10 quotes from the world’s most successful about how to be a great leader

Many men like to think of themselves as a leader, not all make the grade however. Good leaders are too often few and far between, great leaders even less so – a whip round the current political landscape tells us that much. These 10 individuals certainly knew and still know what it takes to be the person people follow, depend and aspire to emulate. Heed their advice and you could soon be following in some rather prestigious footsteps…


“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder and former CEO


“My job as a leader is to make sure everybody in the company has great opportunities, and that they feel they’re having a meaningful impact and are contributing to the good of society. As a world, we’re doing a better job of that. My goal is for Google to lead, not follow that.”

– Larry Page, Google co-founder and CEO


“It’s very important to take risks. I think that research is very important, but in the end you have to work from your instinct and feeling and take those risks and be fearless. When I hear a company is being run by a team, my heart sinks, because you need to have that leader with a vision and heart that can move things forward.”

– Anna Wintour, American Vogue editor-in-chief


“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

– John F. Kennedy, Former US President


“Earn your leadership every day.”

Michael Jordan, Owner of the Charlotte Hornets and basketball legend


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

– Tony Blair, Former prime minister


“I learned that focus is key. Not just in your running a company, but in your personal life as well.”

– Tim Cook, Apple CEO


“We live in a society obsessed with public opinion. But leadership has never been about popularity.”

– Marco Rubio, Republican presidential candidate and US senator


“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”

Bill Gates, philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder


“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”

Warren Buffett, Investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

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