Favorite Leadership Quotes, Part 1

There are so many great leadership examples out there, it’s hard to pick even a few! I narrowed it down to three newer voices in leadership, and three old school voices.  

  1. Robin Sharma
  2. Dan Rockwell
  3. Sheryl Sandberg
  4. Peter Drucker 
  5. John Maxwell
  6. Jim Collins

Robin Sharma is kind of the new guy on the block for me.  Robin is a Canadian author and leadership speaker, formerly a litigation lawyer.  One of the things that attracts me to his quotes is a zen type of feel to some of the quotes.  

  • “Words can inspire, and words can destroy.  Choose yours well. ” 
  • “Your ‘I can’ is more important than your IQ.”  
  • “Dedicate yourself to expressing your best.” 

Dan Rockwell, LeadershipFreak, is one of my all time favorites.  He’s to the point, his blogs posts are short and informative, and he’s on top of current issues in the workplace.  Dan has had over 35 years of experience as a public speaker, leader, and teacher.  I’ve been following him for about 6 years now. 

  • “Authentic leadership is heart deep, not skin deep.” 
  • “Great leaders always lift others.” 
  • “The courage to keep growing is the difference between success and failure.” 

Sheryl Sandberg is obviously one of the top voices at Facebook, and in my opinion, a great female leader to emulate. I’m not sure that she even likes the spotlight, but she recognizes that she is a leader who can help teach other female leaders.  

  • “Leadership is not bullying and leadership is not aggression. Leadership is the expectation that you can use your voice for good.  That you can make the world a better place.” 
  • “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”

These are a few of my favorite work and leadership quotes.  Do you have any favorite quotes? I would love to hear them! 

11 thoughts on “Favorite Leadership Quotes, Part 1

  1. Greetings. Thanks for following my blog. I am a big fan of Jim Collins and wrote a blog about his book “Built to Last.” I do like that Sheryl Sandberg is getting greater notoriety for her efforts as well. I’ll try to stop by some more. Best wishes, Keith

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    1. Keith, thank you for the nice comment! I truly appreciate it! Most of my comments so far are from my…mom! šŸ™‚ I hope you get to read part two of my thoughts. I love your stuff too! Again, thank you!

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      1. That they are Keith. Glad you found me. I read your “about” page and we have some of the same values. I’m a liberal democrat but not so liberal that I lose sight of the fiscal realities! We’re the same age too! It’s always nice to meet a sane voice online, so thanks again for finding me! šŸ™‚

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  2. Hi, Robin, it’s Franci from beBee. I am glad we found each other on WP. I have another blog on WP, as well. https://amanpan.com/. I just started ThusNSuch because I wanted to dedicate a blog to poems and quotes which my favorite quotes are from Maya Angelou. My other blog, BrewNSpew is more a like a variety show.

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  3. What a great bunch of quotes! Thank you šŸ™‚

    My favourite quote is from John Quincy Adams: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”.

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