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Famous Leadership Quotes

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Great leaders use quotes to reinforce their message and to also encourage and motivate people around them.

The following is a collection of famous leadership quotes. They bring a pool of wisdom accumulated over the years from unforgettable leaders.

Famous Leadership Quotes

The essence of leadership is not giving things or even providing visions. It is offering oneself and one’s spirit.  

 Lee Bolman and Terrance Deal

Personality can open doors. Only character can keep them open.

Elmer Letterman

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

        John F. Kennedy

Purpose is the still point - the peaceful center around which all dynamic leadership revolves.

Rob Hawthorne


Want to lead with purpose? Serve with your whole heart.

Joe Eastman


It’s amazing how many cares disappear when you decide not to be something, but to be someone. 

Coco Chanel

Famous Leadership Quotes

The only real training for leadership is leadership.

Anthony Jay

The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they surpass him or her in knowledge and ability.  

Fred A. Manske

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

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.

Stephen R. Covey


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

Arnold Glasow

Famous Leadership Quotes

 A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others see.

Leroy Eimes

A good leader can’t get too far ahead of his followers.

Franklin D. Roosevelt


You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.

Anthony D’Angelo


Help others get ahead. You will always stand taller with someone else on your shoulders.

Bob Moawad


A true leader has to have a genuine open-door policy so that his people are not afraid to approach him for any reason.

Harold Geneen


Leadership is getting people to work for you when they are not obligated. 

Fred Smith

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