If you’re looking for leadership quotes, what better place to find them than in the words that have been spoken by those who know the ropes? May is Older Americans Month and this year’s theme is “Older Americans: Making Choices for a Healthier Future.” These 14 leadership quotes show us just how much we can learn from those who have paved the way before us.
1. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” ~ Dwight Eisenhower
2. “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” ~Theodore Roosevelt
3. “Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.” ~Albert Einstein
4. “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” ~Rosalynn Carter
5. “He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.” ~Aristotle
6. “The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and will to carry on… The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.” ~Walter Lippmann
7. “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
8. “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
9. “You don’t lead by hitting people over the head — that’s assault, not leadership.” ~Dwight Eisenhower
10. “Absolute identity with one’s cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership.” ~Woodrow Wilson
11. “Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.” ~Jesse Jackson
12. “Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.” ~Marian Anderson
13. “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” ~Harry S. Truman
14. “Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Leaders change over time, but the importance of good leadership is something that will never change. The leaders of today and tomorrow can learn quite a bit by reflecting on these leadership quotes of yesteryear.