We all need inspiration. Becoming an entrepreneur and starting a business, as well as growing it into a successful small Lao Tzu-Love this guy!business takes a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. If you’re on this road, then here are some business and leadership quotes that may help you along the way.

1. “The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes” -Tony Blair

2. “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” Lao Tzu

3. “The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” -Ken Blanchard

4. “You do not lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower

5. “A good leader is not the person who does things right, but the person who finds the right things to do.” -Anthony T. Dadova

6. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” -John Quincy Adams

7. “Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy.” -Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf

8. “Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” –Sam Walton

9. “Leaders need to be optimists. Their vision is beyond the present.”– Rudy Giuliani

10. There are many qualities that make a great leader. But having strong beliefs, being able to stick with them through popular and unpopular times, is the most important characteristic of a great leader.”– Rudy Giuliani

11. “The man who occupies the first place seldom plays the principal part.”– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

12. “Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination.”– Anonymous

13. “A leader has two important characteristics; first he is going somewhere; second he is able to persuade others to go with him.”– Maximilian Francois Robespierre

14. “Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity; having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it. His leadership is then based on truth and character. There must be truth in the purpose and will power in the character.” -Vince Lombardi

15. “All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.” –John Kenneth Galbraith

16. “Sandwich every bit of criticism between two thick layers of praise.”– Mary Kay Ash

17. “The difference between the impossible and possible lies in a person’s determination.”– Anonymous

18. “Nothing limits achievement like small thinking. Nothing equals possibilities like unleashed thinking.”– William Arthur Ward

19. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” -Babe Ruth

20. “To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone.” -Harry Truman

21. “Strong-minded, resolutely-willed, you can create out of nothing a great business, a huge empire, a New World! Others have – and they have no monopoly.” -Charles Bristol

22. “Leaders don’t wait. They shape their own frontiers. The bigger the challenge, the greater the opportunity.”-Anonymous

23. “The ability to summon positive emotions during periods of intense stress lies at the heart of effective leadership.”- Jim Loehr

24. “The goal of an effective leader is to recondition your team to be solution focused rather than problem focused.”- Jim Rohn

25. “Big thinkers are specialists in creating positive, forward-looking, optimistic pictures in their own minds and in the minds of others.”-David J. Schwartz

26. “The will to win is worthless if you do not have the will to prepare.”-– Thane Yost

27. “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which have been overcome while trying to succeed.”– Booker T. Washington

28. “Earn your success based on service to others, not at the expense of others.”– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

29. “Leadership is not a one-day thing. It is a constant commitment to excellence, a habit . . . a daily practice.”– Anonymous

30. “Nothing would be done at all if we waited until we could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.”– John Henry

31. “Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.”– Samuel Johnson

32. “A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”– William Shedo

33. “Boldness, more boldness, and always boldness!”– George Jacques Danton

34. “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.”– John Welch

35. ”The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”– Dwight D. Eisenhower

36. “When a small business grows like eBay did, it has a multiplier effect. It creates other small businesses that supply it with intellectual capital, goods and services.” –Meg Whitman

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5 Responses

  1. Ja-Naé Duane

    Ari, don’t ask those questions! I love them all for very didn’t reasons. They speak differently to me.

    How about you sir? Any favorites on this list or have any to add?

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