Inspiring Leadership Quotes From History

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Generation after generation has produced many great leaders. Each has paved the way for those that follow, leading crowds of people toward goal fulfillment and worthy causes. What every leader has in common is the fact that all manage to take action, make an impact, and inspire others to do the same.

We remember the actions of several great leaders, but we remember the words of an elite few. The following quotes are inspirational words from history that still influence people today.

  • “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” — John C. Maxwell
  • “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” — William Arthur Ward
  • “Leadership is an action, not a position.” — Donald McGannon
  • “A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” — Arnold H. Glasow
  • “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” — Max Lucado
  • “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” — Peter F. Drucker
  • “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” — Sheryl Sandberg
  • “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” — Dolly Parton
  • “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” — Steve Jobs
  • “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” — Colin Powell
  • “The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” — Kenneth Blanchard
  • “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
  • “The distance between number one and number two is always a constant. If you want to improve the organization, you have to improve yourself and the organization gets pulled up with you.” — Indra Nooyi
  • “I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” — Ralph Nader


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