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Word to the Wise: 10 Inspiring Leadership Quotes for Principals

Posted on Fri, May 16, 2014 @ 13:05 PM

principalOver the past couple of years, I’ve been collecting any sort of quote or aphorism that relates to leadership. This week, I browsed my list and grabbed 10 of my favorite quotes to share with you.

Word to the Wise: 10 Inspiring Leadership Quotes for Principals

 “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”
―Ronald Reagan

“You are good. But it is not enough just to be good. You must be good for something. You must contribute good to the world. The world must be a better place for your presence. And the good that is in you must be spread to others....”
Gordon B. Hinckley

“A man can only lead when others accept him as their leader, and he has only as much authority as his subjects give to him. All of the brilliant ideas in the world cannot save your kingdom if no one will listen to them.”
Brandon Sanderson

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.”
John C. Maxwell

“The day the soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”
―Colin Powell

“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

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”
―Theodore Roosevelt

“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

“The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.”
―Tony Blair

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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