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22 inspirational quotes to make you a better leader

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It's all too easy to get caught up in your day-to-day duties and forget exactly why you are doing what you're doing in your career, and in your position as a leader.

As a boss, a manager, an employer or a leader, your duty is to set a path for yourself and for those who are influenced by you. For that reason, I thought I'd gather together a few of my favourite quotes around leadership in the hopes that they also motivate you to become a better leader.

Don't forget to share your favourites in the comment box below!


1. "Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care." - Theodore Roosevelt

2. "To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart." - Eleanor Roosevelt


3. "We were created with two ears but one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we talk." - Epictetus

4. "I think the one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention." — Diane Sawyer

5. "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." - Winston Churchill


6. "Engage your emotions at work. Your instincts and emotions are there to help you.” - Richard Branson

7. "I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I've become. If I had, I'd have done it a lot earlier." - Oprah Winfrey

8. "Actions speak louder than words, but not nearly as often." - Mark Twain.


9. "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." - Charles Swindol

10. "If you're going through hell, keep going." - Winston Churchill

11. "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas A. Edison

12. "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right" - Henry Ford


13. "I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." - Thomas Jefferson

14. "The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary." - Vidal Sassoon


15. "The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it." - Theodore Roosevelt


16. "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." - Steve Jobs

17. "It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." - Herman Melville


18. "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." - Albert Einstein


19. "Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

20. "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

21. "You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." - Ken Kesey

22. "Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." - Jack Welch

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