15 of the best quotes on leadership

Throughout history, great leaders have helped shape history. Here are some of the best quotes on leadership you’ll find on the web:


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

John Buchan

2. “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”

Theodore Roosevelt

3. “To lead people, walk beside them … As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate … When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!”


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

Harold R. McAlindon

5. “If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants.”

Isaac Newton

6. “I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.”

Everett Dirksen

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

8. “In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”

Eric Hoffer

9. “The price of greatness is responsibility.”

Winston Churchill

10. “I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?”

Benjamin Disraeli

11. “Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.”

Albert Schweitzer

12. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

John F. Kennedy

13. “The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on.”

Walter Lippman

14. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

John Quincy Adams

15. “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure: which is: Try to please everybody.”

Herbert B. Swope