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Leaders who are in leadership positions can often find guidance and inspiration from a wide range of leadership quotes. You will be surprised at how much you can learn and how inspired you can be just by reading quotes from others who have been in leadership positions in the past or are still in those positions.

Below we give you some timeless quotes that as a leader, you should consider living by:

  • "Leadership is not about being the best. It is about making everyone else better." - Bill Gates
  • "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
  • "Your time is limited, don't waste it living someone else's life." - Steve Jobs
  • "Leadership is not about being in control. It is about making others feel in control." - Warren Bennis
  • "The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers." - Ralph Nader
  • "The best way to predict the future is to create it." - Peter Drucker
  • "Leadership is not about being right. It is about being effective." - Peter Drucker
  • "Leadership is not about being in the spotlight. It is about shining the light on others." - Unknown
  • "Leadership is not about being in the front. It is about caring for those in the front." - John C. Maxwell
  • "A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a moulder of consensus." - Martin Luther King Jr.
  • "The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes." - Tony Blair
  • "Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." - Warren Bennis
  • "You do not lead by hitting people over the head; that's assault, not leadership." - Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • "Leadership is not about being the most powerful. It is about empowering others." - John C. Maxwell
  • "The best leaders are those most interested in surrounding themselves with assistants and associates smarter than they are." - John C. Maxwell
  • "Leadership is not about being in charge. It is about taking care of those in your charge." - Simon Sinek
  • "Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another." - John C. Maxwell
  • "In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are." - Max DePree
  • "Leadership is not about the next election; it's about the next generation." - Simon Sinek
  • "Leadership is not about being popular. It is about doing what's right." - John C. Maxwell

These quotes above are able to offer insights into the essence of vision, empowerment, and leadership, emphasizing qualities and the importance of inspiring and serving others. 

Leaders who live by these principles tend to make a more lasting and positive impact on their teams, employees, company, community or organization. 

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