Great Leaders on Leadership

What have great leaders have said about leadership? Take some time to reflect on these quotes and how these thoughts might influence your own leadership style.

My great concern is not whether you have failed but whether you are content with your failure. Abraham Lincoln Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
John F. Kennedy

If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right thing.
Peter F. Drucker

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

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.
Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

It is a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead -- and find no one there.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.
Rosalynn Carter

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some leaders are born women.
Geraldine Ferraro

The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.
Ronald Reagan

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Albert Schweitzer

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

When eagles are silent, parrots begin to chatter.
Winston Churchil