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The Art of Leadership: 10 Trailblazers on What it Takes to Lead


Whether on the battle field or in the boardroom, the best leaders inspire greatness in others through their words and actions. Through the problems faced by nations and companies have changed over the years, the qualities that make an effective leader haven't.

We've collected some motivating words on what makes a great leader from some of history's most influential people from Napoleon to Eleanor Roosevelt. 

Margaret Thatcher


Napoleon Bonaparte


Jeannette Rankin

Sam Walton


Eleanor Roosevelt


Faye Wattleton, president of Planned Parenthood


General George Patton

Booker T. Washington


Bill Bradley, former U.S. Senator (D., N.J.)