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- …

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.

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  • 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. “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. “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. “He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.” —Aristotle
  • 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. “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. “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. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” —Bill Gates
  • 9. “Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
  • 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. “If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” —Maya Angelou
  • 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. “The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” —Harvey Firestone
  • 14. “Leaders aren’t born, they are made.” —Vince Lombardi
  • 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. “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. “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. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” —John Quincy Adams
  • 19. “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.” —Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 20. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” —Steve Jobs
  • 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. “Lead me, follow me or get out of my way.” —Warren Bennis
  • 23. “If you have no character to lose, people will have no faith in you.” —Mahatma Gandhi
  • 24. “Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • 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. Follow PGi’s CEO @bolandjones on Twitter for more leadership tips and quotes.