15 Most Powerful inspirational leadership quotes from Famous Leaders


Words are powerful. A great leader inspires the people around them, and this can often be done through empowering people through words. Right words at right time can entirely change your life. Inspiration can be drawn from everything around us. Sometimes the right words or an inspirational quote is just what you need to make it through the day, to inspire your team or to change your perspective.

We gathered and compiled a few quotes of great leaders about leadership, self help and about motivation and relationships. Share these leadership quotes with your team members and managers when they need a bit of motivation. Because words are so powerful that they can make you or break you.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

– Albert Einstein

Don’t ever compare yourself with others. Everyone on this unique and have unique set of abilities. So focus on your abilities. Never copy others.

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”

 – Stephen Covey

Listening is the art of communication. If you are a good listener, you are a good communicator. Spend more time on listening than talking.

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

– George Bernhard Shaw

Don’t ever afraid of making mistakes. If you are not making mistake, you are doing nothing.

A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new.”

– Albert Einstein

Mistakes are the stepping stones of the pathway of success. Don’t ever afraid of making mistakes. If you are not making mistake, you are doing nothing.

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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”

– Confucius

Life is what you make it. Happiness is everywhere. You can find it in simple things. Our lives are complicated because we choose to make it. It does not matter how rich you are. How big and nice house you have. We can live happily without these things. Because people without these things are living happily.

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

-Michael Jordan

Failure is the stepping stone to success. If you can’t fail, you can’t be successful. If we fail and we quit, this is the real failure. We should learn from our mistakes and should keep trying again and again. Most people fail and quit, they never try again. They are the real failures.

“If you are born poor it not your mistake, but if you die poor it is your mistake.”

– Bill Gates

You can’t choose your family, but you choose life. You could be born into a rich family or can be in a poor. What matters is your struggle in your life. If you set ambitious goals and work hard to achieve them, you can never die poor. If you die poor it can be your mistake because you could not find any motivation, any way to lead a successful life.

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.”

– John C. Maxwell

If you do not know where to go, you can’t be a leader. If you can’t lead by example, you can’t be a leader. A true leader is always the first person doing what he or she is saying to do.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pain is temporary, if you cannot bear pain you will never be a champion. Do not pray for a easy life pray for strength to endure a difficult one.  Life is not about how hard you can hit, but how much you can get hit and still keep moving forward.

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

You should learn from your competitor but never copy them. Copy and you will die. We often tend to walk on the paths created by others. We tend to follow the successful persons. We should learn from them. But we should create our own path as per our abilities. You should be focused on discovering new things created by your own ideas.

“Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success.”

– David Joseph Schwartz

Aim for the moon, if you miss you will be among stars. The more big you think, more big you will get. Always keep your aim high. High aim brings high achievements. It is fact that we can start from little things, from little steps. But our goal, our destination should be high enough.

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

Arthur Ashe

Some people are always waiting for best time to start. They are ambitious for something to do but they believe that it is not right time to start. So they keep waiting. They do nothing. Such people are great failures. Best time to start is today. Best resources are those which you have. A journey of thousand miles always start with a single step, so move forward.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

– Aristotle

Man becomes a slave to his constantly repeated acts. We are consciously and unconsciously learning something and repeating it on daily basis. And what we repeat most becomes our habit. And what we are , are our habits. Once you learn to quit, it becomes your habit. And if you learn not to give up, it will becomes your habit.

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, be nothing and say nothing.”


Always try to avoid people’s opinion.  There is no way to deal with it. Whatever you do, there will always be someone who criticize you. So focus on your goals and keep following them. If you try to make everyone happy, you will remain unhappy.

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“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”

– Winston Churchill

Difficulties and opportunities are everywhere. It is up to you what you see first. An optimist finds opportunity in every difficult situation. Goes for it and solve the problem. He always look at the positive side.

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

Napoleon Hill

Thoughts become our actions, actions become our habits and habits are what we are. So you are what you think and believe. If you believe on something you can achieve. Nobody can stop you from achieving that. This is power of belief system.

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