Leadership Quotes: Guidance for Todays Leaders

Empower your leadership journey with quotes from successful leaders. Gain insights to lead effectively and inspire others.

Image of Margaret Heffernan
I'm all for ambition and stretch goals. I set them for myself. But leadership isn't the same as cheerleading. Believing in something is a necessary but absolutely insufficient condition for making it come true.
- Margaret Heffernan
Collection: Leadership
Image of Robert Kiyosaki
Military school was great and especially great for leadership and then I spent two years in Vietnam.
- Robert Kiyosaki
Collection: Leadership
Image of Steve Ballmer
I think our leadership team is a highly accountable leadership team.
- Steve Ballmer
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Image of Kim Jong-un
Success in the revolution and construction depends on how a party, the General Staff of the revolution, is built and on how its leadership role is enhanced.
- Kim Jong-un
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Image of Jimmy Johnson
I think as far as any kind of pressure on a football team or on an individual in professional sports really depends not only on that individual but the leadership they have on the team and the leadership they have on the coaching staff. A lot of times, they can divert some of those pressures off of the individual and off of the team.
- Jimmy Johnson
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Image of Pete Domenici
Instead of begging OPEC to drop its oil prices, let's use American leadership and ingenuity to solve our own energy problems.
- Pete Domenici
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Image of Tom Lantos
The Chinese leadership hoped that the world would soon forget the Tiananmen Square massacre. Our job in Congress is to ensure that we never forget those who lost their lives in Tiananmen Square that day or the pro-democracy cause for which they fought.
- Tom Lantos
Collection: Leadership
Image of Robert Kennedy
We in the United States believe in the protection of minorities; we recognize the contributions that they can make and the leadership that they can provide; and we do not believe that any people - whether majority or minority, or individual human beings - are 'expendable' in the cause of theory or of policy.
- Robert Kennedy
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Image of Virginia Foxx
From a parent's right to know what their children are doing, to protecting citizens across the country from the growing threat of gang violence, the House Democrat leadership is simply out to lunch.
- Virginia Foxx
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Image of Ken Blanchard
One of the topics I'm most passionate about is servant leadership - the greatest leaders recognize that they're here to serve, not to be served.
- Ken Blanchard
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Image of Bob Feller
There was great leadership in this country at the time of World War II. There was also unrelenting resolve at home, in America's factories and on the farms, in the cities and the country.
- Bob Feller
Collection: Leadership
Image of Paul Tsongas
I want to deploy the leadership to meet the challenges that face us and to restore America's greatness.
- Paul Tsongas
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Image of Michelle Bachelet
As a vibrant force in civil society, women continue to press for their rights, equal participation in decision-making, and the upholding of the principles of the revolution by the highest levels of leadership in Egypt.
- Michelle Bachelet
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Image of Horst Koehler
Germany must be a country which generates political ideas and leadership, which is capable of compromise, which is sovereign and yet knows that it needs its partners on both sides of the Atlantic.
- Horst Koehler
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Image of Henry Cuellar
My focus as part of the leadership is to keep talking about the independent voters, independent voters - how do we get the independent voters back?
- Henry Cuellar
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Image of Robert Kennedy
In government, our chief executives have been lawyers. The great majority of our cabinets and congresses are and have been men trained in the law. They have provided the leadership and the statecraft and the store of strength when it was needed.
- Robert Kennedy
Collection: Leadership
Image of Billy Collins
If an artist is driven primarily by social responsibility, I think the art probably suffers because, again, just as leadership has a rather defined end point or purpose, social responsibility would seem to have a very clear moral context.
- Billy Collins
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Image of Madeleine Albright
Maybe if everybody in leadership was a woman, you might not get into the conflicts in the first place. But if you watch the women who have made it to the top, they haven't exactly been non-aggressive - including me.
- Madeleine Albright
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Image of Mike Quigley
Too often, advances in civil rights or women's rights are undermined by wrong-headed legislation or weak-kneed political leadership.
- Mike Quigley
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Image of Bertolt Brecht
There are many elements to a campaign. Leadership is number one. Everything else is number two.
- Bertolt Brecht
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Image of Susan Rice
I think most Americans understand that we went through a period in which American leadership was judged quite critically internationally.
- Susan Rice
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Image of Franz von Papen
Party domination and State leadership are concepts incompatible with one another.
- Franz von Papen
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Image of Mario Monti
So I think democracy, in the long-term, in our countries will survive if it comes to be associated with leadership, will not survive if democracy plus media brings to us more and more followship rather than leadership.
- Mario Monti
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Image of Michael D. Higgins
I am delighted with the strong vote I have received. My message of positive leadership, patriotism and commitment clearly was resonating with tens of thousands of ordinary Irish people.
- Michael D. Higgins
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Image of Lewis Howes
As a business owner, leadership is more than just telling others what to do. Leadership is about the investment we make into others and the responsibilities we accept for being the voice and direction that others count on.
- Lewis Howes
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Image of Joe Lonsdale
Palantir owes much of its success to the amazing talent of the first 30-40 technologists who joined the company, as well as to the internal leadership that helped motivate this core group to achieve its ambitious goals and to continue to attract extraordinary people.
- Joe Lonsdale
Collection: Leadership
Image of Chris Hadfield
I think there are lots of ways to exercise ambition and accomplish things using leadership without going into elected politics. So, categorically, I have no intention of going into elected politics. None.
- Chris Hadfield
Collection: Leadership
Image of Margaret J. Wheatley
I'm sad to report that in the past few years, ever since uncertainty became our insistent 21st century companion, leadership has taken a great leap backwards to the familiar territory of command and control.
- Margaret J. Wheatley
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Image of Drew Gilpin Faust
I think the most important leadership lessons I've learned have to do with understanding the context in which you are leading. Universities are places with enormously distributed authority and many different sorts of constituencies, all of whom have a stake in that institution.
- Drew Gilpin Faust
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Image of Li Peng
Comrade Deng Xiaoping - along with other party elders - gave the party leadership their firm and full support to put down the political disturbance using forceful measures.
- Li Peng
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Image of Jerrold Nadler
We have to go to war against the people who enable the gun violence, the people who stop us from keeping guns out of the hands of mentally unstable people, of felons, and that means the NRA leadership.
- Jerrold Nadler
Collection: Leadership
Image of Charles Williams
The Divine Thing that made itself the foundation of the Church does not seem, to judge by his comments on the religious leadership of his day, to have hoped much from officers of a church.
- Charles Williams
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Image of Bob Ehrlich
I don't know what leadership is. You can't touch it. You can't feel it. It's not tangible. But I do know this: you recognize it when you see it.
- Bob Ehrlich
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Image of Herman Cain
The one thing that the President can do is to establish a real energy independence plan. We have all the recources we need right here in this country to establish energy independence if we had the leadership.
- Herman Cain
Collection: Leadership
Image of Theo James
In Britain, you do your job. When you do an American TV show, there is a sense of being one with the crew, and there is a leadership element, which was a learning curve for me because it is very different culturally. In Britain, you just do it, leave and say, 'Thanks.'
- Theo James
Collection: Leadership
Image of Kirk Cousins
And I think at the end of my life, it's not going to be about what I did for myself, but what I did for others. Maybe it's staying after practice to do hand signals with the guys to help them get caught up to speed. To make it about others - I think that's what leadership is all about, quarterbacking is all about.
- Kirk Cousins
Collection: Leadership
Image of Roger Goodell
We're in a leadership position in sports. People look up to the National Football League.
- Roger Goodell
Collection: Leadership
Image of Russell Wilson
My height doesn't define my skill set. To be a great quarterback, you have to have great leadership, great attention to detail and a relentless competitive nature - and I try to bring that on a daily basis.
- Russell Wilson
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Image of Scott Brown
For many members of Congress, the time for choosing is near - do what the party leadership demands, or do what the people have asked you to do. If my colleagues don't mind some advice from a newcomer, I'd suggest going with the will of the people.
- Scott Brown
Collection: Leadership
Image of Chris Sacca
The day after Donald Trump was elected, Chinese business leaders, including the heads of Baidu, stood up and gave a speech saying, 'Come to China and build your company now.' The cognitive dissonance of that was amazing for some of us to think we might be losing our leadership role in building companies.
- Chris Sacca
Collection: Leadership
Image of Peer Steinbruck
Europe is difficult to coordinate, and our main deficit may not even lie in this area of finance and economics, but in foreign and security policy. We have a leadership problem because we are still 27 different members who have still not decided on how to work with each other based on what we used to call a European constitution.
- Peer Steinbruck
Collection: Leadership
Image of Sheryl Sandberg
I'd like to see where boys and girls end up if they get equal encouragement - I think we might have some differences in how leadership is done.
- Sheryl Sandberg
Collection: Leadership
Image of Wilson Greatbatch
We need the kind of leadership exemplified by President Kennedy to just do it! But we must do it as good stewards, aggressively exerting control over the moon. We can best do this by going there.
- Wilson Greatbatch
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Image of John Sherman Cooper
The intelligence investigation under the leadership of Senator Church, which I know has helped cause this investigation by you, points out that the agencies did not disclose certain facts to us and that certain plots were going on.
- John Sherman Cooper
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Image of Bob Etheridge
Public office is supposed to be a public trust. This is a clear sign of the rampant corruption at the highest levels of the Republican leadership.
- Bob Etheridge
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Image of Don Nickles
And the whole world, the whole world that believes in freedom, whether you're talking about personal freedom, economic freedom, religious freedom, they look to the United States for leadership; and you're part of that leadership.
- Don Nickles
Collection: Leadership
Image of Anne M. Mulcahy
Xerox's innovative technology and service offerings - delivered through an expanding distribution system with a lean and flexible business model - continue to solidify our market leadership, driving consistently strong earnings performance.
- Anne M. Mulcahy
Collection: Leadership
Image of Deepak Chopra
There are very few good examples of effective, nurturing leadership that unlocks people's potential or even enthusiasm.
- Deepak Chopra
Collection: Leadership
Image of Rush Limbaugh
Nobody in a leadership level in American politics is trying to inspire the American people. Everybody needs to be goosed. The vast majority of people are not self-starters.
- Rush Limbaugh
Collection: Leadership
Image of David Novak
The Vatican's recognition of the State of Israel in 1997 could not have occurred without John Paul's leadership.
- David Novak
Collection: Leadership