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A list of the best leaders and leadership quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous leaders and leadership quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic leaders and leadership quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational leaders and leadership quotes from that same writer.

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The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground. Winston Churchill

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Every private in the French army carries a Field Marshall wand in his knapsack. Napoleon Bonaparte

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Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them. Robert Jarvik

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I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion's roar. Winston Churchill

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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

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There are many elements to a campaign. Leadership is number one. Everything else is number two. Bertolt Brecht

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Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. Augustine of Hippo

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Every ruler is harsh whose laws is new. Aeschylus

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When firmness is sufficient, rashness is unnecessary. Napoleon Bonaparte

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A leader is a dealer in hope. Napoleon Bonaparte

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If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

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Six traits of effective leaders: 1. Make others feel important 2. Promote a vision 3. Follow the golden rule 4. Admit mistakes 5. Criticize others only in private 6. Stay close to the action Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire. Christian Nevell Bovee

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An order that can be misunderstood will be misunderstood. Napoleon Bonaparte

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I must follow the people. Am I not their leader? Benjamin Disraeli

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If you lead the people with correctness, who will dare not be correct? Confucius

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When we think we lead we are most led. George Gordon Noel Byron^! 6th Baron Byron

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Men are lead by trifles. Napoleon Bonaparte

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Each person must decide for himself what he wants each day. As a leader, I will expose you to the options and the likely consequences of those options. I'll even share my opinion if asked, but I'll never confuse it with the opinion, which simply doesn't exist. Wayne Dyer

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Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Peter Drucker

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You do not lead by hitting people over the head -- that's assault, not leadership. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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To be a leader of men one must turn one's back on men. Havelock Ellis

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I've always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team. Lee Iacocca

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'Tis a dainty thing to command, though 'twere but a flock of sheep. Miguel de Cervantes

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Tell a person they are brave and you help them become so. Thomas Carlyle

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The successful man doesn't use others, other people use the successful man, for above all the success is of service. Mark Caine

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Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God. Henry Kissinger

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We are reformers in the spring and summer, but in autumn we stand by the old. Reformers in the morning, and conservers at night. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit. Arnold H. Glasgow

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I don't believe in just ordering people to do things. You have to sort of grab an oar and row with them. Harold Geneen

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Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey. Denis Diderot

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Leadership is not magnetic personality--that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not making friends and influencing people --that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. Peter Drucker

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

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Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Doing what's right isn't the problem. It is knowing what's right. Lyndon B. Johnson

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If I advance, follow me! If I retreat, kill me! If I die, avenge me! Fran├žois de La Rochefoucauld

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Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision. Henry Kissinger

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No affection and a great brain, these are the people to command the world. Benjamin Disraeli

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The measure of a great leader, is their success in bringing everyone around to their opinion twenty years later. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving. Henry Ford

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The first thing a great person does, is make us realize the insignificance of circumstance. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The person who renders loyal service in a humble capacity will be chosen for higher responsibilities, just as the biblical servant who multiplied the one pound given him by his master was made ruler over ten cities... B. C. Forbes

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To lead people walk behind them. Laozi

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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. Laozi

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I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people. Mahatma Gandhi

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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

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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 is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves. Laozi

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Most of the ladies and gentlemen who mourn the passing of the nation's leaders wouldn't know a leader if they saw one. If they had the bad luck to come across a leader, they would find out that he might demand something from them, and this impertinence would put an abrupt and indignant end to their wish for his return. Lewis Lapham

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The leader can never close the gap between himself and the group. If he does, he is no longer what he must be. He must walk a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert. Vince Lombardi

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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