62 Best Quotes about Leadership

Leadership Quote of the Day

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I, therefore, intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt. - Barack Obama, American President

Not everyone is born to be a leader. Leadership is a strong character trait and there are very few people who are blessed with this quality. It is leaders who created history, have shaped the present, and will decide the course of future. Leadership quotes talk about this supreme quality – “who are leaders, what are their traits, and why are leaders followed and always cherished”.

Leaders are visionaries. They see the future and pave the path for others to follow. As leaders we can motivate others to dream big, learn and do more and become an inspiration for others. Leaders influence others to achieve their goals. Leaders act as a motivational force for people to come together, think on the same lines, and work for a common goal. It is leadership that runs organizations, endeavors and nations.

Many a times, we may be ignorant about the leadership quality that we have in ourselves. We may think ourselves as a follower. Reading quotes about leadership can help us identify our leadership quality and leverage it to achieve our objectives in both our personal and professional life.

When a man assumes leadership, he forfeits the right to mercy. - Gennaro Angiulo, Criminal

Sitting at a candidate rally is similar to sitting in a ballyard. Both give you the opportunity to assess the technical metrics and reflect on the intangibles - what baseball calls 'make up' and politics calls 'character' - the leadership, talent and maturity to add value to a venture. - Christine Pelosi

Opportunity Quotes, Character Quotes, Talent Quotes, Maturity Quotes, Politics Quotes

There are very few good examples of effective, nurturing leadership that unlocks people's potential or even enthusiasm. - Deepak Chopra

Enthusiasm Quotes, Potential Quotes


It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. - Nelson Mandela

Anger Quotes

A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better. - Jim Rohn

Help Quotes

Business social responsibility should not be coerced; it is a voluntary decision that the entrepreneurial leadership of every company must make on its own - John Mackey

Business Ethics Quotes, Business Quotes, Company Quotes, Decision Quotes, Responsibility Quotes

I think America has more than enough maturity and intelligence to start exercising its world leadership responsibly. - Cristina Kirchner

Intelligence Quotes, Maturity Quotes

Across Africa there is what I call a colonialist mentality or orthodoxy. Orthodoxy in the sense that a lot of things have gone wrong in Africa in the post-colonial period. And time and time again, any time something went wrong, the leadership claims that it was never their fault. - George Ayittey, Economist

Time Quotes, Aim Quotes

I think what actually works best is local-level individual targeting of key leadership nodes. - John Abizaid, Soldier

Work Quotes

A functioning, robust democracy requires a healthy educated, participatory followership, and an educated, morally grounded leadership. - Chinua Achebe, Writer

Health Quotes, Democracy Quotes

There was no imminent threat. This was made up in Texas, announced in January to the Republican leadership that war was going to take place and was going to be good politically. This whole thing was a fraud. - Edward Kennedy

War Quotes

Each one of us, and, indeed, all those who aspire to national leadership must bring their own visions, views and styles to the business of reforming Nigeria, and the search for solutions. - Ibrahim Babangida, Statesman

Business Quotes, Reform Quotes, Vision Quotes

To meet the expectations of the majority of our people, and to open up new vistas of economic opportunity so that the aspirations of Nigerians can stand a fair chance of being fulfilled in a lifetime, there must be a truly committed leadership in a democratic Nigeria. - Ibrahim Babangida, Statesman

Life Quotes, Opportunity Quotes, Aspiration Quotes, Expectations Quotes

The topic of leadership is a touchy one. A lot of leaders fail because they don't have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord. Throughout my years, I haven't had that fear. - Kobe Bryant, Athlete

Brave Quotes, Fear Quotes

But I do not believe that the world would be entirely different if there were more women leaders. Maybe if everybody in leadership was a woman, you might not get into the conflicts in the first place. But if you watch the women who have made it to the top, they haven't exactly been non-aggressive - including me. - Madeleine Albright , Statesman

Women Quotes, Conflict Quotes

I urge the Iraqi leadership for sake of its own people... to seize this opportunity and thereby begin to end the isolation and suffering of the Iraqi people. - Kofi Annan , Statesman

Opportunity Quotes, Suffering Quotes

As the Palestinian leadership never seems to pay any penalty for its words, America's seriousness about the peace process is in doubt. - Elliott Abrams, Lawyer

Doubt Quotes

The Washington leadership has put aside non-proliferation programmes and devoted its energies and resources to driving the country to war by extraordinary deceit, then trying to manage the catastrophe it created in Iraq. - Noam Chomsky

Life Quotes, War Quotes

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. - Stephen Covey, Businessman

Management Quotes, Discipline Quotes

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

Learning Quotes

Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it. - Marian Anderson, Musician

Understanding Quotes

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

Choice Quotes

In a world of complex threats, our security and leadership depends on all elements of our power - including strong and principled diplomacy. - Barack Obama, American President

Power Quotes, Security Quotes

Maybe if everybody in leadership was a woman, you might not get into the conflicts in the first place. But if you watch the women who have made it to the top, they haven't exactly been non-aggressive - including me. - Madeleine Albright , Statesman

Women Quotes, Conflict Quotes

Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow - Vince Lombardi, Coach

Business Solution Quotes, Spiritual Quotes, Power Quotes

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

Time Quotes

I am convinced that your Mayor must take the leadership role in education too. - Alan Autry, American Actor

Education Quotes

I am not in favour of quotas. Just put the best person into the job. It is not about gender; it is about experience, leadership and vision. - Angela Ahrendts , American Businesswoman

Experience Quotes, Vision Quotes

Leadership demands that we make tough choices. - Alan Autry, American Actor

Choice Quotes

As a vibrant force in civil society, women continue to press for their rights, equal participation in decision-making, and the upholding of the principles of the revolution by the highest levels of leadership in Egypt. - Michelle Bachelet, Politician

Decision Quotes, Women Quotes, Revolution Quotes

Leadership requires the courage to make decisions that will benefit the next generation. - Alan Autry, American Actor

Decision Quotes, Courage Quotes

Especially if you don't have a job that's providing fulfillment in your technical expertise, there is a lot of reward to working on a very smart and demanding community that will respect you and will give you leadership and authority based on what you do. - Mitchell Baker, Businesswoman

Work Quotes, Respect Quotes, Authority Quotes, Community Quotes, Fulfillment Quotes

The democratic idealist is prone to make light of the whole question of standards and leadership because of his unbounded faith in the plain people. - Irving Babbitt, Critic

Faith Quotes

It's a tremendous responsibility to be direct descendants of the prophet Muhammad. This family has had the burden of leadership on its shoulders for 1,400 years. I'm not going to drop the ball on my shift. - Abdallah II of Jordan, Jordanian Leader

Responsibility Quotes

On the other hand, the waging of peace as a science, as an art, is in its infancy. But we can trace its growth, its steady progress, and the time will come when there will be particular individuals designated to assume responsibility for and leadership of this movement. - Fredrik Bajer, Writer

Responsibility Quotes, Time Quotes, Art Quotes, Science Quotes

I think our leadership team is a highly accountable leadership team. - Steve Ballmer, Businessman

Accounting Quotes

I took a gamble to exercise leadership without losing my feminine nature. - Michelle Bachelet, Politician

Exercise Quotes, Nature Quotes

If I were not African, I wonder whether it would be clear to me that Africa is a place where the people do not need limp gifts of fish but sturdy fishing rods and fair access to the pond. I wonder whether I would realize that while African nations have a failure of leadership, they also have dynamic people with agency and voices. - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Writer

Failure Quotes, Wonder Quotes

Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of awareness where we experience values like truth, goodness, beauty, love and compassion, and also intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention. - Deepak Chopra

Spiritual Quotes, Truth Quotes, Values Quotes, Awareness Quotes, Beauty Quotes, Experience Quotes, Attention Quotes, Religious Quotes

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I, therefore, intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt. - Barack Obama, American President

American Quotes, Failure Quotes, Effort Quotes

I 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

Intuition Quotes, Attention Quotes

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

In addition to removing our democratically elected government, Israel wants to sow dissent among Palestinians by claiming that there is a serious leadership rivalry among us. I am compelled to dispel this notion definitively. - Ismail Haniyeh

Aim Quotes, Dissent Quotes

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. - Peter Drucker, Businessman

Management Quotes

Leadership is something I was born with. - Carmelo Anthony , Athlete

No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings. - Peter Drucker, Businessman

Genius Quotes, Organize Quotes

We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK. That's not leadership. That's not going to happen. - Barack Obama, American President

Time Quotes

There's a very big gulf between the black civil rights leadership in America and the black middle class in America. The black middle class are conservative. Many of those minorities can be persuaded to be members of the Republican Party. - Pete du Pont

Minorities Quotes

I definitely wasn't cool in high school. I really wasn't. I did belong to many of the clubs and was in leadership on yearbook and did the musical theater route, so I had friends in all areas. But I certainly did not know what to wear, did not know how to do my hair, all those things. - Dianna Agron, Actress

Yearbook Quotes, Music Quotes

We in the press, by our power, can actually undermine leadership. - Christiane Amanpour, Journalist

Power Quotes

4 Top quotes about Leadership by Gerry Adams

The Irish Republican Army has kept every commitment made by its leadership. - Gerry Adams, Politician

Commitment Quotes

For good or ill, I'm a person of leadership. I do my best. I don't dodge responsibility. - Gerry Adams, Politician

Responsibility Quotes

At that time, the army leadership said the implementation of this agreement would allow everyone, including the IRA, to take its political objectives forward by peaceful and democratic means. - Gerry Adams, Politician

Time Quotes

Sinn Fein has demonstrated the ability to play a leadership role as part of a popular movement towards peace, equality and justice. - Gerry Adams, Politician

Ability Quotes, Equality Quotes, Justice Quotes

4 Famous quotes about Leadership by Buzz Aldrin

Absolutely the United States should lead in space, for the survival of the United States. It's inspiring for the next generation. If we lose leadership, then we'll be using Chinese capability to inspire Americans. - Buzz Aldrin , Astronaut

American Quotes, Inspirational Quotes, Ability Quotes

Globalisation means many other countries are asserting themselves and trying to take over leadership. Please don't ask Americans to let others assume the leadership of human exploration. We can do wonderful science on the Moon, and wonderful commercial things. Then we can pack up and move on to Mars. - Buzz Aldrin , Astronaut

American Quotes, Wonder Quotes, Science Quotes

The way I see it, what is going to come out of the moon activities is a respect for U.S. leadership. - Buzz Aldrin , Astronaut

Respect Quotes

Going back to the moon is not visionary in restoring space leadership for America. Like its Apollo predecessor, it will prove to be a dead end littered with broken spacecraft, broken dreams and broken policies. - Buzz Aldrin , Astronaut

Dreams Quotes, Vision Quotes

4 Success Leadership Quotes

I think leadership is knowing what you want to achieve and then purposefully and sensibly taking steps to achieve it, remembering always that you have got to bring people with you if you are seeking to be a successful political leader. - Tony Abbott, Politician

Success Quotes, Purpose Quotes

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. - Stephen Covey, Businessman

Success Quotes, Management Quotes

I think that in any group activity - whether it be business, sports, or family - there has to be leadership or it won't be successful. - John Wooden

Success Quotes, Business Quotes

But no nation can base its survival and development on luck and prayers alone while its leadership fritters away every available opportunity for success and concrete achievement. - Ibrahim Babangida, Statesman

Success Quotes, Achievement Quotes, Opportunity Quotes, Luck Quotes, Prayer Quotes