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Sometimes all it takes to get through the day are a few words of encouragement. Running a business can be tiresome and, at times, disheartening, but don’t fret: everyone feels down on occasion. Take these quotes and use them for leadership inspiration.


  • “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” — Woodrow Wilson

  • “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.” — Ronald Reagan

  • “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” — Douglas MacArthur

  • “I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through–then follow through.” — Edward Rickenbacker

  • “Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

  • “Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult.” — Warren Bennis

  • “A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” — Lao Tzu

  • “The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.” — Tony Blair

  • “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

  • “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.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

  • “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” — Colin Powell

  • “Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not ‘making friends and influencing people,’ that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” — Peter F. Drucker


You can bookmark this blog, write down the quotes on post-it notes, or put them wherever you’ll be able to find them. The next time you feel down, pull these quotes out, take a deep breath, and be the leader you were born to be.