52 Inspirational Quotes for Leadership to Read & Apply to Life

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Jun, 16, 2022

Even leaders need food for thought from time to time.LeadershipQuote-01

That’s when some inspirational quotes for leadership can help elevate your day in less than a few minutes. When you’re feeling inspired, you’re more likely to show up, do your best, and enjoy your work.

Plus, inspired leaders are the best leaders, as you’ll find out in our newest resource The Inspirational Leader Tool Kit. 

If you’re in the habit of reading positive content throughout your day, then you’ll likely enjoy this compilation of 52 inspirational quotes specifically aimed at leadership.

Read on for some quality quotes that will inspire you today.

Inspirational Quotes for Leadership to Take to Heart

  1. “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” — Henry Ford
  2. “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see further.” — Thomas Carlyle
  3. “The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.”
     Tricia Cunningham
  4. “Someday is not a day of the week.” — Janet Dailey
  5. “Don't count the days. Make the days count.” — Muhammad Ali
  6. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney
  7. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” — Chinese Proverb
  8. “If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.”
    — Michele Ruiz
  9. “We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.”
    — Arianna Huffington
  10. “You can either experience the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The choice is yours.”
    — Unknown
  11. “People who wonder if the glass is half empty or full miss the point. The glass is refillable.”
  12. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” — John D. Rockefeller
  13. “Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far.” — Gary Vaynerchuk
  14. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle
  15. “How wonderful it is that nobody needs to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank
  16. “Very often, a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.” — A.C. Benson
  17. “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” — Lou Holtz
  18. “You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens.” Mandy Hale
  19. “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  20. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi
  21. “If everything seems to be under control, you’re not going fast enough.” — Mario Andretti
  22. “The only difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” — Jimmy Johnson
  23. “Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit.” — Kamari aka Lyrikal
  24. “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” — Tim Notke
  25. “The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.” — Oscar Wilde
  26. “Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.” — Conan O’Brien
  27. “Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  28. “Amateurs sit around and wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and go to work.”
    — Stephen King
  29. “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
    — Paulo Coelho
  30. “You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction.” — George Lorimer
  31. “Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.” — Jim Rohn
  32. “Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt
  33. “The future depends on what you do today.” — Mahatma Gandhi
  34. “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” — Confucius
  35. “To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.” — Eva Young
  36. People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” — Dale Carnegie
  37. “Don't wait. The time will never be just right.” — Napoleon Hill
  38. “You will never plow a field if you only turn it over in your mind.” — Irish Proverb
  39. This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” — Alan Wilson Watts
  40. “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” 
    — Albert Einstein
  41. “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.”
    — Louis Pasteur
  42. “Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.” — Seneca
  43. If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.”— Olin Miller
  44. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” — Stephen Covey
  45. “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.”
    — Chanakya
  46. “If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.” — David Allen
  47. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” — Beverly Sills
  48. “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” — Farrah Gray
  49. “Think of many things; do one.” — Portuguese proverb
  50. “Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there.” — Haile Gebrselassie
  51. “There is no traffic jam along the extra mile.” — Roger Staubach
  52. “Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter.” — Francis Chan 

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