20 Inspirational Quotes From Different Business Leaders

Here, are 20 different inspiring quotes from, #businesswomen, role models, #activists, #entertainers, #authors, #politicians and more share their thoughts on #leadership and #success — and what exactly those mean to them.

Whether we’re forging our own paths or following in the footsteps of those who’ve gone ahead, these trailblazers, innovators, explorers, and disrupters can encourage, motivate and push us to reach new heights — in business and in life.

  1. “As a leader, it’s a major responsibility on your shoulders to practice the behavior you want others to follow.” — Himanshu Bhatia, Rose International Inc.
  2. “Don’t waste a single second. Just move forward as fast as you can, and go for it.” — Rebecca Woodcock, Cake Health
  3. “You manage things; you lead people.” — Grace Murray Hopper, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral
  4. “I am endlessly fascinated that playing football is considered a training ground for leadership, but raising children isn’t.” — Dee Dee Myers, former White House Press Secretary
  5. “Good leaders organize and align people around what the team needs to do. Great leaders motivate and inspire people with why they’re doing it. That’s purpose. And that’s the key to achieving something truly transformational.” — Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin
  6. “I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.” — Amy Poehler, actress
  7. “Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.” — Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senator
  8. “Presenting leadership as a list of carefully defined qualities (like strategic, analytical and performance-oriented) no longer holds. Instead, true leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.” — Sheryl Sandberg, COO Facebook
  9. “Professional intellectuals are the voice of a culture and are, therefore, its leaders, its integrators, and its bodyguards.” — Ayn Rand, novelist
  10. “True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but about those they serve. It is not about exalting themselves but about lifting others up.” — Sheri L. Dew, author
  11. “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” — Mother Teresa, religious sister
  12. “Is there a better quality in a leader than humility when he might soon be granted enormous power to do good for his country and the world — or harm?” — Jane Fletcher Geniesse, author
  13. “Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader.” — Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo
  14. “We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.” — Whoopi Goldberg, comedian
  15. “You have to look at leadership through the eyes of the followers and you have to live the message. What I have learned is that people become motivated when you guide them to the source of their own power and when you make heroes out of employees who personify what you want to see in the organization.” — Anita Roddick, businesswoman
  16. “Many women live like it’s a dress rehearsal. Ladies, the curtain is up and you’re on.” — Mikki Taylor, Essence magazine
  17. “I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” — Ginni Rometty, IBM
  18. “Sometimes you can gradually improve things. But sometimes, they don’t work, and you’ve just got to just say: Let’s grind this baby to a halt.” — Abigail Johnson, Fidelity Investments
  19. “Don’t let being a woman hold you back from the leader that you’re destined to be.” — Jamie Farsnel, Due
  20. “No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” — Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States