I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling like these times call for a little bit of inspiration from leaders who’ve gone before us.

Here are nineteen quotes about leadership for when you’re feeling stuck. I invite you to print it out and have it when you move need it most:

  1. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. — Alice Walker
  2. I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. — Michael Jordan
  3. 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. — Eleanor Roosevelt
  4. A leader…is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind. —Nelson Mandela
  5. I don’t see myself being special; I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to me to do things for them, to have answers. — Tupac Shakur
  6. We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark. — Whoopi Goldberg
  7. A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be. — Rosalynn Carter
  8. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
  9. A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. — Lao Tzu
  10. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead
  11. I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. —Mother Teresa
  12. Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow. — Chinese Proverb
  13. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. — Amelia Earhart
  14. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. — Dalai Lama
  15. When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. — Helen Keller
  16. Be the change you wish to see in the world. — Ghandi
  17. It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well. ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  18. I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own. — Audre Lorde
  19. I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. — Rosa Parks

I hope you’ve enjoyed these as much as I have!

If you’re wanting to learn more about developing yourself as a leader, read Six Characteristics of Effective Leaders or What is Leadership Coaching?. Or, if you’re ready to learn if coaching is the right support for you, click here to apply for a free discovery session and get clear on your next steps forward. I’d be honored to speak with you more!


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