Being a writer isn’t all about doing it yourself, or writing in a solitary garret somewhere. In the modern world of self-publishing, you need to assemble a team of professionals to help you produce the best book possible: an editor, a cover designer, possibly a book designer or layout artist, maybe a PR person or marketing team. You may even end up adding a virtual assistant to help you with all the duties that come with running your own business, which being a full-time author is!
But when you assemble this team, you also take on a new role: leader. If you’ve never been in a leadership role before, this can be daunting. Even if you’re a seasoned leader, you can always learn and grow, becoming more inspiring and effective.
We’ve rounded up 31 amazingly inspirational quotes about leadership to help you move your career forward, whether you’re managing a team of two or two hundred.
A leader is a dealer in hope.
If you think you’re leading and turn around to see no one following, you’re just taking a walk.
The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.
—John C. Maxwell
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
—John F. Kennedy
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.
—Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily, even if you had no title or position.
Example is not the main thing in influencing Others. It is the only thing.
Earn your leadership every day.
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
Control your own destiny or someone else will.
To do great things is difficult, but to command great things is more difficult.
Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
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.
The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible.
—Dwight D. Eisenhower
He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.
—John Quincy Adams
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.
Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.
Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar.
The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right thing.
Communication is the language of leadership.
Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.
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Kate Sullivan is an editor with experience in every aspect of the publishing industry, from editorial to marketing to cover and interior design.
In her career, Kate has edited millions of words and helped dozens of bestselling, award-winning authors grow their careers and do what they love!