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50 Best Inspirational Quotes on Leadership for Entrepreneurs

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50 Best Inspirational Quotes on Leadership for Entrepreneurs

Ultimately, no one can deny the power of a good quote. Great inspirational quotes motivate and inspire us to be our best. Every entrepreneur knows that the success of their business ultimately rests on their shoulders. I have decided to share the leadership quotations that have inspired me over the years I was transforming my leadership skills.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re an entrepreneur, business owner, or team leader, here are 50 inspirational quotes on leadership for your leadership development:

1. “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

2. “If you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress.”– Mark Zuckerberg

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

4. “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” —Max DePree

5. “Just don’t give up what you’re trying to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” – Ella Fitzgerald

6. “A leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.” – Nelson Mandela

7. “A leader is a dealer in hope.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

8. “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

9. “Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.” — General George Patton

10. “To any entrepreneur: if you want to do it, do it now. If you don’t, you’re going to regret it.” – Catherine Cook

11. “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”
- Dr. Mae Jemison

12. “A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” – Arnold Glasow

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13. “The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.”  –Henry Kissinger

14. “If you’ve got an idea, start today. There’s no better time than now to get going. That doesn’t mean quit your job and jump into your idea 100% from day one, but there’s always small progress that can be made to start the movement.”– Kevin Systrom

15. “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch

16. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” —Mark Twain

17. “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” – Jim Rohn

18. “The past is a ghost, the future a dream. All we ever have is now.” – Bill Cosby

19. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

20. “Great leaders find ways to connect with their people and help them fulfill their potential.” – Steven J. Stowell

21. “I suffer from the delusion that every product of my imagination is not only possible, but always on the cusp of becoming real.” – Sean Parker, Napster

22. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” —Albert Einstein

23. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” —Stephen Covey

24. “You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That’s assault, not leadership.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower

25. “My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.” —General Montgomery

26. “Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is the ability to act effectively, in spite of fear.” –Donald J. Trump

27. “There’s no committee that says, ‘This is the type of person who can change the world – and you can’t.’ Realizing that anyone can do it is the first step. The next step is figuring out how you’re going to do it.” – Adora Svitak

28. “If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” —Vincent Van Gogh

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

30. “The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” – Mark Zuckerberg

31. “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” — Wilma Rudolph

32. “A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men.”  — Stephen King

33. “A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason.”- J.P. Morgan

34. “Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.” –Donald J. Trump

35. “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” —Leonardo da Vinci

36. “The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.” —Winston Churchill

37. “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.” —Peter Drucker

38. “Running a start-up is like eating glass. You just start to like the taste of your own blood.” – Sean Parker

39. “Your business, and your brand, must first let people know what you care about, and that you care about them.” –Donald J. Trump

40. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” —Helen Keller

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

42. “The first rule is not to lose. The second rule is not to forget the first rule.” – Warren Buffett

43. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” —George Addair

44. “No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.” –Andrew Carnegie

45. “The only way to get love is to be lovable. It’s very irritating if you have a lot of money. You’d like to think you could write a check: ‘I’ll buy a million dollars’ worth of love.’ But it doesn’t work that way. The more you give love away, the more you get.” – Warren Buffett

46. “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” —Douglas MacArthur 

47. “Every single person I know who is successful at what they do is successful because they love doing it.” – Joe Penna

48. “Honesty is a very expensive gift, Don’t expect it from cheap people.”  – Warren Buffett

49. “Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” — Albert Schweitzer

50. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” — Bill Gates

I am the Founder and President of Young Leaders Arena. Formerly I was the Chief Editor and program co-ordinator at Walktall. Author of the upcoming Book; Success Recipe: Start up Tool-kit for exceptional business growth. I have written numerous articles on both leadership, business start up, entrepreneurship. I have served as thought leader in many societies and organisations, including the Forum on Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. I obtained my post graduate from the prestigious University of Port Harcourt. I also have a Bachelors from the Delta State University, Abraka. Twitter & Instagram: @Charlessholokwu

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