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Best 25 Quotes about Leadership – Wise and Inspirational


There is an English saying: You can’t be everybody’s darling. Applied to leadership this means that leaders are not necessarily liked by everybody.

200 years ago, Abraham Lincoln worded his enigma very wisely: You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time but you can never please all of the people all of the time.

Leadership quote: Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you - Margaret ThatcherCollage of Shutterstock images; Foreground: mast3r, Background: EDHAR

Being a leader is often a very lonely job and not many are born to be a leader. Leaders rarely receive appraisal; they are expected to inspire other people, to nurture their dreams, happily carry the burden of responsibility, and much more.

This is a collection of the 25 best inspirational and motivational quotes for leaders about leadership, its hardships, and its solaces. Enjoy and feel inspired, and keep going!

A good leader is as good as half an army.
German Proverb
When the best leader’s work is done the people say,
‘We did it ourselves.’

Laozi
(6th century BC, philosopher of ancient China)
Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
Publilius Syrus
(1st century BC, Latin writer of maxims)
I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion
than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, prince de Talleyrand
(1754-1838, French diplomat)
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more,
do more and become more, you are a leader.

John Quincy Adams
(1767-1848, sixth President of the United States)
A leader is a dealer in hope.
Napoleon Bonaparte
(1769-1821, French military and political leader)


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3 Responses to “Best 25 Quotes about Leadership – Wise and Inspirational”

  1. John Lydgate
    8 January 2015 at 9:21 pm #

    Lincoln didn’t say that (exactly).

  2. Granddad
    4 July 2015 at 1:45 am #

    Above it says: “200 years ago, Abraham Lincoln worded his enigma very wisely: You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time but you can never please all of the people all of the time.” I DON’T THINK SO! 200 years ago was 1815 – Lincoln was born 1809; I doubt that we often see/hear this kind of rhetoric from a six year old. Maybe about 150 years ago???

  3. Gordon Robb
    21 September 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    Lincoln actually says “You can FOOL some of the people……” It has since become popularly Miss-quoted.

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