Being a writer isn’t all about doing it yourself, or writing in a solitary garret somewhere. In the modern world of self-publishing, you need to assemble a team of professionals to help you produce the best book possible: an editor, a cover designer, possibly a book designer or layout artist, maybe a PR person or marketing team. You may even end up adding a virtual assistant to help you with all the duties that come with running your own business, which being a full-time author is!

But when you assemble this team, you also take on a new role: leader. If you’ve never been in a leadership role before, this can be daunting. Even if you’re a seasoned leader, you can always learn and grow, becoming more inspiring and effective.

We’ve rounded up 31 amazingly inspirational quotes about leadership to help you move your career forward, whether you’re managing a team of two or two hundred.

A leader is a dealer in hope.
 — Napoleon Bonaparte
If you think you’re leading and turn around to see no one following, you’re just taking a walk.
 — Benjamin Hooks
The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
 — Ray Kroc
People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.
 — John C. Maxwell
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
 — John F. Kennedy
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
 — Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily, even if you had no title or position.
 — Brian Tracy
Example is not the main thing in influencing Others. It is the only thing.
 — Albert Schweitzer
Earn your leadership every day.
 — Michael Jordan
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
 — Max Lucado
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
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
 — Bill Gates
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
 — Steve Jobs
Control your own destiny or someone else will.
 — Jack Welch
To do great things is difficult, but to command great things is more difficult.
 — Friedrich Nietzsche
Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
 — Vince Lombardi
A leader is best when people barely know he exists; when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
 — Lao Tzu
The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible.
 — Dwight D. Eisenhower
He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.
 — Solon
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.
 — John Quincy Adams
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
Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.
 — Norman Schwartzkopf
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
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
 — Theodore Roosevelt
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
 — Maya Angelou
Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar.
 — Orrin Woodward
The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
 — Ken Blanchard
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right thing.
 — Peter Drucker
Communication is the language of leadership.
 — James Hume

Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.
 — Bill Bradley

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