25 Quotes About The Importance Of Leadership

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In life, there are leaders and there are followers. Do you believe that?

It does seem like a bit of a simplification to examine our species as a whole and come to that conclusion, but in many ways it is right. Of course the point is not to take the words literally. Leaders and followers don’t refer to our positions in the workplace, but more to our personality and general outlook. Certainly there are managers who are more followers than leaders, and there are mail-room people who are born leaders. And everyone has the ability to grow from a follower into a leader and a bit part of that is inspiration. Gain for inspiration on your path as a leader through this collection of quotes on the subject.

  1. “Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou
  2. “A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them.” – M.D. Arnold
  3. “Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.” – Bill Bradley
  4. “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  5. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
  6. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates
  7. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs
  8. “Earn your leadership every day.” – Michael Jordan
  9. “Leadership is an ever-evolving position.” – Mike Krzyzewski
  10. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln
  11. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi
  12. “Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.” – John C. Maxwell
  13. “To add value to others, one must first value others.” – John Maxwell
  14. “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision”. – John Maxwell
  15. “Leadership is an action, not a position.” – Donald McGannon
  16. “Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” – George Patton
  17. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand
  18. “You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go.” – Jeanette Rankin
  19. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller
  20. “Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  21. “Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” – Albert Schweitzer
  22. “It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.” – Adlai E. Stevenson II
  23. “Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it.” – Charles Swindoll
  24. “If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see.” – Henry David Thoreau
  25. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward