25 Leadership Quotes That Encourage and Inspire

I love quotes, maybe a little too much but I can’t help it. They are one of my favourite ways to help get my point across when I am speaking. Here are 25 of my favourite leadership quotes that you can use to add some variety to your messages and blog posts.

Leadership Takes Courage

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

Chuck Swindoll

“If you do something long enough when nobody shows up, it prepares you for when people actually show up.”

Kevin B. Jennings

“The only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing”


“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.”

Herbert Swope

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

Leaders Lead By Example

“The most powerful way that anybody can lead is by example.”

Michael Hyatt

“Each person must live their life as a model for others.”

Rosa Parks

The three most important ways to lead people are:… by example… by example… by example.”

Albert Schweitzer

“Never separate the life you live from the words you speak.”

Paul Wellstone

“Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.

1 Peter 2:12

Leaders Learn From Failure

“You never get to the next level by repeating the past.”


“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” 

Dale Carnegie

“There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.”

Brene Brown

“The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again…”

Proverbs 24:16

Leaders Are Learners

“If you’re a learner everybody is a teacher.”

Dr. Claude Thomas

“I am still learning.”


 “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”  

Margaret Fuller

“We cannot lead anyone farther than we have been ourselves.”

John C. Maxwell

“Intelligent people are always ready to learn.
    Their ears are open for knowledge.”

Proverbs 18:15

Leaders Lift Others Up

“People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together.”

Michelle Obama

“Being popular and cool is way overrated. It is often fake and intimidating to others. Kind and compassionate is so much better than popular and cool.”

Scott Sauls

“One way to gain people’s respect is to improve this lot in life.”

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”

Martin Luther King Jr.

“The best leaders have a high consideration factor. They really care about their people.”

Brian Tracy

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

1 Thessalonians 5:11

There you have it. I hope you file these away for future use. If you know someone who could use them please pass this post along.

Do you have a favourite leadership quote? Please leave it in the comment section for all of us to enjoy.

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Written by Peter Walters

Peter has been married to his wonderful wife Sarah for 29 years and they have two children.


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