Words have a powerful effect on our personalities. Words spoken at the right time by the right people can have a powerful impact. It can shape up the vision of the people. Words aspire us to do new things, to take new steps, to break new grounds and to go beyond what we seek. If it wasn’t for such motivational or inspirational words, we wouldn’t have been the leaders we always sought out to be. 

It was the words of some great leaders that shaped up our very perception. And these words of motivation from history’s best leader kept us on the right track and encouraged us to move forward. 

Entrepreneurs have a goal. We are driven with an innate motivation to create something we believe needs to exist. The inner drive to make it possible required ingenuity, creativity & effective leadership qualities.

Mentors inspired us at the hour of our need. So we want to inspire you just like the way we once were inspired. This is a cumulative choice of some of the best leadership quotes to help you feel inspired. 

Best Leadership Quotes to Help You Gain Inspiration

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists…when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will all 

say: We did it ourselves.” Lao-Tzu, an ancient philosopher and founder of Taoism

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffett, investor

“Management is doing the right thing; leadership is doing the right things.”— Peter F. Drucker

“One of the most important things for any leader is to never let anyone else define who you are. And you define who you are. I never think of myself as being a woman CEO of this company. I think of myself as a steward of a great institution.” – Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM

“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”— Vince Lombardi, American football coach, and NFL executive.

“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.” — Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States.

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.”

Andrew Carnegie, 19th-century business magnate, and philanthropist.

“You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.” – Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company

“In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” – Harry Truman, former U.S. President

“Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.” Chris Hadfield,  astronaut and former Commander of the International Space Station

“Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.” – Tom Landry, former Dallas Cowboys coach

“Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.” — Mwai Kibaki, Kenyan politician

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi, legendary Green Bay Packers coach

“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, South African political leader.

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan, Hall of Fame basketball superstar.

“A leader is someone who holds her- or himself accountable for finding the potential in people and processes.”— Brené Brown, research professor, and best-selling author.

“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” – Gen. Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State

“Leadership is the challenge to be something more than average” — Jim Rohn, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker.

“To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn’t know where he is going.” – Joe Namath, former New York Jets quarterback

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” – Malala Yousafzai, activist

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”— Billie Jean King, tennis champion

“If you don’t believe in yourself, why is anyone else going to believe in you.” – Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback.

These are some of the most inspirational leadership quotes that I found motivational enough coming from where history recognized ultimate leaders. Do you want to add a few of your own?


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