Inspired like Gandhi: 77 leadership quotes to empower yourself with the right motivation
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Motivation boost needed? Check out the 77 most inspiring sayings of all times.
Everybody, even inspirational leaders like Gandhi, Oprah or Mandela, are in need of a motivational boost once in a while. It is during times of obstacles, self-doubt and challenges that we can turn to our most favourite positive thinkers to stop, reflect and lift our mindset towards a brighter future.
Because we know that time is a precious commodity in our clients’ and readers’ lives, we put together a list of what we believe are the 77 most inspiring leadership quotes of all times:
Stick around. Don’t lose your heart, just keep going, keep at it.
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.
A great leader is someone who demonstrates what’s possible.
There will be plenty of other problems in the future. This is as good a time as any to get ahead of them.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn’t like the tune.
Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.
Knowing is not enough. We must apply. Willing is not enough. We must do.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
John F. Kennedy
Every journey starts by defining your starting point.
There is no failure except in no longer trying.
Trust is the currency of leadership.
The price of greatness is responsibility.
Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.
You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.
Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn
Fight for things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Every choice you make has an end result.
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
Neale Donald Walsh
What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
The best investment you can make is in yourself.
Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.
The smallest of actions is always better than the noblest of intentions.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The best angle from which to approach a problem is the Try-angle.
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
A negative mind will never give you a positive life.
Ziad K Abdelnour
Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult.
The fears we don’t face become our limits.
You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.
Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.
William Bruce Cameron
You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you…
W. Clement Stone
The world needs you now, not when you are ‘perfect’.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.
I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
Stephen R. Covey
The small changes make the biggest difference to your life.
We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.
I fear not the man who has practised 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practised one kick 10,000 times.
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.
Limit your ‘always’ and your ‘nevers’.
Life is riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.
To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.
The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
What would you do if you had no fear?
Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
Martin Luther King Jr.
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle and giving 110% all the time.
With the right kind of coaching and determination you can accomplish anything.
The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.
The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.
We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
If you’re not sure where you are going, you’re liable to end up someplace else.
Robert F. Mager
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
If we always do what we’ve always done, we always get what we’ve always got.
If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right thing.
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.
May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
Leadership is about guidance to a clear vision, unlocking true potential and creating excellence as a result of heightened awareness, accountability and inspiring actions.
Martin Probst (could not help myself…)
Make sure you keep your favourites sayings at hand for when your mind and motivation need a quick pick-me-up; it is guaranteed to quickly boost your mood. We also encourage you to share your own favourite quotes in the comments section. PS: Follow us on Instagram (@profoundlead) to get regular leadership quotes in your news feed)
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