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My Leadership Quotes

My collection of leadership quotes (with author and source) collected from books, conversations, training, and of course, the internet. Enjoy!

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A good leader encourages followers to tell him what he needs to know, not what he wants to hear.

— John C. Maxwell, author

Competence goes beyond words. It�s the leader�s ability to say it, plan it, and do it in such a way that others know that you know how–and know that they want to follow you.

— John C. Maxwell, author

Smart leaders believe only half of what they hear. Discerning leaders know which half to believe.

— John C. Maxwell, author

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

— John F Kennedy (1917-1963), American President

If your actions inspire others to dream more, to learn more, to do more, and to become more, then you have become a leader.

— John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), American President

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.

— Kenneth H. Blanchard, The One Minute Manager (1982)

Leaders make things possible. Exceptional leaders make them inevitable.

— Lance Morrow, American writer for Time magazine, journalist, speechwriter, political advisor)

A good leader must be harder on himself than on anyone else. He must first discipline himself before he can discipline others. A man should not ask others to do things he would not have asked himself to do at one time or another in his life.

— Lombardi, Vince (1913-1970), The Essential Vince Lombardi (2003)

Leadership rests not only on outstanding ability, but on commitment, loyalty, pride, and followers ready to accept guidance.

— Lombardi, Vince (1913-1970), The Lombardi Rules (2003)

Leadership, with the willingness to use it, is based upon truth and character. It must have truth in its purpose and willpower in its character.

— Lombardi, Vince (1913-1970), The Essential Vince Lombardi (2003)
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