If you type the word “leadership” into Bing, you’ll get around 41.8 million results, with many featuring leadership quotes designed to educate, inspire, and motivate. There are thousands of ways to define good leadership, which is why we see so much written on the topic.
But if you want to start somewhere, we’ve distilled things a bit for you. Here are some of the best quotes (and why we think they’re awesome) to help you in getting a grip on the meaning of good leadership.
3 of the Best Leadership Quotes of All Time
From Lao Tzu to Richard Branson, many of our great leaders have had wise and pithy words to help the rest of us become great leaders. Keep in mind when you read leadership quotes, there are many definitions of good leadership as there are leaders.
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
This is one of our favorites because it highlights teamwork. Leaders aren’t always the most skilled person in the room on everything. Sure, they have strengths but nobody is the best at everything! Good leaders bring out the best in their teams according to each member’s unique talents. Together, they form an all-encompassing super machine that excels at everything.
2. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams
This is one of those leadership quotes that says it all. We love it because JQA is telling us that leadership is about empowerment. When you have a growth and development mentality about your team, and you give them the tools to become better versions of themselves, that’s good leadership.
3. “Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” —Peter Drucker
Here again, it’s about empowerment. But in Mr. Drucker’s case, he also mentions personality. The “normal limitations” of personality would be things like sticking to just one way of communicating. Learning new ways to communicate would count as building the personality out to greater horizons, reaching further, setting your sights higher.
So there you are: words from the masters on how to lead your team. You’ll notice that the theme running through all of this is “empowerment”, which can originate from many different points. Hope you’ve enjoyed these leadership quotes, and that they inspire you to empower your team for greatness!