Favorite Leadership Quotes

220px-Walt_Disney_1946Every now and then, I come across a quote about leadership that really speaks to me.  With that in mind, I put together a list of 20 of our favorite quotes about leadership.  After you check them out, leave a comment with any of your favorites I forgot to mention.  Here they are…

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney, co-founder of Walt Disney Productions

“You don’t need a title to be a leader.” – multiple attributions

“I have not failed.  I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison, American inventor and businessman

“A leader is a dealer in hope.”  – Napoleon Bonaparte, French military and political leader

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not making decisions.” – Catherine Cook, co-founder of MeetMe

“The task of a leader is to get people from where they are to where they have not been.” – Henry Kissinger, diplomat and former US Secretary of State

“Timing, perseverance, and 10 years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” – Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter

“I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” – Ralph Nader, politician and activist

“I don’t look to jump over seven-foot bars,  I look for one-foot bars I can step over.” – Warren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

“Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.” – Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher and writer

“If you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.” – Donald Trump, president of the Trump Organization

“Never give up because you never know if the next try is going to be the one that works.” – Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

“You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do.  You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions.” – Steve Case, co-founder and CEO of AOL

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

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vidal Sassoon, hairdresser and businessman

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”   – Wayne Gretzky, NHL Hall of Famer

“Management is doing things right.  Leadership is doing the right things.”  – Peter Drucker, management consultant and author

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” – Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules.  You learn by doing, and by falling over.” – Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group

And my personal favorite…

“I choose a lazy person to do a hard job, because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”  Bill Gates – co-founder of Microsoft

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