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90 Leadership Quotes by Women to Win in All Endeavors

1. “Don’t let being a woman hold you back from the leader that you’re destined to be.” – Jamie Farsnel

2. “You don’t need a title to be a leader. You lead by example.” – Jamie Woodburn

3. “Leadership is the ability to guide others without force into a direction or decision that leaves them still feeling empowered and accomplished.” – Lisa Cash Hanson

4. “The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.” – Padmasree Warrior

5. “Leadership is not about men in suits. It is a way of life for those who know who they are and are willing to be their best to create the life they want to live.” – Kathleen Schafer

6. “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 so that they may have the strength to stand on their own.” – Beth Revis

7. “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” – Sheryl Sandberg

8. “When people feel that they are able to bring their emotional truth to the workplace with leaders who are compassionate and curious rather than leaders who want the answers, that is a first building block of emotional agility.” – Susan David

9. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Muriel Strode

10. “Leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing.” – Mary D. Poole

11. “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter

12. “You manage things; you lead people.” – Grace Murray Hopper

13. “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” – Dolly Parton

14. “Leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes.” – Margaret Wheatley

15. “Leadership is not a person or a position. It is a complex moral relationship between people based on trust, obligation, commitment, emotion, and a shared vision of the good.” – Joanne Ciulla

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16. “Self-awareness and self-love matter. Who we are is how we lead.” – Brene Brown

17. “Do not wait on a leader—look in the mirror, it’s you!” – Katherine Miracle

18. “Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.” – Dianne Feinstein

19. “I believe in quiet, strong, and grounded leadership. I think some of the best leaders are those whose work is widely known and respected but who, themselves, are relatively unknown.” – Rachael Chong

20. “I think leadership is service and there is power in that giving: to help people, to inspire and motivate them to reach their fullest potential.” – Denise Morrison

21. “Without passion, a person will have very little influence as a leader.” – Michele Payn-Knoper

22. “Power isn’t given to you. You have to take it.” –

23. “I am proud of my position as a boss, as a person that runs my own company. I’m an entrepreneur—I don’t want to shy away from it. I actually want to kind of grab it by its balls.” – Katy Perry

24. “One of the most important things for any leader is to never let anyone else define who you are. And you define who you are. I never think of myself as being a woman CEO of this company. I think of myself as a steward of a great institution.” – Ginni Rometty

25. “Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss. Or they won’t. Who cares? Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” – Tina Fey

26. “Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.” – Hillary Clinton

27. “If you do every job like you’re going to do it for the rest of your life, that’s when you get noticed.” – Mary Barra

28. “Surround yourself with a trusted and loyal team. It makes all the difference.” – Alison Pincus

29. “The most significant barrier to female leadership is the actual lack of females in leadership. The best advice I can give to women is to go out and start something, ideally their own businesses. If you can’t see a path for leadership within your own company, go blaze a trail of your own.” – Safra Catz

30. “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 the purpose. And that’s the key to achieving something truly transformational.” – Marillyn Hewson

31. “A good leader is able to paint a picture of a vision for the future and then enlist others to go on the journey with her. A truly conscious leader recognizes that it is not about her, but that the team is looking to her for inspiration and direction. Keeping her ego in check is essential.” – Tamra Ryan

32. “Leaders are not just born. Sure, some people are born with strong competencies and strengths for leading in certain situations, but it is very clear that leadership can also be developed. That means everyone can strengthen their skills and abilities to lead and influence.” – Dr. Susan Madsen

33. “A woman can lead effectively. She has what it takes to be a great leader.” – Gift Gugu Mona

34. “I had two options. One was to remain silent and never to speak and then to be killed by the terrorists. The second option was to speak up for my rights and then die. And I chose the second one.” – Malala Yousafzai

35. “See yourself as a leader now. Leadership is an action, not a position.” – Cindy Pace

36. “We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.” – Beyoncé

37. “Women are leaders everywhere you go, from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.” – Nancy Pelosi

38. “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.” –

39. “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

40.“Leadership is not about doing more. It’s about switching from doing to leading.” – Jo Miller

41. “From this point forward, the tasks you let go of will define you more as a leader than what you take on.” – Jo Miller

42. “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

43. “You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” –

44. “On my own I will just create, and if it works, it works, and if it doesn’t, I’ll create something else. I don’t have any limitations on what I think I could do or be.” – Oprah Winfrey

45. “As a leader, it’s a major responsibility on your shoulders to practice the behavior you want others to follow.” – Himanshu Bhatia

46. “I measure my own success as a leader by how well the people who work for me succeed.” – Maria Shi

47. “True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed. Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.” – Sheryl Sandberg

48. “All organizations need leaders at every job level and are looking for those who will step up and lead.” – Holly Meidl

49. “I don’t go by the rule book. I lead from the heart, not the head.” – Princess Diana Spencer

50. “I tell my daughters to have their voice in this world, and it became clear I needed to role-model that.” – Melinda Gates

51. “I am nice. There’s not such a thing as ‘too nice.’ But my expectations are high, and people do rise to my expectations. I don’t manage based on fear. I manage based on expectations.” – Marjorie Kaplan

52. “Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for one’s superiors; care for one’s crew.” – Grace Hopper

53. “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

54. “Seeing what is wrong and how it could be made right propels us into action, but in that action, we often leave other people behind and don’t give ourselves enough time to be present, or to stop and reflect. Leaders have to get comfortable with pausing in that uncomfortable gap.” – Jessica Lawrence

55. “You don’t need a title to be a leader or to accomplish amazing things. See yourself as a leader, now, without changing who you are.” – Jo Miller

56. “There are very few roles today that have ‘command and control’ type authority. Most require leading with influence, the most powerful form of leadership.” – Holly Meidl

57. “Your job as a leader is to stay as close in touch as possible with those closest to the action.” – Kat Cole

58. “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” –

59. “I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm, and their inspiration to work together.” – Queen Elizabeth II

60. “Feedback, if you’re willing to hear it and even if it stings at first, can be one of the most powerful engines behind your development as a leader.” – Joe Miller

61. “My father had a simple test that helps me measure my own leadership quotient. ‘When you are out of the office,’ he once asked me, ‘Does your staff carry on remarkably well without you?’” – Martha Peak

62. “Part of leadership is knowing when to go ahead with a decision that’s within your authority because you’re really convinced it’s the right thing, even if other people don’t understand it at that point.” – Dr. Ingrid Mattson

63. “When you have the ability to learn, you have the ability to continue to grow. The clients won’t give you a better price for your products simply because you have a higher degree, but your knowledge of the business will help maintain the competitiveness of your company.” – Zhou Qunfei

64. “It takes courage and strength to be empathetic, and I’m very proudly an empathetic and compassionate leader. I am trying to chart a different path, and that will attract criticism, but I can only be true to myself and the form of leadership I believe in.” – Jacinda Ardern

65. “Make sure you’re working for someone confident who is willing to take risks on you, gives you stretch opportunities, and is there to back you if things get tough. And do the same for people on your team.” – Ruth Porat

66. “There’s power in surrounding yourself with people who see the leader in you. A strong network of supporters is key to accomplishing amazing things.” – Georgene Huang

67. “Women lead in different ways. Women rarely feel the need to speak the most at a meeting to make their point.” – Patricia Bellinger

68. “Our emerging workforce is not interested in command and control leadership. They don’t want to do things because I said so, they want to do things because they want to do them.” – Irene Rosenfeld

69. “Strategic leaders must not get consumed by the operational and tactical side of their work. They have a duty to find time to shape the future.” – Stephanie S. Mead

70. “Cultivate a network of trusted mentors and colleagues. Other people can give us the best insight into ourselves—and our own limitations. We must have the courage to ask for help and to request feedback to expand our vision of what’s possible.” – Maria Castañón Moats

71. “I think it’s a combination of personality traits that have helped me to succeed. Not only hard work but patience, sacrifice and choosing my battles have all helped me to reach the point in my career to which I aspired, in a company I admired.” – Katelyn Gleason

72. “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

73. “If you have an idea, you have to believe in yourself or no one else will.” – Sarah Michelle Gellar

74.“Connect before you collaborate. Listen before you lead. Partner before you persuade.” – Jo Miller

75. “People do not follow a title. They follow a person whom they trust, respect, and believe in.” – Dara Bazzano

76. “Stepping up as a leader can feel risky. The relationships you invest in and the people you bring along with you are your safety net.” – Jo Miller

77. “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

78. “Leadership is about the team—the culture they keep and embrace, it’s about empathy for your customers, clients, employees and the communities where you do business, it’s about doing the right thing for the right reasons, being confident enough to take risks and responsible enough to think of those who your decisions and risks may affect.” – Kat Cole

79. “There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success—but if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going—you’ll know that it was you and the people who love you that put you there.” – Taylor Swift

80. “Leadership is service to others.” – Denise M. Morrison

81. “No matter how senior you get in an organization, no matter how well you’re perceived to be doing, your job is never done.” – Abigail Johnson

82. “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.” –

83. “I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change—I’m changing the things I cannot accept.” –

84. “I didn’t learn to be quiet when I had an opinion. The reason they knew who I was is because I told them.” – Ursula Burns

85. “One of the criticisms I’ve faced over the years is that I’m not aggressive enough or assertive enough or maybe somehow, because I’m empathetic, it means I’m weak. I totally rebel against that. I refuse to believe that you cannot be both compassionate and strong.” – Jacinda Ardern

86. “I think the truth of the matter is, people who end up as ‘first’ don’t actually set out to be first. They set out to do something they love and it just so happens that they are the first to do it.” – Condoleezza Rice

87. “It’s okay to admit what you don’t know. It’s okay to ask for help. And it’s more than okay to listen to the people you lead, in fact—it’s essential.” – Mary Barra

88. “The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.” – Faye Wattleton

89. “Play well with others.” – Adena Friedman

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