Being a true leader isn’t about a title and taking all the credit.  True leaders are genuine people with a commitment and willingness to serve a greater purpose.  True leaders know that success doesn’t come without teamwork and collaboration.  True leaders are courageous, inspiring, and motivational.

Here are a few quotes I’ve compiled from some great leaders to inspire you to become the best leader possible.

  1. A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. – John C. Maxwell
  2. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams
  3. No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it. – Andrew Carnegie
  4. Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity. – Reed Markham
  5. A leader who produces other leaders multiplies their influences. – John C. Maxwell
  6. To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less. – Andre Malraux
  7. The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. – Jim Rohn
  8. As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. – Bill Gates
  9. Leaders aren’t born, they are made. They are made just like anything else, through hard work.  That’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal. – Vince Lombardi
  10. Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better. – Bill Bradley
  11. Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. – John F. Kennedy
  12. Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. – Jack Welch
  13. A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others see. – Leroy Eimes
  14. Great leaders find ways to connect with their people and help them fulfill their potential. – Steven J. Stowell
  15. Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position. – Brian Tracy

In summary, Leadership isn’t really about you.  It’s about others, it’s about the big picture.  To be a great leader, you actually have to be fairly selfless.