Compiled by Mia Inderbitzin


It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.
—Adlai Stevenson

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
—Albert Einstein

You do not lead by hitting people over the head—that’s assault, not leadership.
—Dwight D. Eisenhower

Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others in a way
that clarifies and expands a vision of the future.
—Edwin H. Friedman

In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves
beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
—Eric Hoffer

It is not so much that man is a herd animal, said Freud,
but that he is a horde animal led by a chief.
—Ernest Becker

A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.
—Henrik Ibsen

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.
—Isaac Newton

Most important, leaders can conceive and articulate goals that lift people out of their petty preoccupations and unite them in pursuit of objectives worthy of their best efforts.
—John Gardner

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more,
do more and become more, you are a leader.
—John Quincy Adams

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
—Kenneth Blanchard

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles;
but today it means getting along with people.
—Mohandas K. Gandhi

The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say “I.”
And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say “I.”
They don’t think “I.” They think “we”; they think “team.”
They understand their job to be to make the team function.
They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but “we” gets the credit.
This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.
—Peter Drucker

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders,
not more followers.
—Ralph Nader

Good leaders must first become good servants.
—Robert Greenleaf

Leaders keep their fears to themselves, but share their inspiration with others.
—Robert Louis Stevenson

Leaders are more powerful role models when they learn than when they teach.
—Rosabeth Moss Kantor

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision.
—Theodore Hesburgh

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men
the conviction and the will to carry on.
—Walter Lippman

The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.
—Warren Bennis

Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men—the other 999 follow women.
—Groucho Marx

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
—Theodore Roosevelt

Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and
let them surprise you with their results.
—George S. Patton