Famous Leadership Quotes to Inspire and Inform You

Here is a short selection of famous leadership quotes by Business, Military and Political Leaders that help define and inspire leadership.

Business Leaders and Gurus

"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." — Peter Drucker

"No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings." — Peter Drucker

"Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not "making friends and influencing people", that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations."— Peter Drucker

"The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do."— Andrew Carnegie

"Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others."— Jack Welch

"Leadership is getting people to work for you when they are not obligated."— Fred Smith, Fedex

"Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned."— Harold Geneen

"Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall."— Stephen R. Covey

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

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Military Leaders

Here are some famous leadership quotes by Generals:

"Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it."— Dwight D. Eisenhower

"You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that's assault, not leadership."— Dwight D. Eisenhower

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.- Dwight Eisenhower

"My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence."— General Montgomery

Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.- George S. Patton

"A leader is a dealer in hope."Napoleon Bonaparte

"Never give an order that can't be obeyed."— General Douglas MacArthur

"Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand."— General Colin Powell

Political Leaders

Here are some famous leadership quotes by Politicians:

"Never . . . Never . . . Never . . . Never Give Up" - Winston Churchill

"Difficulties mastered are opportunities won." - Winston Churchill

"The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it."— Theodore Roosevelt

"People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives."— Theodore Roosevelt

"Speak Softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."— Theodore Roosevelt

The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been."— Henry Kissinger

"Men make history and not the other way around. 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

This concludes this list of famous leadership quotes.

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