Here are several of my favorite quotes about leadership.

  1. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

  2. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams

  3. “The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” — Harvey S. Firestone

  4. “You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader” — Henry Ford

  5. “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” — Herbert Swope

  6. “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” — Jack Welch

  7. “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” — Warren G. Bennis

  8. “Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity.” — Reed Markham

  9. “True leadership lies in guiding others to success — in ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well.” — Bill Owens

  10. “Control your own destiny or someone else will.” — Jack Welch

  11. “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” — Ralph Nader

  12. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” — Henry Ford

  13. “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

  14. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right thing.” — Peter F. Drucker

  15. “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” — Max DePree

  16. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” — Albert Einstein

And, of course, what would a list like this be without at least one sports figure chiming in.

  1. “Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” — Vince Lombardi