20 Most Powerful Thoughts on Leadership

Whether you’re leading a huge team or just trying to move forward in your career, these quotes will give you some powerful insights and wisdom on leadership strategies. These great pieces of advice are meant to broaden your perspective and re-energize your passion to lead.

Provide Inspiration

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

2. “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis

3. "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." William Arthur Ward

Teach and Learn

4. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

5. “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams

Be Bold

6. “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” – Herbert Swope

7. “You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” – Ken Kesey

8. “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” – Max Lucado

Be Humble

9. “No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.” – Andrew Carnegie

10. “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

11. "Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another." John C. Maxwell

Listen To Your Team

12. “To lead people, walk behind them.” – Lao Tzu

13. “The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and the self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” -Theodore Roosevelt

14. "The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it." Theodore Roosevelt

Find A Balance

15. “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” – Jim Rohn

16. “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”- Norman Schwarzkopf

17. "Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them." John C. Maxwell

Tackle Challenges

18. “Don’t find fault, find a remedy.”- Henry Ford

19. “Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.” – Publilius Syrus

20. “Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity.”- Reed Markham