As a father, entrepreneur, Board of Education trustee, advisor, and Chairman, I am a often called upon to be leader, in many facets of life. I also firmly believe that every individual has the opportunity to become a leader, and that the very best leaders teach and inspire others to lead. Whether you are an entrepreneur yourself, the head of a family, or the head of a team in a huge company, you may often be called upon to lead. 

Here, now, are 17 quotes to inspire fantastic leadership: 

  1. "Leadership is service, not position." -Tim Fargo
  2. "A leader is a dealer in hope." -Napoleon Bonaparte
  3. "A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." -John Maxwell
  4. "No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it." -Andrew Carnegie
  5. "As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." -Bill Gates
  6. "A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."
    -Martin Luther King, Jr.
  7. "Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes." -Peter Drucker
  8. "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." -Steve Jobs
  9. "Be the chief but never the lord." -Lao Tzu
  10. "The speed of the team is the speed of the boss. "-Barbara Corcoran
  11. "Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems." -Brian Tracy
  12. "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." --John F. Kennedy
  13. "To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart." -Eleanor Roosevelt
  14. "Management is nothing more than motivating other people." -Lee Iacocca
  15. "Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall." -Stephen Covey
  16. "The price of greatness is responsibility." -Winston Churchill
  17. "The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority." -Kenneth Blanchard

What quote resonated with you the most? What makes a great leader to you? How are you going to be the best leader you can be? 

Published on: Jan 17, 2019
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