Quotes on Team Leadership

Team Leadership Quotes


Some people are born leaders while others realize their leadership abilities while they take a leadership role when the situation demands it from them. Leadership abilities exist within us all. This potential can be released by external events or can be learned by exploring ourselves from within.

Because leadership is not telling others what to do but inspiring others to do what needs to be done; we have put together these following quotes to inspire you to unlock the leader within you.

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“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”
– Nelson Mandela

“When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.’ “
– Lao Tzu

“Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”
– Colin Powell

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”
– Henry Ford

“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.”
– Max Lucado

“Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skilful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”
– Harry S. Truman

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

“In giving us children, God places us in a position of both leadership and service. He calls us to give up our lives for someone else’s sake – to abandon our own desires and put our child’s interests first. Yet, according to His perfect design, it is through this selflessness that we can become truly fulfilled.”
– Charles Stanley

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

“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

“Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.”
– John D. Rockefeller

“When you’re in a leadership role, you can never please all of the people all of the time. There’s also a lot of responsibility that goes along with it that others may not realize.”
– Joyce Meyer

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”
– John C. Maxwell

“The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers. Are the followers reaching their potential? Are they learning? Serving? Do they achieve the required results? Do they change with grace? Manage conflict?”
– Max de Pree

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.”
– Andrew Carnegie

“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.”
– Henry A. Kissinger

“Mandela’s heroism is the heroism of a man who suffered so badly for what he thought of as freedom. And yet when he had the upper hand he has this incredible self-control and these incredible leadership qualities.”
– Bono

“The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.”
– Tony Blair

“Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things.”
– Jesse Jackson

“I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.”
– Queen Elizabeth II

“In fair weather prepare for foul.”
– Thomas Fuller

“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.”
– Sam Walton

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
– John F. Kennedy

“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”
– Norman Schwarzkopf

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

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”
– Steve Jobs

“To succeed in business it is necessary to make others see things as you see them.”
– Aristotle Onassis

“If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.”
– William James

“Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.”
– Paul Hawken


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