Leadership for Life – Leadership Quotes

By on January 2, 2013
Happy New Year 2013

Our Leadership experts will be sharing tips and insights for everyone, at any station in life, at both home and work. Leadership for Life – the skills you embrace represent who you really are at all times.

OK, it’s the time of the year when we look back and touch on the “best of …” or the “worst of …” from the past 12 months. I’m taking it a step further and looking at the best of all the leadership quotes I have ever come across. Here, in no particular order, are the best things about leadership ever said – and you can quote me on that.

“Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.”
– British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery

“Smart leaders believe only half of what they hear. Discerning leaders know which half to believe.”
– John C. Maxwell

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”
– President Calvin Coolidge

“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”
– President Theodore Roosevelt

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

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”
– Hall of Fame Basketball Coach John Wooden

“If you dream it, you can do it.”
– Walt Disney

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”
– Actress Katharine Hepburn

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

Are there any leadership quotes you like better? Send them to me at bschapiro@stlcc.edu. Happy New Year!

About Barry Schapiro

Barry is the Workforce Solutions Group Practice Leader for Leadership and Professional Development. His experience includes delivery and management of business training in a variety of industries, with specialties in leadership, team development, generational diversity, and customer service. Twitter


  1. Dr. Roderick Nunn

    January 2, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    One of my favorite leadership quotes is attributed to Marty Linsky, professor at JFK School of Government at Harvard. “Leadership is the art of creating disequilibrium and discomfort at a rate that people can absorb.”

  2. Stephen Gamache

    January 7, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Two insightful quotes on leadership that I really like are:

    “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” – Max DePree


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

  3. Alestar Edward

    January 23, 2013 at 11:34 am

    These leaderships quotes are indeed inspiring. I’m quite happy to discover such quotes out here. To lead my official team properly such quotes are encouraging for me. Keep up.

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