Quotes about Leadership

"Leadership is the ability to get other people to do what they don't want to do, and like it."

Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was the 33rd President of the United States (1945–1953).


"When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally."

Laozi also Lao Tse, Lao Tu, Lao-Tzu, Lao-Tsu, Laotze, Lao Zi, Laocius,and other variations (-) was a mystic philosopher of ancient China, and is a central figure in Taoism (also spelled "Daoism").


";A leader's role is to raise people's aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there."

David R. Gergen (1942-) American journalist and U.S. White House advisor.


"A leader is not an administrator who loves to run others, but someone who carries water for his people so that they can get on with their jobs."

Robert Townsend (1920-1998) was an American business executive and author who is noted for transforming Avis into a rental car giant.


"The true leader is always led"

Carl Gustav Jung (26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist, an influential thinker and the founder of analytical psychology.


"The role of leadership is to transform the complex situation into small pieces and prioritize them."

Carlos Ghosn (born 9 March 1954) is a Brazilian-born Lebanese businessman who is currently the Chairman and CEO of Paris-based Renault and holds the same positions at Japan-based Nissan, which together produce more than one in 10 cars sold worldwide.


"Do not walk behind me, I may not lead. Do not walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend."

Albert Camus (7 November 1913 – 4 January 1960) was a French Algerian author, philosopher and journalist, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. He was a key philosopher of the 20th-century, with his most famous work being the novel L'Étranger (The Stranger)


"Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall."

Stephen R. Covey (born October 24, 1932) wrote the best-selling book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.


"Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing."

Thomas J. "Tom" Peters (born November 7, 1942) is an American writer on business management practices.


"Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people."

John Davison Rockefeller (July 8, 1839 – May 23, 1937) was an American oil magnate. Rockefeller revolutionized the petroleum industry and defined the structure of modern philanthropy.


"Leaders don't fall because 'they're human'. Leaders fall because they forget they're human."

Jennifer Watts (-)