21 famous leadership quotes

In preparing to become a successful business leader one of the most important things is to learn how to become an inspiration to others. There is a fine line between good and great leaders, yet not many of us manage to cross it. For this article we’ve put together 21 famous leadership quotes which will change the way you see leadership. We hope that these short inspirational quotes will help you become a better leader, a better person, and a better entrepreneur.

1. “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)

2. “To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.” (Friedrich Nietzche)

3. “A leader is a dealer in hope.” (Napoleon Bonaparte)

4. “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock” (Thomas Jefferson)

5. “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat”. (Ronald Reagan)

6. “He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.” (Aristotle)

7. “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” (Theodore Roosevelt)

8. “A leader . . . is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.” (Nelson Mandela)

9. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” (Steve Jobs)

10. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

11. “A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.” (Jim Rohn)

12. “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” (John Maxwell)

13. “Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” (Vince Lombardi)

14. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” (Bill Gates)

15. “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” (Jack Welch)

16. “Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.“ (John Maxwell)

17. “Without initiative, leaders are simply workers in leadership positions.” (Bo Bennett)

18. “Great leaders help their people see how they can directly impact the company’s objectives and their own personal goals.” (Chip Conley)

19. “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” (Tom Peters)

20. “Self-centered leaders manipulate when they move people for personal benefit. Mature leaders motivate by moving people for mutual benefit.” (John Maxwell)

21. “Great leaders don’t need to act tough. Their confidence and humility serve to underscore their toughness.” (Simon Sinek)