22 Thought-Provoking Quotes For Future Leaders

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Leadership is something I spend a lot of time thinking about because of my job. I want to do my best so I can be the best example for those that follow me. I like to believe that I train and foster strengths in those that work for me to be better versions of themselves. I believe a good leader is someone that works closely with those that she (or he) supervises and when they are unable to be present, the leader can rest assured that her (or his) employees are just as capable to handle the work.

The following leadership quotes are ones that I look to in order to remind myself of what it means to lead:


“A leader…is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.”

—Nelson Mandela


“The only thing that is impossible is impossibility.”



“The tiger and the lion may be more powerful, but the wolf does not perform in the circus.”

—Author Unknown


“To be a Jedi is to face the truth, and choose. Give off light, or darkness, Padawan. Be a candle, or the night.”



“A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.”

—Zeus, Hercules


“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t want to go, but ought to be.”

—Rosalynn Carter


“There is not a monster more dangerous than lack of compassion.”

—Master Splinter


“The leader’s job isn’t to have all the ideas. It’s to make sure all the ideas are heard and that the best one wins.”

—Chris Hawker


“Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.”

—Rapunzel, Tangled


“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

—Harry S. Truman


“The difference in winning and losing is most often not quitting.”

—Walt Disney


“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.”



“Treat employees like they make a difference and they will.”

—Jim Goodnight


“In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.”

—Tina Fey


“In every job that must be done there is an element of fun.”

—Mary Poppins


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

—John Quincy Adams


“Life doesn’t give us purpose. We give life purpose.”

—The Flash


“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”

—Sheryl Sandberg


“A boss has the title. A leader has the people.”

—Simon Sinek


“Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.”

—Bill Bradley


“Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.”

—Brian Tracy


“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”

—Jim Rohn Thought Catalog Logo Mark

A millennial with a Framed Higher Ed degree, not working in Higher Ed.

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