Nelson Mandela // 📸 : Mirrorpix/Newscom/The Mega Agency
Nelson Mandela // 📸 : Mirrorpix/Newscom/The Mega Agency

Quotes About Leadership to Help Inspire Ourselves and Others

These 10 quotes from notable leaders consider what it takes to motivate people to be their best selves.

“Earn your leadership every day.” — Basketball great Michael Jordan

“A leader is a dealer in hope.” — French military commander Napoleon Bonaparte

“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.” — Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu

“You have to be honest with people. You have to have great respect for yourself. If you see something that is not right, you must do something about it.” — Najavo Nation tribal leader Annie Dodge Wauneka

“A leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.” — Former South African President Nelson Mandela

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” — Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr

“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made like anything else, through hard work.” — NFL coach Vince Lombardi

“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” — Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell

“Progress comes from caring more about what needs to be done than about who gets the credit.” — Civil rights activist Dorothy Height

“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” — Writer Maya Angelou

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