Famous Leadership Quotes

These famous leadership quotes are from well-known thinkers who have produced literature on leadership.

They include quotes from Warren Bennis, John Kotter, Stephen R.Covey, Tom Peters - just to name a few. 

Famous Leadership Quotes

"Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves." - Stephen R. Covey

"He that would govern others first must be master of himself." Philip Massinger 

"There is, however, a huge difference between leadership that works and leadership that endures." - Stephen R. Covey

"The visionary leader thinks big, thinks new, thinks ahead...." - Peter Koestenbaum

"Moral authority makes formal authority work.  Formal authority without moral authority fails" - Stephen R. Covey

"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." - Warren Bennis

"The first duty of a manager is to define reality." - Peter Drucker

"When you can give yourself to work that brings together a need, your talent, and your passion, power will be unlocked." - Stephen R. Covey

"Leaders are people who do the right thing.  Managers are people who do things right." - Warren Bennis

"Can leadership be taught?  No, but it can be learned." - Stephen R. Covey

"Never tell people what to do, and they will surprise you with their engenuity." - General George S. Patton

"Leadership is getting people to want to do what needs to be done." - Warren Bennis 

"The test of any leader is not what he or she accomplishes.  It is what happens when they leave the scene." - Peter Drucker

"Great leaders get extraordinary results from ordinary people." - John Mariotti

"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." - John C. Maxwell

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

"A true leader inspires followers.  Someone who has no followers can hardly be called a leader." - John MacArthur

"Leading well is not about enriching yourself -- it's about empowering others." - John C. Maxwell

"Leaders don't create followers.  Leaders create other leaders." - Tom Peters

"Learn to lead people.  Working with different kinds of people is the hardest thing about business." - Robert Kiyosaki

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