31 Inspiring Quotes To Help You Lead Great Teams

Enjoy 31 curated inspiring quotes from innovators across all industries, on everything from leadership to gratitude and learning from failure.


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Making difficult decisions, constantly learning, and taking time to appreciate your team are core practices behind any successful leader—but balancing these skills is not always easy. To help, we’ve gathered together 31 inspiring quotes from innovators across all industries.

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Drive Effective Leadership

  1. “The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can’t blow a weak trumpet.” Theodore Hesburgh
  2. “The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.” Tony Blair (Tweet this quote)
  3. “Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way.” Ronald Reagan


  1. “Power isn’t control at all—power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own.” Beth Revis
  2. “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” Henry Ford
  3. “Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are asking, What’s in it for me?” Brian Tracy
  4. “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. “Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.” John F. Kennedy
  6. “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” Max Lucado
  7. “Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” John C. Maxwell

Express Gratitude


  1. “Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.” Gertrude Stein (Tweet this quote)
  2. “The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.” Charles Schwab
  3. “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” Cicero
  4. “Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.” Robert Braathe

Build A Path To Success

  1. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” Robert Collier
  2. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” Jim Ryun (Tweet this quote)


  1. “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” Jim Rohn
  2. “The road to success is always under construction.” Arnold Palmer (Tweet this quote)
  3. “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” Michael Jordan
  4. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” Henry David Thoreau
  5. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.” Mark Twain
  6. “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford (Tweet this quote)
  7. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” Confucius (Tweet this quote)

Never Stop Learning

  1. “Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field.” Dennis Waitley
  2. “The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake—you can’t learn anything from being perfect.” Adam Osborne
  3. “Formal education will make you a living. Self education will make you a fortune.” Jim Rohn


  1. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Maya Angelou (Tweet this quote)

    Want even more inspiration? Feed your mind with more inspiring quotes on how to grow great teams with our Executive Guide to Growing Your Business.


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