10 of the best quotes on leadership

Understanding what it means to be a leader is the first step towards becoming one. Here are 10 of the best quotes on leadership that will help you gain insight into what makes a great leader:

 

1. “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

Thomas Jefferson

2. “Those who let things happen usually lose to those who make things happen.”

Dave Weinbaum

3. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

 Winston Churchill

4. “In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”

Theodore Roosevelt

5. “Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50% of your time in leading yourself—your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20% leading those with authority over you and 15% leading your peers.”

Dee Hock

6. “All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.”

John Kenneth Galbraith

7. “The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.”

John Buchan

8. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

9. “Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.”

General Douglas MacArthur

10. “Leadership must be based on goodwill. Goodwill does not mean posturing and, least of all, pandering to the mob. It means obvious and wholehearted commitment to helping followers. We are tired of leaders we fear, tired of leaders we love, and of tired of leaders who let us take liberties with them. What we need for leaders are men of the heart who are so helpful that they, in effect, do away with the need of their jobs. But leaders like that are never out of a job, never out of followers. Strange as it sounds, great leaders gain authority by giving it away.”

Admiral James B. Stockdale