10 Quotes for National Leadership Day

National Leadership Day on Feb. 20 celebrates the leadership potential in each of us. As you reflect on your goals, the type of leader you want to be, and opportunities to demonstrate your leadership abilities, see what new perspectives you can put into practice from the following leadership quotes:  

  • “If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself.” – Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur and author  
  • “Rarely are opportunities presented to you in a perfect way. In a nice little box with a yellow bow on top. ‘Here, open it, it’s perfect. You’ll love it.’ Opportunities—the good ones—are messy, confusing, and hard to recognize. They’re risky. They challenge you.” – Susan Wojcicki,  former CEO, YouTube 
  • “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch, former CEO, GE 
  • “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter, former first lady of the United States 
  • “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – President John Quincy Adams 
  • “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me?” – Ayn Rand, author and philosopher 
  • “Make sure you’re not just waiting for someone else to fix things, or hoping that things will improve…Figure out what’s going on and make a plan to improve things.” – Kenneth W. Thomas, author 
  • “Leadership is much more an art, a belief, a condition of the heart, than a set of things to do.” – Max De Pree, American businessman and writer 
  • “Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar.” – Orrin Woodward, author 
  • “Leadership is about the team—the culture they keep and embrace, it’s about empathy for your customers, clients, employees, and the communities where you do business. It’s about doing the right thing for the right reasons, being confident enough to take risks, and responsible enough to think of those who your decisions and risks may affect.” – Kat Cole, OOO and president of Athletic Greens 

What’s your favorite inspiring quote on leadership? Share it in the comments!  

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