Extraordinary Leadership: 15 Great Leadership Quotes

These quotes from inspiring business leaders have become our favorite ones to share as part of our extraordinary leadership workshops and when we work with senior team leaders to build high performing teams. What we know about inspiration is that it comes in many forms: quotes, pictures, acts of kindness, overcoming adversity, experience, etc. We hope these quotes inspire you to improved leadership performance as you continue your extraordinary leadership journey!

  • “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”—John C. Maxwell 
  • “Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.” —Brian Tracy
  • “Leadership is influence.” —John C. Maxwell
  • “The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” —Kenneth Blanchard
  • “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”—Jim Rohn
  • “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” —Bill Gates
  • “The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership”. —Harvey Firestone
  • “The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision”. —Kenneth Blanchard
  • “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”–Oprah Winfrey
  • “Believe that there are no limitations, no barriers to your success – you will be empowered and you will achieve.”–Ursula Burns
  • “It’s not the strongest or the most intelligent who survive, but those most adaptive to change. Over the past 10 years, the need for, and focus on, adaptability has accelerated.”–Ken Chenault
  • “Lead by listening – to be a good leader you have to be a great listener.” –Richard Branson 
  • “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.”–Tom Peters
  • “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.” –Jeff Bezos
  • “Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.” –Malcolm Forbes

We would love to hear from you. What are your favorite quotes about leadership?