20 Inspirational Quotes for Leaders

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Whether you’re an executive overseeing many departments or a newly promoted manager, sometimes you need a little extra inspiration to tackle the day. Here are 20 of our favorite motivational quotes for leaders to give you the push you need:

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

  • Arnold H. Glasow

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”

  • Eleanor Roosevelt

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.”

  • Vince Lombardi

“Earn your leadership every day.”

  • Michael Jordan

“We are all failures- at least the best of us are.”

  • J.M. Barrie

“Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”

  • Theodore Roosevelt

“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.”

  • Robert Louis Stevenson

“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

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

  • Abraham Lincoln

“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.”

  • James Cameron

“99% of failures come from people who make excuses.”

  • George Washington

“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”

  • Coco Chanel

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

  • Robert F. Kennedy

“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.”

  • Winston S. Churchill

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

  • Thomas A. Edison

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”

  • Bill Gates

“Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.”

  • Babe Ruth

“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.”

  • C.S. Lewis

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

  • Nelson Mandela

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”

  • Colin Powell

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