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Leadership Quotes

It can be difficult to be a leader–sometimes you have to voice an unpopular opinion or take a stand with little or no support. Our collection of leadership quotes come from men and women the world over who have successfully led countries, businesses, and religious congregations. Their leadership quotes and sayings will inspire you to take a leadership role in areas in your own life, whether it’s within your family, workplace, church community or wider world.


 Courage is courageous. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened. 
- Reverend Billy Graham, author and evangelist
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 Everyone has influence, no matter what your personality type or career, no matter whether you are rich or poor, married or single, young or old. The question is nto whether or not you have influence, but what you will do with the influence you have. 
- Joe Girardi, New York Yankees manager
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 You never diminish yourself when you praise another. 
- submitted by Bill Simmons of Lexington, Kentucky
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 Leadership means getting people to think, believe, see and do what they might not have without you. It means possessing the vision to set the right goal. It means being aware of the fears and anxieties felt by those you lead even as you urge them to overcome those fears. 
- former senator and basketball star Bill Bradley
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 Heroes do extraordinary things. What I did was not an extraordinary thing. It was normal. 
- Irena Sendler, Polish Catholic woman who who helped save 2,500 children during the Holocaust
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 Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others. 
- Author John C. Maxwell
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 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, Poet
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 Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.  They somehow already know what you truly want to become. 
- Steve Jobs, Co-founder and CEO of Apple
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 Dad’s words, ‘Run your own race,’ have been a real touchstone for me. When I’m trying to figure out what to do at a crossroads, I think, ‘Is this my race I’m running, or somebody else’s?’ 
- Marlo Thomas, Actress and author
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 Leadership is getting someone to do something that they wouldn’t have done until you encouraged them to do it. 
- Jeff Rebraca, Guideposts reader, Youngstown, Ohio
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 Getting people to follow orders is not leading! A true leader inspires people to do their best. 
- David Steward, Founder of World Wide Technology
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 Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases think for yourself. 
- Doris Lessing, Author
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 True greatness is the ability to serve. The capacity to lead not by the exercise of power, but by love. 
- The Trappists of St. Benedict’s Monastery, Snowmass, Colorado
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 Look at adversity as an opportunity to discover your strengths because there are opportunities galore out there. Thomas Edison said it well, ‘If you did all the things in life you were truly capable of, you would astound yourself.' 
- Nadja Piatka, Founder of Nadja Foods
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