Leadership is a term that is truly hard to define. it not only means different things to different people, we also feel differently about it. There are tons of books, articles, guides, videos, etc. on Leadership–and how to be a good leader. Those are all great resources to help you figure out what leadership means to you.

If you’re aspiring to be a great leader–or if you’re having trouble leading a team–it’s helpful to take a look back at old projects, notes, publications, and any other item that can help you to find what leadership means to you and the type of leader you are, or aspire to be. Another simple way to find your path or inspiration to carve that path is to read quotes from well-known leaders themselves. We’ve assembled 10 great quotes that we think will help you to get started.

Read through these and think about what resonates for you. Maybe the quote will lead you on a search for similar quotes, articles, books, and whatever else might get you in the leadership frame of mind.


“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” Martin Luther King, Jr.Click to Tweet: “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.” Elaine Agather Click to Tweet: “The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.” -Elaine Agather “The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.” Tony Blair Click to Tweet: “The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.” – Tony Blair H/T @teamgantt

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


“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.” Andrew CarnegieClick to Tweet: “No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.” – Andrew Carnegie H/T @teamgantt

“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.” Mahatma GandhiClick to Tweet: “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.” – Mahatma Gandhi H/T @teamgantt

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” John F. KennedyClick to Tweet: “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy H/T @teamgantt

“Rooting for other people’s failure does get in the way of your success.” Amy PoehlerClick to Tweet: “Rooting for other people’s failure does get in the way of your success.” – Amy Poehler H/T @teamgantt

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” Eleanor RooseveltClick to Tweet: “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” -Eleanor Roosevelt H/T @teamgantt

 “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” Lao TzuClick to Tweet: “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” -Lao Tzu

 

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