The greatest asset for any organization are its employees, however it takes a great leader to manage them – and the business – to success. There are many books available in the market on how to be better leader, but there are simple, yet motivational quotes that might show you a vision and help you revise your current leadership strategy, and renew your passion to lead.

30 Best Quotes

Below are 30 best quotes on leadership to live by:

1- “The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority.” – Kenneth H. Blanchard

2- “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” –  Warren Bennis

3- “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch

4- “Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.” – Brian Tracy

5- “Leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing.” –  Mary D. Poole

6- “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

7- “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” – Jack Welch

8- “Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” -George S. Patton Jr.

9- “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker

10- “Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.” – Seth Godin

11- “Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity” – Reed Markham

12- “The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there. People will follow.” – Seth Godin

13- “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

14- “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple

15- “Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy.” – US General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

16- “The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.”– former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger

17- “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” – Jim Rohn, entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker

18- “If you think you are leading and turn around to see no one following, then you are just taking a walk.” – Benjamin Hooks, retired director of the NAACP

19- “The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.” – Ralph Nichols

20- “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

21- “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

22- “Very few of the great leaders ever get through their careers without failing, sometimes dramatically” – Phil Crosby

23- “The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.” – Tony Blair

24- “The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.” – Eric Hoffer

25- “Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.” – Brian Tracy

26- “Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.” – Stephen Covey

27- “He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.” – Solon

28- “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

29- “Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” – John C. Maxwell

30- “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln

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