leadership definition

I’m a consummate student of leadership. I have a passion for the subject and it helps drive the decisions I make in my multiple businesses. I also share a lot of posts on my social media regarding leadership. The ones I am including here are the ones that are transformative, visionary and in keeping with servant leadership.

  1. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” — Mother Teresa
  1. “Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.” — Seth Godin
  1. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
  1. “Do or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda
  1. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou
  1. “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” — Ronald Reagan
  1. “What you do has far greater impact than what you say.” — Stephen Covey
  1. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” — Abraham Lincoln
  1. “When people talk, listen completely.” — Ernest Hemingway
  1. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right thing.” — Peter F. Drucker
  1. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” — Oprah Winfrey
  1. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” —Mark Twain
  1. “The things we fear most in organizations—fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances–are the primary sources of creativity.” — Margaret Wheatley
  1. The price of greatness is responsibility.” — Winston Churchill
  1. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” —Amelia Earhart
  1. “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” — Leonardo da Vinci
  1. “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” — Warren Bennis
  1. “Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” — Henry Ford
  1. “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” — Rosalynn Carter
  1. “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” — Colin Powell
  1. “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” — Max Lucado
  1. “The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.” — George Orwell
  1. “Earn your leadership every day.” — Michael Jordan
  1. “You manage things; you lead people.” — Grace Murray Hopper
  1. The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. — Kenneth Blanchard

I hope these quotes have inspired you as much as they inspire me.


Author of “Not Your Father’s Charity: Grip & Rip Leadership for Social Impact” (Free Digital Download) 

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