15 Best Leadership Quotes


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15 Best Leadership Quotes

  1. You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can’t sit on it for long. ~Boris Yeltsin
  2. There go the people. I must follow them for I am their leader. ~Alexandre Ledru-Rollin
  3. Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. ~John C. Maxwell
  4. 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. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
  5. Men are governed only by serving them; the rule is without exception. ~V. Cousin
  6. Go to the people. Learn from them. Live with them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. The best of leaders when the job is done, when the task is accomplished, the people will say we have done it ourselves. ~Lao Tzu
  7. A leader is a dealer in hope. ~Napoleon Bonaparte
  8. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. ~John Quincy Adams
  9. The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. ~Kenneth Blanchard
  10. Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t! ~Margaret Thatcher
  11. Leadership, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it. ~Henry Mintzberg
  12. Leadership is action, not position ~ Donald H. McGannon
  13. It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. ~Nelson Mandela
  14. It is impossible to imagine anything which better becomes a ruler than mercy. ~Seneca
  15. The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why ~ Warren Bennis

by Amanda Patterson

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