Leadership Quotes




If you treat people to a vision of themselves, if you apparently overrate them, you make them become what they are capable of becoming. You know, if we take people as they are, we make them worse. If we take them as they should be, we help them become what they can be…If you say this is idealism – overrating man – then I must answer, Idealism is the real realism, because you help people actualize themselves. -Victor Frankl

Transformational leaders find some meaning in situations even those involving suffering or loss.

A blind man’s world is bounded by the limits of his touch; an ignorant man’s world by the limits of his knowledge; a great man’s by the limits of his vision. -Paul Hovey

Transformational leaders choose to see what others don’t, won’t or can’t.

People have a habit of becoming what they’re encouraged to be, not by who they are not or who they should be

Transformational leaders engage relationships that encourage and strengthen one another.

Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It’s not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved. -William Jennings Bryan

Transformational leaders understand that what they choose to do today greatly determines the person they will be tomorrow.

Everyone gets an idea in the shower. But the successful ones get out of the shower, dry themselves off and do something about it. -Nolan Bushnell

Transformational leaders foster environments where creativity and discovery are encouraged and celebrated, independent of results.


You will become as small as your controlling desire, as great as your dominant aspiration. Goals help you to determine your priorities and protect against giving equal emphasis and energy to the trivial and critical. The real key to success and to reaching your potential lies in your ability to continually improve. -James Allen

Transformational leaders take advantage of every opportunity that aligns with their life purpose, their life goals, and their life passion.

The reason so many people never get anywhere in life is because when opportunity knocks, they are out in the backyard looking for 4 leaf clovers. -Walter Chrysler

Transformational leaders take responsibility for their lives rather than expecting others to design life for them.

What you commit yourself to will change what you are and make you into a completely different person. Although the past may have been difficult, it is the future that will determine who you become. What you commit yourself to become determines what you are. What are your commitments? Where are you going?

Transformational leaders let the future, enriched with lessons learned from their past, guide their present.

Commenting on the death of 300 whales who pursued sardines and found themselves marooned in a bay: The small fish lured the sea giants to their death. They came to their violent demise by chasing small ends, by prostituting vast powers for insignificant goals. -Frederick Broan Harris

Transformational leaders choose to define and live by their core values, undistracted by lesser priorities.

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unregarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. -Calvin Coolidge

Transformational leaders choose to maximize and operationalize the gifts they have been given rather than unduly dwelling on strengths they lack.

Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I will give you a man who will make history. Give me a man without a goal and I will give you a stock clerk. -J C Penny

Transformational leaders understand that they don’t have to be perfect. They accept imperfections that cannot be changed and learn to enjoy life, while giving to others.


Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed. -Mike Pritchard

Transformational leaders embrace the understanding that though they may have been victimized, they choose to not live their life from a victim identity.

Positive thinking won’t give you the ability to do all things but it will let you do everything better than negative thinking.

Transformational leaders may experience some defeats but will not allow themselves to be defeated. They will keep on trying and not give up.

Life is like baseball; it’s 95% mental and the other half is physical. -Yogi Berra

Transformational leaders embrace an attitude that is committed to growth and open to change.

Life is a one-way street. No matter how many detours you take, none of them leads back. And once you know and accept that, life becomes much simpler. -Isabel Moore

Transformational leaders are determined to not allow past setbacks and failures define them.

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing. What alone remains is the last of human freedoms – the ability to choose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstance. -Victor Frankl

Transformational leaders understand that while they can’t control all the events of their life, they can control their response to those events.


Fortune Magazine reports that most people fail 7 times before they succeed. You see, the more you try, the greater amount of failure you are likely to experience – and the greater amount of success. I don’t know about you but I’d rather reach 90% of my potential with plenty of mistakes than reach only 10% with a perfect score. -John Maxwell

Transformational leaders accept that no significant growth occurs without a willingness to risk failure in the pursuit of success.

The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views mistakes. Many spend their whole lives avoiding mistakes. They don’t realize that success is based on their ability to fail and continue trying. -Nelson Boswell

Transformational leaders face the challenges of life and handle the stresses of life without denying their existence or allowing them to defeat them.

To me success can be achieved only through repeated failure and introspection. In fact, success only represents 1% of your work that results from 90% of that which is called failure. Very few unacquainted with failure will ever know the true joy of success. -Soichino Honda

Transformational leaders determine to keep pushing ahead undefeated by setbacks.

Last season we couldn’t win at home and we were losing on the road. My failure as a coach was that I couldn’t think of anywhere else to play. -Harry Neale

Transformational leaders find places of hope when those around have resigned themselves to defeat.


The first key to greatness is to be in reality what we appear to be. Too often we try to be a ‘human doing’ before we have become a ‘human being’. -Socrates & John Maxwell

Transformational leaders understand the courage it takes to be known for who you are rather than merely for what you have accomplished.

One who thinketh he leadeth and hath no one following him is only taking a walk. -Proverb

Transformational leaders leave footprints marking the path for countless others to follow.

Ask not for victory, but for courage. For if you can endure, you bring honor not only to yourself but to us all. -Ancient Olympic motto

Transformational leaders choose the path of courage to be and do what is right and best rather than choosing the easy and expedient

The Center for Creative Leadership studied 105 successful executives and discovered:

  • They admitted their mistakes and accepted the consequences, rather than blaming others
  • They were able to get along with a wide variety of people
  • They had strong interpersonal skills, sensitivity to others, and tack
  • They were calm and confident, rather than moody and volatile.