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We all need a little inspiration now and again. As the new year begins, let's look at some amazing quotes from some incredible people in history that have shaped leadership and can possibly help give us that extra motivation for 2022!


  1. Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. -Jesus (John 14:1)

  2. "God's dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion."- Desmond Tutu

  3. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” —Mahatma Gandhi

  4. “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality” —Warren Bennis

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

  6. “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” —Proverbs 29:18

  7. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” —Steve Jobs

  8. "I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." -Michael Jordan

  9. To lead people, walk behind them.” —Lao Tzu

  10. “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

  11. "Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." -Oprah Winfrey

  12. “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” —George Patton

  13. "I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness - it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude." Brene Brown

  14. “You have to have made the commitment within yourself to do whatever it takes to get the job done and try to inspire other people to do it, because obviously the first rule is you can’t do it yourself.” —James Cameron

  15. “Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.” —Saint Augustine

  16. “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.” —Martin Luther King Jr.

  17. “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.”—Max Lucado

  18. "Everything negative - pressure, challenges - is all an opportunity for me to rise." -Kobe Bryant

  19. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead were there is no path and leave a trail.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

  20. “Rough waters are truer tests of leadership. In calm water every ship has a good captain.”—Swedish Proverb

  21. “Leaders aren’t born; they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.”—Vince Lombardi

  22. The time is long overdue to stop looking for progress through racial or ethnic leaders. Such leaders have too many incentives to promote polarizing attitudes and actions that are counterproductive for minorities and disastrous for the country. -Thomas Sowell



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