This collection of leadership quotes is a great source of inspiration. If there is a great quote we missed, please add it in the comments below.
Quotations can be a powerful part of your personal leadership development plan. Taking a few quotes from people you admire and spending some time, deeply thinking about them, can help you better understand the mindset behind the leader. Over the course of a year, you can cover a number of leadership quotes and develop a much better understanding of the person who said it how their perspective applies to your leadership style.
When nothing is sure, everything is possible.
This quote speaks to the possibilities that exist when you and your team don’t have a bunch of preconceived ideas. Everyone is limited by what they are sure is possible. Without those barriers, the glass ceiling goes away.
In matters of style, swim with the current;
In matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Thomas Jefferson’s gives a strong reminder about when to be flexible and when to stand strong. To often people are rigid on their style and flexible on their principles–the exact opposite of what he recommends.
And when we think we lead, we are most led.
Leadership is a give and take process.
The only real training for leadership is leadership.
If you want to lead you have to practice leading. Classroom experience isn’t nearly as valuable as actually leading people and learning from your mistakes.
The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.
Kissinger knew that it was no great feat to get people to do something they had done before. Real leadership skill is getting them to do something they haven’t ever done or aren’t even sure is possible.
People are more easily led than driven.
~David Harold Fink
This leadership quote is an excellent reminder that leading is different than forcing people to do what you say.
Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.
This is a reminder to see things from the perspective of the people whose lives we impact–a very important lesson for leaders in any position.