any mission, it is necessary to have creative leadership. Creative leadership is vital for government, non-governmental organizations as well as for industries. - A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


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

Leadership is a choice, not a position. - Stephen Covey

Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance. - J. Donald Walters

A real leader uses every issue, no matter how serious and sensitive, to ensure that at the end of the debate we should emerge stronger and more united than ever before. - Nelson Mandela

Great leaders can see the greatness in others when they can’t see it themselves and lead them to their highest potential they don’t even know.” - Roy T. Bennett


A leader should be visionary and have more foresight than an employee. - Jack Ma

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. - John F. Kennedy

Leadership is solving problems. 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 or conclude you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. - Colin Powell

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes. - Peter F. Drucker

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


Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. - Winston Churchill

Integrity is the most valuable and respected quality of leadership. Always keep your word. - Brian Tracy

Leadership is the ability to guide others without force into a direction or decision that leaves them still feeling empowered and accomplished. - Lisa Cash Hanson

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

Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile. - Vince Lombardi


It doesn’t matter when we start.
It doesn’t matter where we start.
All that matters is that we start. - Simon Sinek

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

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

You need a commitment that is long term and a commitment to leadership because that's the only way you build excellence. - Azim Premji


Integrity, insight, and inclusiveness are the three essential qualities of leadership. - Sadhguru

Leadership is a choice, not a position. - Stephen Covey

Management is about persuading people to do things they do not want to do, while leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could. - Steve Jobs

You have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate. - Jeff Bezos

Being a good listener is absolutely critical to being a good leader; you have to listen to the people who are on the front line. - Richard Branson


A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves. - Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Great leaders have three things; inner light, inner vision, and inner strength. - Amit Ray

Great leaders do not fear challenges, because challenges do not break leaders but sharpen them. - Gift Gugu Mona

The greatest gift of leadership is a boss who wants you to be successful. - Jon Taffer


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

Leadership is having a compelling vision, a comprehensive plan, relentless implementation, and talented people working together. - Alan Mulally

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

I think one of the keys to leadership is recognizing that everybody has gifts and talents. A good leader will learn how to harness those gifts toward the same goal. - Ben Carson

Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things. - Jesse Jackson


I never stopped trying to become qualified for the job. - Darwin E. Smith

Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to think we need the feminine qualities of leadership, which include attention to aesthetics and the environment, nurturing, affection, intuition and the qualities that make people feel safe and cared for. - Deepak Chopra

A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could. - Zig Ziglar

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. - Steve Jobs

Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work. - Seth Godin

This article is written by Braja Deepon Roy. He works as a Content Creator and Digital Marketer at Vantage Circle. He actively participates in the growth of corporate culture and keeps himself updated in this space. For any related queries, contact