52 Powerful Quotes on Leadership, Action and Motivation

September 16, 2011 by
Filed under: Leadership, Mentoring, Positive Attitude, Quotes and Sayings 

LeadershipMotivation 213x300 52 Powerful Quotes on Leadership, Action and MotivationWhy do we like quotes so much? A good rea­son for many of us is that you don’t have to read a book to get to the point. Quotes can be very short, straight to the point and thought pro­vok­ing. Some­times, there’s just so much wis­dom and life expe­ri­ences in one short sen­tence that you can almost sense and under­stand what the author has gone through to reach the point they are attempt­ing to make! Here are some quotes that have thought pro­vok­ing to me in my own lead­er­ship jour­ney. Do you rec­og­nize any of these?


  1. “I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.” —Charles Mau­rice de Talleyrand-Périgord
  2.  “A leader has to be able to change an orga­ni­za­tion that is dream­less, soul­less and vision­less … someone’s got to make a wakeup call.” —War­ren Bennis
  3.  “Although some peo­ple think that life is a bat­tle, it is actu­ally a game of giv­ing and receiv­ing.” —Flo­rence Scovel Shinn
  4.  “A boss cre­ates fear, a leader, con­fi­dence. A boss fixes blame, a leader cor­rects mis­takes. A boss knows all, a leader asks ques­tions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it inter­est­ing.” —Rus­sell H. Ewing, Author
  5. “A fright­ened cap­tain makes a fright­ened crew.” —Lis­ter Sin­clair, Playwright/Broadcaster
  6.  “As you enter posi­tions of trust and power, dream a lit­tle before you think.” —Toni Mor­ri­son, Author
  7. “Becom­ing a leader is syn­ony­mous with becom­ing your­self. It is pre­cisely that sim­ple, and it is also that dif­fi­cult.” —War­ren Bennis
  8. “A life of reac­tion is a life of slav­ery, intel­lec­tu­ally, and spir­i­tu­ally. One must fight for a life of action, not reac­tion.” —Rita Mae Brown, Mys­tery Author
  9.  “A teacher affects eter­nity. He can never tell where his influ­ence stops.” —Henry B. Adams, Amer­i­can Historian
  10. “If your actions inspire oth­ers to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” —John Quincy Adams
  11.  “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judg­ment that some­thing else is more impor­tant than fear” —Ambrose Red­moon, Amer­i­can Philosopher
  12. “Dif­fi­cul­ties are meant to rouse, not dis­cour­age.” —William Ellery Chan­ning, Psy­chol­o­gist
  13. “There is noth­ing so use­less as doing effi­ciently that which should not be done at all.” —Peter Drucker
  14.  “Dis­ci­pline is the bridge between goals and accom­plish­ments.” —Jim Rohn, Author/Motivator
  15. “Don’t be too timid and squea­mish about your actions. All life is an exper­i­ment. The more exper­i­ments you make the bet­ter.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  16. “Every­one lives by sell­ing some­thing.” —Robert Louis Stevenson
  17.  “I have more fun, and enjoy more finan­cial suc­cess, when I stop try­ing to get what I want and start help­ing other peo­ple get what they want.” —Spencer John­son, Busi­ness Author
  18. “A life spent mak­ing mis­takes is not only more hon­or­able but more use­ful than a life spent in doing noth­ing.” —George Bernard Shaw
  19.  “I must fol­low the peo­ple. Am I not their leader?” —Ben­jamin Disraeli
  20. “If the rate of change on the out­side exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near” —Jack Welch
  21. “If you don’t think about the future, you won’t have one.” —Henry Ford
  22. “Most peo­ple suc­ceed because they are deter­mined to. Peo­ple of mediocre abil­ity some­times achieve out­stand­ing suc­cess because they don’t know when to quit.” —George Allen, Foot­ball Coach
  23.  “It takes a tremen­dous act of courage to admit to your­self that you are not defec­tive in any way what­so­ever.” —Cheri Huber, Author/Zen Philosopher
  24. “Noth­ing is so fatigu­ing as the eter­nal hang­ing on of an uncom­pleted task.” —William James
  25. “It’s so hard when con­tem­plated in advance and so easy when you do it.” —Robert Pir­sig, Philosopher/Author
  26. “Lead­ers don’t cre­ate fol­low­ers, they cre­ate more lead­ers.” —Tom Peters
  27. “Most of the suc­cess­ful peo­ple I’ve known are the ones who do more lis­ten­ing than talk­ing.” —Bernard Baruch
  28.  “Ninety-nine per­cent of fail­ures come from peo­ple who have a habit of mak­ing excuses.” —George Wash­ing­ton Carver
  29. “No pes­simist ever dis­cov­ered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.” —Helen Keller
  30. “Noth­ing great was ever cre­ated with­out enthu­si­asm.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  31.  “One mea­sure of lead­er­ship is the cal­iber of peo­ple who choose to fol­low you.” —Den­nis A. Peer, Man­age­ment Consultant
  32. “Patience and per­se­ver­ance have a mag­i­cal effect before which dif­fi­cul­ties dis­ap­pear and obsta­cles van­ish.” —John Quincy Adams
  33. “Noth­ing so con­clu­sively proves a man’s abil­ity to lead oth­ers as what he does from day to day to lead him­self.” —Thomas J. Wat­son, For­mer CEO, IBM
  34.  “Peo­ple can be divided into two classes: those who go ahead and do some­thing, and those peo­ple who sit still and inquire, why wasn’t it done the other way?” —Oliver Wen­dell Holmes
  35. “Ques­tion: How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Answer: Four; call­ing a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.” —Abra­ham Lincoln
  36. “Show me a man who can­not bother to do lit­tle things and I’ll show you a man who can­not be trusted to do big things.” —Lawrence D. Bell, Founder, Bell Aircraft
  37. “Start by doing what’s nec­es­sary, then what’s pos­si­ble, and sud­denly you are doing the impos­si­ble.” —St. Francis
  38. “The best exec­u­tive is the one who has sense enough to pick good peo­ple to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from med­dling with them while they do it.” —Theodore Roosevelt
  39. “The best way out is always through.” —Robert Frost
  40.  “The first law of suc­cess is con­cen­tra­tion, to bend all the ener­gies to one point, and to go directly to that point, look­ing nei­ther to the right, nor to the left.” —William Matthews, Journalist
  41. “The first respon­si­bil­ity of a leader is to define real­ity.” —Max DePree, Busi­ness Consultant/Author
  42. “The lead­er­ship instinct you are born with is the back­bone. Then you develop the funny bone and the wish­bone that go with it.” —Elaine Agather, CEO, JPMor­gan Bank
  43. “The older I get the more wis­dom I find in the ancient rule of tak­ing first things first. A process which often reduces the most com­plex human prob­lem to a man­age­able pro­por­tion.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower
  44. “The rea­son most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing sec­ond things first.” —Robert J. McK­ain, Man­age­ment Consultant
  45. “The best way to pre­dict the future is to cre­ate it.” —Peter Drucker
  46. “The first duty of a leader is opti­mism. How does your sub­or­di­nate feel after meet­ing with you? Does he feel uplifted? If not, you are not a leader.” —Field Mar­shal Montgomery
  47.  “Those that are most slow in mak­ing a promise are the most faith­ful in the per­for­mance of it.” —Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  48. “Too many peo­ple are think­ing of secu­rity instead of oppor­tu­nity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death.” —James F. Bymes, Sec­re­tary of State
  49. “What would be the use of immor­tal­ity to a per­son who can­not use well a half an hour?” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  50. “When I’m get­ting ready to per­suade a per­son, I spend one-third of the time think­ing about myself, what I’m going to say, and two-thirds of the time think­ing about him and what he is going to say.” —Abra­ham Lincoln
  51. ”Always think of what you have to do as easy and it will be.” —Emile Coue, Psychologist
  52. “Peo­ple often say that moti­va­tion doesn’t last. Well, nei­ther does bathing — that’s why we rec­om­mend it daily.” –Zig Ziglar

Hope you enjoyed read­ing some of these quotes! If so, and you’d like to com­ment, please do so. If not, then let us know and why!

What are some of your favorite lead­er­ship, action and moti­va­tion quotes?



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  3. Sue on Thu, 6th Jun 2013 7:17 am
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  13. Festus on Tue, 13th Oct 2015 10:42 am
  14. Great quotes com­ing from great peo­ple. I so much love this par­tic­u­lar one “The best way to pre­dict the future is to cre­ate it.” —Peter Drucker

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  15. Nakul on Mon, 13th Mar 2017 7:42 am
  16. “The first law of suc­cess is con­cen­tra­tion, to bend all the ener­gies to one point, and to go directly to that point, look­ing nei­ther to the right, nor to the left.” — This is the best bold sug­ges­tion I’ve ever heard.

    It is so much impor­tant that we must avoid the dis­trac­tions and go straight right away to achieve dreams.

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  17. Hafsa Khalid on Fri, 14th Apr 2017 6:50 am
  18. “Lead­ers don’t cre­ate fol­low­ers, they cre­ate more lead­ers.” —Tom Peters, This is really true Don’t be Boss be a leader good post thanks for shar­ing so many Quo­ta­tions.
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  19. HowToBeIt on Sun, 30th Apr 2017 12:48 pm
  20. It’s not about how long does moti­va­tion lasts, it’s all about how eas­ily it’s obtained before doing the impor­tant things… such as work­ing out or prepar­ing for exams etc.

    For some peo­ple it’s obtained with­out any effort… an addict requires do not need to moti­vate them­selves before ful­fill­ing their addiction.

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  23. Hilda Y on Fri, 12th May 2017 2:07 am
  24. Yes, we all love quotes. My favourite ones from your list are # 30 from Ralph Waldo Emer­son “Noth­ing great was ever cre­ated with­out enthu­si­asm”. I love it because is about joy­ful cre­ativ­ity, doing what you love. My sec­ond favourite is # 7 from War­ren Ben­nis “Becom­ing a leader is syn­ony­mous with becom­ing your­self. It is pre­cisely that sim­ple, and it is also that dif­fi­cult”. I love this quote because he is teach­ing about the impor­tance of self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-worth and self-love. I agree with W. Ben­nis is sim­ple but not easy.

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