Quotes from great leaders on leadership; take to heart and discuss.

Leaders aren’t born; they are made. And they are made just like anything else through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal or any goal.

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.

Vince Lombardi

My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.

Management is about persuading people to do things they do not want to do, while leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could.

Steven Jobs

Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.

Seth Godin

Earn your leadership every day.

Michael Jordan

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.

Ralph Nader

Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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 who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together.

Michelle Obama

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.

Max Lucado

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

Warren G. Bennis

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

Peter F. Drucker

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Don’t find fault; find a remedy.

Henry Ford

Leadership is a choice, not a position.

Stephen Covey

Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.

Oprah Winfrey

A leader is a person you will follow to a place you would not go by yourself.

Joel Barker

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

Napoleon Hill

Leadership is having a compelling vision, a comprehensive plan, relentless implementation, and talented people working together.

Alan Mulally

Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.

General Douglas MacArthur

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionable integrity.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

If you want to improve the organization, you have to improve yourself, and the organization gets pulled up with you.

Indra Nooyi

The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.

Tony Blair

You manage things; you lead people.

Grace Murray Hopper

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

Leadership is about vision and responsibility, not power.

Seth Berkley

The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.

Harvey S. Firestone

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others

Robert Louis Stevenson

Don’t follow the crowd. Let the crowd follow you.

Margaret Thatcher

I think one of the keys to leadership is recognizing that everybody has gifts and talents. A good leader will learn how to harness those gifts toward the same goal.

Dr. Ben Carson

If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself.

Jim Rohn

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

Albert Einstein

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

Winston Churchill

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or conclude you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.

Colin Powell

The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.

Ronald Reagan

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.

Sheryl Sanberg

Being a good listener is absolutely critical to being a good leader; you have to listen to the people who are on the front line.

Richard Branson

We cannot lead anyone farther than we have been ourselves.

People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision

John C. Maxwell

Leadership is an ever-evolving position.

Mike Krzyzewski

There exist limitless opportunities in every industry. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.

Charles F. Kettering

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.

Jack Welch

One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.

Arnold Glasow

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction, and the will to carry on.

Walter Lippman

The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision.

Ken Blanchard

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

Real leadership is leaders recognizing that they serve the people that they lead.

Pete Hoekstra