30 Powerful Quotes about Leadership

Rachid Sakara
Sep 28, 2018 · 4 min read

To become one of the world greatest leaders it’s never been an easy task — it takes courage, hard work and risk-taking.

Leadership is not easy and that’s why we’re not all leaders. It’s the ability to impact people and make the difference.

This is not my own opinion but the opinion of people who experienced that position.

As a leader you have to be responsible, aware of what you’re standing for, not complain about problems and challenges instead; you’re a solution finder.

As a leader you have to inspire other people or your employees for example to take action and execute on the goals of the business.

As a leader, everything starts with you and that’s why you should go first and confront your fears.

You know what, there’s a long list of what you should have as a leader. But the good news is that leadership can be learned, and it can be improved as well.

Below are some of the most inspiring quotes about leadership:

  1. “The leader is one who, out of the clutter, brings simplicity… out of discord, harmony… and out of difficulty, opportunity.” — Albert Einstein
  2. Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.” — Seth Godin
  3. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”John Quincy Adams
  4. “Communication is the most important skill any leader can possess.” — Richard Branson
  5. “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make better.” — Steven Jobs
  6. “Part of company culture is PATH-DEPENDENT — It’s the lesson you learn along the way.” — Jeff Bezos
  7. “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” — Jack Welch
  8. “Leadership is an action, not a position.” — Alexander the Great
  9. “A strong leader avoids becoming over-confident to the point of impaired judgment.” — Daniel Lubetzky
  10. “The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.” — Sheryl Sandberg
  11. “If you want to build something great, you should focus on what the change us that you want to make in the world.” — Mark Zuckerberg
  12. “Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determinations.” — John Seaman Garns
  13. “A leader is one who knows the way, goas the way, and shows the way.” — John C. Maxwell
  14. “Leaders come in two flavors, expanders and containers. The best leadership teams have a mix of both.” — Barbara Corcoran
  15. “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” — Warren Buffett
  16. “It’s not about money or connections — It’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone.” — Mark Cuban
  17. “If I won’t be myself, who will” — Alfred Hitchcock
  18. “People who succeed at the highest level are not lucky; they’re doing something different than everyone else.” — Tony Robbins
  19. “Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowing acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for other’s success, and then standing back and letting them shine.” — Chris Hadfield
  20. “Obstacles are things a person see when he takes his eyes off his goal.” — E. Joseph Cossman
  21. “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.” — Alexander the Great
  22. “Whenever you do a thing, Act as if all the world were watching.” — Thomas Jefferson
  23. “People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  24. “Leadership is not about a tittle or designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers.” — Robin S. Sharma
  25. “The art of communication is the language of leadership.” — James Humes
  26. “Whenever you do a thing, Act as if all the world were watching.” — Thomas Jefferson
  27. “The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there. People will follow.” — Seth Godin
  28. “The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.” — Faye Wattleton
  29. “The secret of a leader lies in the tests he has faced over the whole course of his life and the habit of action he develops in meeting those tests.” — Gail Sheehy
  30. “Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.” — Margaret Thatcher

Which one of these quotes resonates with you most and which skill(s) you think it’s crucial for every leader? Share your thoughts below!

Rachid Sakara

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Web & Mobile developer, blogger, and author at Smashing Magazine. I enjoy building web & mobile applications people love to use. http://rachidsakara.github.io

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