Leadership Quotes Worth Considering

What people don’t understand is that a leader isn’t a leader until someone believes in him.  A leader has to communicate that he is worth following. JoJo Tabares

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.  Dwight D. Eisenhower

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.  Harry S. Truman

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.  Warren G. Bennis

Leadership is influence.  John Maxwell

Leadership is intentional influence.  Michael McKiney

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.  Ken Blanchard

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

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

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.  General Colin Powell

I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and heroic followership can be.  Warren Bennis

The first responsibility of a leader is define reality.  The last is to say thank you.  In between, the leader is a servant.  Max DePree

My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.  General Montgomery

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

. . . whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.  Jesus Christ

4 replies
  1. Mike Friesen
    Mike Friesen says:

    Gary –

    Thank you for the great list of quotes.

    Reminds me of the need for courage in leadership as well … a mentor once said, “Bad news doesn’t get better with time.” His point was to courageously, kindly keep the communication channels open.



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