These leadership and communication quotes are focused on two core competencies of being an outstanding leader. How can you best utilize these? Read a few then think how they may apply to your work life -- and personal life. Also see our article on active listening and communication quotes.
Which one resonates the most?
Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about others. Jack Welch, an American business executive, chemical engineer, and writer. He was Chairman and CEO of General Electric between 1981 and 2001.
Leadership is the sum total of who you are. Leaders are developed not simply born andwe can all develop ourselves to be able to guide others. Anyone who follows their internal compass can become an authentic leader. Bill George: William W. George is an American businessman and academic. He is a professor of management practice, and a Henry B. Arthur Fellow of Ethics at Harvard Business School. He previously served as chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic
Leaders aren't born, they are made. They are made by hard effort, which is the price all of us must pay to achieve any goal which is worthwhile.Vince Lombardi: an American football coach and executive in the National Football League.
Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily, even if you had no title or position. Brian Tracy, motivational public speaker
Effective leaders are made, not born. They learn from trial and error, and from experience.Colin Powell: an American politician, statesman, diplomat, and United States Army officer who served as the 65th United States secretary of state from 2001 to 2005.
You don’t need a title to be a leader. Unknown
Leaders never use the word failure, they look upon setbacks as learning experiences. Brian Tracy: motivational public speaker and self-development author
Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better. Bill Bradley: American politician and former professional basketball player
Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do, and let them surprise you with their results. General George Patton: a general in the United States Army who commanded the Seventh United States Army in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, and the Third United States Army in France and Germany after the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944.
“Communication is one of the most important skills you require for a successful life.” Catherine Pulsifer: Author self improvement books.
Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned. Harold Geneen: an American businessman most famous for serving as president of the ITT Corporation
Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication. Mike Krzyzewski: American basketball coach
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.Ernest Hemingway: n American novelist, short-story writer, journalist, and sportsman. His economical and understated style—which he termed the iceberg theory—had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his adventurous lifestyle and his public image brought him admiration from later generations
There is only one rule for being a good talker – learn to listen.Christopher Morley: American journalist, novelist, poet
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.Michael Jordan: professional basketball player.
The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said. Peter Drucker: an Austrian-American management consultant, educator, and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business corporation
Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life. Brian Tracy: motivational public speaker and self-development author. He has quite a few good communication quotes.
Communication is your ticket to success, if you pay attention and learn to do it effectively. Theo Gold: Author
We never listen when we are eager to speak. Francois de la Rochefoucauld: a noted French moralist and author of maxims and memoirs. He is part of the literary movement of classicism and best known for his maxim
“If you have nothing to say, say nothing.” Mark Twain: Award winning author
The born leader is a fiction invented by 'born followers'. Leadership is not a gift at birth; it is an award for growing to full moral stature. It is the only prize that a man must win everyday. The prize is the respect of others, earned by the disciplines that generate self-respect.
Wheeler L. Baker: the ninth President of Hargrave Military Academy, and was a career U.S. Marine.