25 leadership quotes from the world's greatest leaders


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Whether you need a little leadership inspiration today or want to inspire your team and/or social networks, here are the top 25 leadership quotes from the world’s greatest leaders—past and present- courtesy of http://blog.pgi.com/ and PGi CEO @BolandJones.

25 leadership quotes from the world's greatest leaders

  1. 1. “The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.” —Sir Winston Churchill
  2. 2. “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” —Max DePree
  3. 3. “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” —Theodore Roosevelt
  4. 4. “He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.” —Aristotle
  5. 5. “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” —Rosalynn Carter
  6. 6. “Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” —Sam Walton
  7. 7. “No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.” —Andrew Carnegie
  8. 8. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” —Bill Gates
  9. 9. “Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
  10. 10. “If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.” —Benjamin Franklin
  11. 11. “If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” —Maya Angelou
  12. 12. “It is better to lead from behind and 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
  13. 13. “The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” —Harvey Firestone
  14. 14. “Leaders aren’t born, they are made.” —Vince Lombardi
  15. 15. “Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.” —Margaret Thatcher
  16. 16. “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.” —Laozi
  17. 17. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead
  18. 18. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” —John Quincy Adams
  19. 19. “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.” —Martin Luther King Jr.
  20. 20. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” —Steve Jobs
  21. 21. “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, fear diminishes; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” —Rosa Parks
  22. 22. “Lead me, follow me or get out of my way.” —Warren Bennis
  23. 23. “If you have no character to lose, people will have no faith in you.” —Mahatma Gandhi
  24. 24. “Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  25. 25. “We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing must be attained.” —Marie Curie
  26. 26. Follow PGi’s CEO @bolandjones on Twitter for more leadership tips and quotes.