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20 greatest inspirational leadership quotes from famous leaders

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20 of the best leadership quotes of all time

A great leader inspires the people around them, and this can often be done through empowering people through words.

Some of the most historic figures of recent times are remembered through their leadership quotes.We’ve compiled some of our favourite leadership quotes from famous people, from former US presidents, to UK prime ministers.

From Winston Churchill to Nelson Mandela, here are some of the most famous leadership quotes.

1. Nelson Mandela

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”

2. Harry S. Truman

“Itis amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets thecredit”

3. Theodore Roosevelt

“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss.The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”

4. General Montgomery

“My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.”

5. Winston Churchill

“The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.”

6. Benjamin Franklin

“If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.”

7. Eleanor Roosevelt

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

8. Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”

9. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.”

10. Ronald Reagan

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”

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