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23 Leadership Quotes To Help You Grow & Inspire Others

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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The following leadership quotes are the beliefs of many successful leaders, innovators, experts, pioneers and mentors from around the world.

This collection of leadership quotes will help you grow and inspire others around you.

Below are 18 leadership quotes to live by:

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“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”- Sheryl Sanberg

 

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“People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together.” – Michelle Obama

 

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“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

 

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

 

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“A leader is a dealer in hope.”- Napoleon Bonaparte

 

Jack Welch Leadership Quote

 

 

 

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch

 

Martin Luther King Jr Leadership Quote

 

 

 

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King

 

Henry Ford Leadership Quote

 

 

 

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

 

Charles Swindoll Leadership Quote

 

 

 

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” – Charles Swindoll

 

Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Quote

 

 

 

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Jim Collins Leadership Quote

 

 

 

“‘Good’ is the enemy of ‘Great.'” – Jim Collins

 

John Quincy Adams Leadership Quote

 

 

 

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

 

Ralph Nichols Leadership Quote

 

 

 

“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.” – Ralph Nichols

 

Helen Keller Leadership Quote

 

 

 

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson Leadership Quote

 

 

 

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Steve Jobs Leadership Quote

 

 

 

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

 

Max Lucado Leadership Quote

 

 

 

“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” – Max Lucado

 

Charles Darwin Leadership Quote

 

 

 

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin

 

Lao Tzu Leadership Quote

 

 

 

“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.” – Lao Tzu

 

William Arthur Ward Leadership Quote

 

 

 

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward

 

Maya Angelou Leadership Quote

 

 

 

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

 

Jim Rohn Leadership Quote

 

 

 

“Help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.” Jim Rohn

 

Margaret Mead Leadership Quote

 

 

 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Which one of the 23 leadership quotes above was your favorite?

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 200 million lives in the last 10 years.

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. khushi

    Nov 16, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    amazing quotes on leadership which helps to everyone and also inspirational. thanku for sharing

  2. kentjulian

    Jan 14, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    All great quotes. Love the Swindoll one most…something we can all apply ever single day.

  3. Kenton Williams

    Nov 27, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Joel, you did a great job compiling this list of inspirational quotes. Very inspiring! Thank you!

  4. Lekan

    Jul 30, 2013 at 11:02 am

    i like what martin luther said, our live begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter, such as happen to me sometimes ago. Thank God i could move on

  5. Saad

    Jul 29, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Awesome collection of leadership quotes. Love this quote:
    “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”

  6. Megan MacLeod (@megpie_)

    Jul 9, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Amazing, totally relevant quotes. Haven’t heard some of these before. Definitely sharing 🙂 My favorite is Darwin for sure.

  7. Rishikesh Huddar (@rishksd)

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Yeah. I liked what Eleanor Roosevelt said “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart”.

    • irma n joel gonzalez

      Jul 24, 2013 at 1:01 am

      Indeed…awesome ill 2nd that…

  8. JJ Wong

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Great quotes.

    Love the quote: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

    Inspiring people. 🙂

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4. “I dyed my hair this crazy red to bid for attention. It has become a trademark, and I’ve got to keep it this way.”

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For example, Ball’s natural hair colour was a light to medium brown with reddish tones. Early in her career, she bleached it blonde in hopes of being able to compete with the plethora of bombshell blondes of the era. She eventually realised, however, she needed to stand out, not blend in!

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5. “The more things you do, the more you can do.”

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