Below are a selection of some of my favorite leadership quotes that I have encountered recently in books, newsletters, classes attended, podcast, blogs, twitter etc. Many times a good quote can be a catalyst to remind us of lessons learned that we need to reapply to our leadership anew or it can be a catalyst to learn something entirely new that we have never considered before. It is my hope you will find at least a couple of these an inspiration to lead your team with a new and fresh perspective today.


  • Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do. Because then they will act.   Jack Welch
  • Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you have no title or position.   Brian Tracy
  • In the end, people are persuaded not by what we say, but by what they understand.   John C. Maxwell
  • Failure is success if we learn from it.   Malcolm Forbes
  • If you keep your feathers well oiled the water of criticism will run off as from a duck’s back.  Ellen HS Richards
  • Connecting is never about me. It’s about the person with whom I am communicating.   John Maxwell
  • Leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.   Stephen Covey
  • Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.   John Wooden
  • Keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.   George Bernard Shaw
  • The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.   Helen Keller
  • All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.   T.E. Lawrence
  • You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.   John Wooden
  • Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. Peter Drucker
  • We need to stop spending so much time trying to make ourselves look more interesting and start spending more time being interested.  Jim Collins
  • Leadership is a potent combination of strategy & character. But if you must be without one be without strategy. Norman Schwarzkopf.
  • Every great organization is the lengthened shadow of a single man. His character determines the character of his organization.  R W Emerson

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