20 of the Best Leadership Quotes for Motivation

20 of the Best Leadership Quotes for Motivation

Last week I had lunch with an old friend who in a few weeks will step down from her position as CEO at a rather large, privately held company. She has no set future plans at the moment and quite honestly I admire her clean slate. All things considered, of course.

I thought,

“it’s been a minute since I sat down to think and write about leadership and my admiration for the quality.”

From this point forward, the world is hers.

But that’s not the point of this musing. The point is, we had lunch together and we talked about what we thought it meant to be a leader. We used words like, “fortitude” and “persistence.”

“Humility,” and “sacrifice.”

It was an emotional conversation. We talked about good times, not-so-good times, and times and decisions made in our careers and personal lives that maybe hurt, but challenged us to be better people. We talked about times that disrupted flow.

I told her I know she’ll be okay.

One of my all-time favorite motivational quips is:

“Move with no ego, have a sense of urgency, and give a shit.” I shared it with her. As far as I’m concerned, it is the key to happiness and success.

One of my former employers shared those words with me on my first day as a manager. He’d heard it from his boss (same company) on his first day as a manager, too.

Truth be told: any effort in life where all three characteristics were or can be applied, whether past, present, or future, will lead to happiness and success.

I thought she led well. She is a great leader. Sometimes it’s just time to move on.

20 of the Best Leadership Quotes

 

20 of the Best Leadership Quotes

Treat every day as a new chance to be the “you” you’ve always wanted to become.

20 of the Best Leadership Quotes

Having a clear vision is imperative. Such a strong woman!

20 of the Best Leadership Quotes

It ain’t gonna happen on its own.

20 of the Best Leadership Quotes

Even leaders have to kick back every now and again, right?

20 of the Best Leadership Quotes

The power of and ability to say “no” is truly something, and a learned skill.

20 of the Best Leadership Quotes

Surround yourself with people who are better than you.

20 of the Best Leadership Quotes

Managers manage tasks; leaders lead people.

20 of the Best Leadership Quotes

Talk is cheap; do more.

20 of the Best Leadership Quotes

Perspective is HUGE.

20 of the Best Leadership Quotes

Never, never, never give up.

20 of the Best Leadership Quotes

Keep moving forward.

20 of the Best Leadership Quotes

We should regularly ask ourselves, “what have I done today?”

20 of the Best Leadership Quotes

I love this quote. So true!

20 of the Best Leadership Quotes

Remember – perspective is HUGE!

20 of the Best Leadership Quotes

Don’t give any one person any one reason to not trust you.

20 Leadership Quotes that will Inspire You to Be Your Best Self

Leadership isn’t about “self” – it’s about showing others how to help themselves.

20 of the Best Leadership Quotes

Whether you think you can …

20 of the Best Leadership Quotes

Leadership and success is a never-ending journey.

20 of the Best Leadership Quotes

Such a good mindset. No excuses.

20 of the Best Leadership Quotes

Your actions today can shape someone’s tomorrow.

What are your thoughts on leadership and success? If you have any favorite quotes, list them below! I’m always up for more.

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Kevin Baum

Hey! I’m Kevin. I’m a Chicago-native with a passion for style, design, food and culture. By day I’m a Communications Manager at the nation’s leading health and wellness company, and by night I’m a marathoner and blogger with an insatiable hunger for physical and emotional strength.