10 Great Leadership Quotes

All of us, in one way or another, may be called upon to lead others. Here are 10 great Leadership quotes to keep in mind.

1. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” —Benjamin Franklin

This is a great reason I like to explain the reason why things are done rather than just explaining how things are done.

2. “To add value to others, one must first value others.” —John Maxwell

If you can’t value the people you lead, how can you build the relationship necessary with them to lead them?

3. “Leaders don’t inflict pain, they share pain.” —Max Depree

I’ve worked with leaders who seemed less interested in celebrating success than in looking for opportunities to criticize and find fault. That doesn’t allow a pleasant workplace to exist.

4. “Good leaders inspire people to have confidence in the leader. Great leaders inspire people to have confidence in themselves.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

Given a choice, I’d much rather have people confident in their abilities to get the job done than in my abilities to lead them in doing so. The former results, I think, in more success.

5. “The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not?’” —Jeffrey Bezos

This one strikes me less about leadership per se, but leaders are often asked to solve problems and forge new paths to accomplish goals. In that respect, I think it’s an important reminder that there is almost always more than one way to do so.

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

That’s not to advocate breaking the rules, but sometimes there’s latitude within those boundaries to make decisions about which is more right.

7. “Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.” —Brian Tracy

It’s easy to be pessimistic, but a leader can’t afford to be.

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

When you work in an industry in which there are so many “moving parts,” as the cliché says, it’s vital to be able to reduce it down to a point where goals are easily understood.

9. “Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

We’re in a hyper-critical society these days. Worrying about criticism now would be enough to paralyze leaders. If you assume that criticism is coming regardless, you’ll be faster to act.

10. “A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.” —John Maxwell

One leader I worked for suggested that we should always treat our employees the way we’d want to be treated ourselves. This is in line with that, I think.

That’s my list, though there were many, many more that would have qualified as honorable mentions. Perhaps a second list of 10 would be in order at some point.

What’s your favorite leadership quote?

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 28 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.