15 Quotes That Sum Up What Great Leadership Is All About

Paulette Klein
5 min readAug 29, 2022

Whether you are leading your corporate team on a high level project, or you were elected to volunteer to take care of a group outing, or even if you find yourself suddenly in a position of leadership in a local community organization, there is an art to great leadership.

The best leaders know that leadership is not about controlling the situation, but is more about identifying the unique qualities and skills of the individuals on their team and making sure everyone is on the same page. Great leaders also know that, although they may be tasked with being the point person for a project or activity, the goal should always be to encourage others they are working with and provide the ability for everyone to contribute and feel valued.

Another sign of great leader is not having the need to bask in the spot light, but instead adjusts the light so that everyone has an opportunity to shine. Leaders act more like a producer of the show and less like the star. They are willing to set an example and make hard decisions with a soft, yet firm approach. Leaders may not necessarily be born to their roles, but they are definitely groomed by the lessons and wisdom they’ve learned along the way.

If you find yourself in a leadership position, whether in the corporate world, serving in a volunteer position in your community, or were simply assigned to organize activities for a group of friends, we hope our collection of Leadership Quotes will inspire you towards greatness.

1| “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” Quote by Jack Welch

2| “One a team, it’s not the strength of the individual players, but it is the strength of the unite and how they all function together.” Quote by Bill Belichick

3| “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” Author Unknown

4| “Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader, they set out out to make a difference. It’s never about the role, it’s always about the goal.” Author Unknown

5| “Being positive in a negative situation is not naïve. It’s called leadership.” Author Unknown

6| “Good leadership isn’t about advancing yourself, it’s about advancing your team.” Quote by John C. Maxwell

7| “The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.” Quote by Dwight Eisenhower

8| “If serving is beneath you, than leadership is beyond you.” Author Unknown

9| “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the leader is a servant.” Quote by Max Depree

10| “There are three essentials to leadership: Humility, Clarity, and Courage.” Quote by Fuchan Yuan

11| “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, not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” Quote by Jim Rohn

12| “I never thought in terms of being a leader, I thought very simply in terms of helping people.” Quote by John Hume

13| “Most leaders focus on finding the right strategy. The best leaders focus on empowering the right people.” Quote by Craig Groeschel

14| “People do not see your beliefs or values, they see your actions. Your actions will show people what your values are.” Life Traveled In Stilettos

15| “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Quote by John Quincy Adams

Which quote was your favorite? If you have a quote about leadership that resonates with you, please share it in the comment section below.

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Paulette Klein

Is a freelance writer, entrepreneur and recovering helicopter parent who is blogging her adventures @lifetraveledinstilettos.com