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Leadership Quotes 2021

by | Aug 12, 2021 | Quotes

I have always believed leadership is a learnable skill. It is something you work at every day, rather than natural god-given talent. As we all navigate our leadership journey it is helpful to take inspiration and guidance from the great leaders before us. I have comprised a list of my favorite leadership quotes! Hopefully you find as much guidance as I have.

General Leadership Quotes

“Leadership is not a rank or a position to be attained. Leadership is a service to be given”

Simon Sinek

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” 

Maya Angelou

The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.

Harvey Firestone

“There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage.” 

Fuchan Yuan

“Nobody wants to show you the hours and hours of becoming. They’d rather show you the highlight of what they’ve become” Angela Duckworth

    “As human beings we have unlimited potential and imagination. The worst thing you can do is be a conformist and buy into conformity. It’s the worst possible thing. It’s better to be outrageous. It’s better to hang out with the sages, the people open to possibilities, even the psychotics. You never know where you’ll find the geniuses of our society.”

    Deepak Chopra

    “​​If you can’t swallow your pride, you can’t lead. Even the highest mountain had animals that step on it.” 

    Jack Weatherford

    Corporate Leadership Quotes

    “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower”

    Steve Jobs

    “There’s an idea I came across a few years ago that I love: My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance and in inverse proportion to my expectations. That’s the key for me. If I can accept the truth of ‘This is what I’m facing — not what can I expect but what I am experiencing now’ — then I have all this freedom to do other things.” 

    Michael J. Fox

    “Success? I don’t know what that word means. I’m happy. But success, that goes back to what in somebody’s eyes success means. For me, success is inner peace. That’s a good day for me.” 
    Denzel Washington

    Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” 

    Sheryl Sandberg

    As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”

    Bill Gates

    True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.”

    Sheryl Sandberg

    “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

    Historical Leadership Quotes

    “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world?” 
    Anne Frank

    “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” 

    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” 

    John Quincy Adams

    A leader is a dealer in hope.”
    Napoléon Bonaparte

    “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

    “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.”
    Lao Tzu

    “It is better to lead from behind and to 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

    Celebrity Leadership Quotes

    “Earn your leadership every day.” 
    Michael Jordan

    “I am lucky that whatever fear I have inside of me, my desire to win is always stronger”

    Serena Williams

    “Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”
    Coco Chanel

    “We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw

    little torches out to lead people through the dark.”

    Whoopi Goldberg

    “Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.”

    Will Smith

    “Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of.”
    Angeline Jolie

    “Failure is a great teacher and, if you are open to it, every mistake has a lesson to offer.”
    Oprah Winfrey

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