Top 20 Leadership Quotes to help you succeed and inspire others

Happy boss’s day. To celebrate I put together a list of some of my favorite quotes.



1. Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t. – Margaret Thatcher

2. Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. – George Washington

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

4. When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred. – Thomas Jefferson

5. When people talk, listen completely. – Ernest Hemingway

6. Those who make conversations impossible, make escalation inevitable. – Stefan Molyneux

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

8. 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

9. Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. – John F. Kennedy

10. 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

11. If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking. – George S. Patton

12. It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself. – Unknown

13. Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. – Publilius Syrus

14. Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him. – Booker T. Washington

15. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

16. Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. – Dale Carnegie

17. Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. – Abraham Lincoln

18. All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. – Calvin Coolidge

19. Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. – Peter Drucker

20. I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism. – Charles Schwab

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