People power – Motivational Leadership Quotes

Whether you’re leading a huge team or just trying to climb the career ladder in the name of People power, these inspirational and motivational management quotes can help provide some useful wisdom on how best to deploy your leadership strategy.

Sometimes all the inspiration you need can be found in a few simple words of wisdom – a single idea can really change the way we think, the way we feel, and the way we live.

Here are 52 of our favorite inspiring leadership quotes for work to empower you and your team throughout each week of the year:

  1. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” ~ John C. Maxwell
  2. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” ~ Jimmy Dean
  3. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” ~ Vince Lombardi
  4. “There is little success where there is little laughter.” ~ Andrew Carnegie
  5. “Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it.” ~ Charles Swindoll
  6. “Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” ~ Henry Ford
  7. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” ~ Albert Einstein
  8. “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
  9. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ~ William Arthur Ward
  10. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
  1. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” ~ Albert Einstein
  2. “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” ~ Dalai Lama
  3. “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” ~ Woody Allen
  4. “You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~ Christopher Columbus
  5. “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” ~ Jim Rohn
  6. “There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” ~ Aristotle
  7. “Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.” ~ Ancient Indian Proverb
  8. “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” ~ Sheryl Sandberg
  9. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” ~ Joshua J. Marine
  10. “Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” ~ Jamie Paolinetti
  11. “I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
  1. “The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.” ~ Chinese Proverb
  2. “Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” ~ Gloria Steinem
  3. “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” ~ Beverly Sills
  4. “You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.” ~ Doug Floyd
  5. “In teamwork, silence isn’t golden. It’s deadly.” ~ Mark Sanborn
  6. “The secret is to work less as individuals and more as a team. As a coach, I play not my eleven best, but my best eleven.” ~ Knute Rockne
  7. “I don’t want yes-men around me. I want everyone to tell the truth, even if it costs them their jobs.” ~ Samuel Goldwyn
  8. “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles, but today it means getting along with people.” ~ Mohandas Gandhi
  9. “I’m not the smartest fellow in the world, but I sure can pick smart colleagues.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
  10. “Power isn’t control at all~ power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own.” ~ Beth Revis

  1. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
  2. “Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
  3. “Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” ~ John C. Maxwell
  4. “Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.” ~ John C. Maxwell
  5. “Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.” ~ Colin Powell
  6. “Do you know that one of the great problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas?” ~ Margaret Thatcher
  7. “A leader is a dealer in hope.” ~ Napoleon
  8. “The day the soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”~ Colin Powell
  9. “I cannot give you a formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: try to please everybody.” ~ Herbert Bayard Swope
  1. “The challenge of leadership is to be strong but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” ~ Jim Rohn
  2. “Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar.” ~ Orrin Woodward
  3. “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.” ~ Steve Jobs
  4. “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” ~ Andy Warhol
  5. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle
  6. “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” ~ Van Gogh
  7. “The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.” ~ Linus Pauling
  8. “Dealing with complexity is an inefficient and unnecessary waste of time, attention and mental energy. There is never any justification for things being complex when they could be simple.” ~ Edward de Bono
  9. “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” ~ George S. Patton
  10. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” ~ Peter Drucker
  11. “”When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.” ~ Henry J. Kaiser
  12. “Earn your leadership every day.” ~ Michael Jordan

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