Being a leader can be lonely. No matter how large your team is, sometimes it’s just you. Sometimes you need to look inside yourself for the inspiration and motivation to conquer the challenges. Or you can find personal inspiration from someone how has been there and done that, WELL.
So for those times where you need all the motivation you can get, here’s a quick list of some of the most valuable quotes on leadership.
“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”
John C. Maxwell
“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.”
“The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones.”
“Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.”
“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.”
“Always remember, Son, the best boss is the one who bosses the least. Whether it’s cattle, or horses, or men; the least government is the best government.”
“Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss. Or they won’t. Who cares? Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.”
John F. Kennedy
“Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.”
“Earn your leadership every day.”
“My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.”
“I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”
“When eagles are silent, parrots begin to chatter.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“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.”
“A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason.”
“No guts, no story.”
“If you spend your life trying to be good at everything, you will never be great at anything.”
“A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them.”
“It is absolutely necessary…for me to have persons that can think for me, as well as execute orders.”
“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.”
“Consensus: The process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values, and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects; the process of avoiding the very issues that have to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead. What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner: ‘I stand for consensus?'”
“The day the soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”
“I don’t see myself being special; I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to me to do things for them, to have answers.”
“A leader is a dealer in hope.”
“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.”
“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.”
“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.”
Peter F. Drucker
“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
Feeling more motivated? Print out one of these quotes or write on the mirror, whatever it takes to remembering what it takes to becoming the best leader you can be, for you and your team!
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