20 Leadership Quotes From the World's Most Influential Leaders From Steve Jobs to Thomas Jefferson, these quotes will inspire you to become a better leader.

By Rose Leadem

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Albert Einstein once said, "The leader is one who, out of the clutter, brings simplicity … out of discord, harmony … and out of difficulty, opportunity."

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Being a leader is no easy task -- it takes hard work, courage and risk-taking. Being able to find solutions, solve problems and make things better are vital components to effective leadership. Positioning yourself as a role model for people to follow means doing things that will better improve your employees, community or even the world.

Steve Jobs not only built the Apple empire but the products he created ultimately helped improve the world as a whole. It's similar for Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. While he started creating a simple social platform for Harvard students, Zuckerberg ultimately led the company to become a network connecting nearly 2 billion people around the world.

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For leadership advice, why not turn to those who have shaped the world we live in today. Check out these 20 quotes about leadership from Jeff Bezos, Martha Stewart, Thomas Jefferson and more.


Richard Branson

"Communication is the most important skill any leader can possess." -- Richard Branson

Larry Page

"My jobs as a leader is to make sure everybody in the company has great opportunities, and that they feel they're having a meaningful impact." -- Larry Page

Steve Jobs

"My jobs is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better." -- Steve Jobs

Barack Obama

"One voice can change a room." -- Barack Obama

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Albert Einstein

"The leader is one who, out of the clutter, brings simplicity... Out of discord, harmony... And out of difficult, opportunity." -- Albert Einstein

Sheryl Sandberg

"The ability to learm is the most important quality a leader can have." -- Sheryl Sandberg

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Coco Chanel

"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud." -- Coco Chanel

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Martha Stewart

"I think baking cookies is equal to Queen Victoria running an empire. There's no difference in how seriously you take the job." -- Martha Stewart

Jeff Bezos

"Part of company culture is path-dependent -- it's the lessons you learn along the way." -- Jeff Bezos

Mark Zuckerberg

"If you want to build something great, you should focus on what the change is that you want to make in the world." -- Mark Zuckerberg

Alfred Hitchcock

"If I won't be myself, who will?" -- Alfred Hitchcock

Thomas Jefferson

"Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching." -- Thomas Jefferson

Steve Case

"There are no road signs to help navigate. And in fact, no one has yet determined which side of the road we're supposed to be on." -- Steve Case

Mark Cuban

"It's not about money or connections -- it's the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone." -- Mark Cuban

Joan Rivers

"I have no methods. All I do is accept people as they are." -- Joan Rivers

Warren Buffett

"Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." -- Warren Buffett

Steven Spielberg

"Your job is to create a world that lasts forever." -- Steven Spielberg

Barbara Corcoran

"Leaders come in two flavors, expanders and containers. The best leadership teams have a mix of both." -- Barbara Corcoran

Daniel Lubetzky

"A strong leader avoids becoming over-confident to the point of impaired judgment." -- Daniel Lubetzky
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Dalai Lama

"People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost." — Dalai Lama
Rose Leadem is a freelance writer for Entrepreneur.com. 

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