Successful Leadership Quotes

Expect to be inspired!

We are all leaders of one life. Why not take a few moments to contemplate the concept, ‘successful leadership’?  Think about individuals who you feel are modelling exemplary leadership behaviour. What do you see them doing or not doing?  What do you hear them saying or not saying? Do they operate from their head and heart? Do they show signs that they trust their sixth sense, their inner knowing? Are they teachers, mentors, coaches, achievers? What makes them stand out as being a successful leader? Choose one leader who you respect and imagine what it would be like to walk one day in their shoes.

Successful leadership intrigues me. Successful leaders offer inspiration. Throughout life, I have observed, read and studied leaders and successful leadership. Studying the topic of leadership is a passion of mine.  At a very early age, I developed a sense of inner knowing; it was my job to take care of me. In order to do the best I could with what I had, I was open to learn lessons from leaders who I looked up to whether they were my Girl Guide leaders, teachers, family members or friends.

Growing up, I enjoyed keeping an eye and an ear open for inspirational stories about exemplary leaders. I read books about leaders, watched news stories and documentaries, researched articles and searched the internet. One of my favourite pass-times was chatting with my mentor, a well read man, my father (Theologian, Teacher of History, Geography and World Religions) a very wise leader. The topics we often discussed would be focused on leaders and successful leadership, past and present.

Many lessons I learned about successful leadership came through the words of many a wise sage. The purpose of today’s post is to share a little sageocracy; hoping to inspire you to reflect, stretch and grow – to become a successful leader of one unique life, your life.

Past and Present:

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Sir Winston Churchill

Attract the right people. Let them know what they have to do. Give them the tools to do the job. And when they get it done, your job as a leader is to make sure they get the credit for it. – General Rick Hillier

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. – Peter F. Drucker

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. –  Stephen R. Covey

No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings. – Peter F. Drucker

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. – Theodore Roosevelt

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it. – Theodore Roosevelt

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. – General George Patton

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. – Bill Gates

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be. – Ralph Waldo Emerso

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. – Ralph Nader

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Mayo Angelou

Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing. – Albert Schweitzer

There will always be ruthless, soul-destroying, energy-sucking people on a team. Get them out of your organization. – General Rick Hillier

The following grouping of quotes begins with Mahatma Gandhi (acknowledged for leading peaceful, non-violent movements) and includes other extraordinary leaders who were inspired by him – Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., and Albert Einstein:

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people. – Mahatma Gandhi

I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say.  Part of being an optimist is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. – Nelson Mandela

If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream. – Martin Luther King Jr.

The leader is one who, out of the clutter, brings simplicity…out of discord, harmony…and out of difficulty, opportunity. – Albert Einstein

Mind the company you keep, the words you speak and the thoughts you think.  – Rev. R. F. Haines

The Future:

Quotes by Malala Yousafzai:

We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.

One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi


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