Leadership Quotes

By | November 16, 2016

What chance gathers she easily scatters. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Go to the people. Learn from them. Live with them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. The best of leaders when the job is done, when the task is accomplished, the people will say we have done it ourselves. – Lao Tzu

Be known for pleasing others, espcecially if you govern them…Ruling others has one advantage: you can do more good than anyone else. – Baltasar Gracián

A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible. – Polybius


If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams

In governing, don’t try to control. – Tao Te Ching

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. – George Patton

It is impossible to imagine anything which better becomes a ruler than mercy. – Seneca

Let him who would be moved to convince others, be first moved to convince himself. – Thomas Carlyle

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward. – Ovid

Be willing to make decisions. That’s the most important quality in a good leader. – George S. Patton

Any one can hold the helm when the sea is calm. – Publilius Syrus

The power is detested, and miserable the life, of him who wishes to be feared rather than to be loved. – Cornelius Nepos

The people follow the example of those above them. – Chinese Proverb

No man can stand on top because he is put there. – H. H. Vreeland

Ill can he rule the great that cannot reach the small. – Edmund Spenser

Misfortunes, untoward events, lay open, disclose the skill of a general, while success conceals his weakness, his weak points. – Horace

In this world a man must either be an anvil or hammer. – Henry W. Longfellow

Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise. – Woodrow Wilson

Where there is no vision, the people perish. – Proverbs 29:18

Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in. – Andrew Jackson

Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow. – Chinese Proverb

It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself. (Absurdum est ut alios regat, qui seipsum regere nescit.) – Latin Proverb

He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. – Aristotle

When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Resist your time – take a foothold outside of it. – Lord Acton

Men are governed only by serving them; the rule is without exception. – V. Cousin

The greater a man is in power above others, the more he ought to excel them in virtue. None ought to govern who is not better than the governed. – Publilius Syrus

No general can fight his battles alone. He must depend upon his lieutenants, and his success depends upon his ability to select the right man for the right place. – Philip Armour

A leader is a dealer in hope. – Napoleon Bonaparte

To be a great leader and so always master of the situation, one must of necessity have been a great thinker in action. An eagle was never yet hatched from a goose’s egg.- James Thomas

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent. – Abraham Lincoln

What you cannot enforce, Do not command. – Sophocles

A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him. – General Douglas MacArthur

A bold onset is half the battle. – Giuseppe Garibaldi

There is always room for a man of force and he makes room for many. Society is a troop of thinkers and the best heads among them take the best places. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

There go the people. I must follow them for I am their leader. – Alexandre Ledru-Rollin

The real leader has no need to lead — he is content to point the way. – Henry Miller

Learn to see things backwards, inside out, and upside down. – John Heider, Tao of Leadership

Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

He who has learned how to obey will know how to command. – Solon

While a good leader sustains momentum, a great leader increases it. – John C. Maxwell

To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult. – Friedrich Nietzsche