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30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

No one can deny the power of a good quote.
30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes
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Co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and President at TalentSmart
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No one can deny the power of a good quote. Here are 38 to motivate and inspire you to be your best.

30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Don't go it alone

Don't go it alone
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“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” -- Mother Teresa

30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Make connections

Make connections
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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -- Maya Angelou

30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Believe in yourself

Believe in yourself
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"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right." -- Henry Ford

30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Perfection is not attainable

Perfection is not attainable
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"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." -- Vince Lombardi

Related: 15 Secrets of Really Persuasive People

30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Take stock

Take stock
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"If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more. If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough." -- Oprah Winfrey
30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Be flexible

Be flexible
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"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." -- Jimmy Dean

30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Nothing is impossible

Nothing is impossible
"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" -- Audrey Hepburn
30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Use your heart

Use your heart
"To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart." -- Eleanor Roosevelt
30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Live your dreams

Live your dreams
"Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears." -- Les Brown
30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Try your best

Try your best
"Do or do not. There is no try." -- Yoda
30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

What’s money?

What’s money?

"What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do." --Bob Dylan

30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Think big

Think big

"Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve." -- Napoleon Hill

30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Explore. Dream. Discover.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -- Mark Twain
30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Don't be afraid to fail

Don't be afraid to fail
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." -- Michael Jordan
30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Strive not to be a success

Strive not to be a success
"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." -- Albert Einstein
30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

You decide your destiny

You decide your destiny

"I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions." -- Stephen Covey

30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Find your power

Find your power
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." -- Alice Walker
30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Be tenacious

Be tenacious

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart

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30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Find the light

Find the light
"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." -- Aristotle Onassis
30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

It starts with one seed

It starts with one seed

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." -- Robert Louis Stevenson

30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Don't give into doubts

Don't give into doubts

"If you hear a voice within you say, 'You cannot paint,' then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced." -- Vincent Van Gogh

30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Build your own dreams

Build your own dreams

"Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs." -- Farrah Gray

30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Luck may not look like what you think

Luck may not look like what you think

"Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck." -- Dalai Lama

30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Embrace mistakes

Embrace mistakes

"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." -- Albert Einstein

30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Stretch yourself to achieve your goals

Stretch yourself to achieve your goals

"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." -- Leonardo da Vinci

30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Look for opportunities in unexpected places

Look for opportunities in unexpected places

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us." -- Helen Keller

30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Seek happiness

Seek happiness

"When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy.' They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life." -- John Lennon

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30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

You are the author of your fate

You are the author of your fate

"The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Face your fears

Face your fears

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." -- Plato

30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Nothing will work unless you do

Nothing will work unless you do

"Nothing will work unless you do." -- Maya Angelou

  • 30 of the Most Inspirational Leadership Quotes
  • Don't go it alone
  • Make connections
  • Believe in yourself
  • Perfection is not attainable
  • Take stock
  • Be flexible
  • Nothing is impossible
  • Use your heart
  • Live your dreams
  • Try your best
  • What’s money?
  • Think big
  • Explore. Dream. Discover.
  • Don't be afraid to fail
  • Strive not to be a success
  • You decide your destiny
  • Find your power
  • Be tenacious
  • Find the light
  • It starts with one seed
  • Don't give into doubts
  • Build your own dreams
  • Luck may not look like what you think
  • Embrace mistakes
  • Stretch yourself to achieve your goals
  • Look for opportunities in unexpected places
  • Seek happiness
  • You are the author of your fate
  • Face your fears
  • Nothing will work unless you do
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