10 of the Most Inspiring Leadership Quotes – Real Life Leadership in Action

Do you have a list of the most inspiring leadership quotes? Are they real life, or are they just refering to an ideal world?

Frances Hesselbein (born 1 November 1915) is the President and CEO of the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute. But she is better know as the former CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. Her book, Hesselbein on Leadership is a must read for a list of the best inspiring leadership quotes.

Peter Drucker, the father of modern management, when asked who he thinks is the best leader he answered: Frances Hesselbein.

 


 

To prove Peter Drucker’s point:

 

10 Most Inspiring Leadership Quotes by Frances Hesselbein

 

 

Communication is not saying something; communication is being heard.

 
Communication is not saying something; communication is being heard. - Frances Hasselbein Click To Tweet
 

 

You should be a living practicing example of what you are preaching.

 
You should be a living practicing example of what you are preaching. - Frances Hasselbein Click To Tweet
 



 

Organizations exist to make people’s strengths effective and their weaknesses irrelevant. And this is the work of effective leaders.

 
Organizations exist to make people's strengths effective and their weaknesses irrelevant. And this is the work of effective leaders. - Frances Hasselbein Click To Tweet

 

The leader for today and the future will be focused on how to be – how to develop quality, character, mind-set, values, principles, and courage.

 
The leader for today and the future will be focused on how to be - how to develop quality, character, mind-set, values, principles, and courage. - Frances Hasselbein Click To Tweet

 

When you see a roadblock or challenge as an opportunity, it is amazing how you are already halfway there.

 
When you see a roadblock or challenge as an opportunity, it is amazing how you are already halfway there. - Frances Hasselbein Click To Tweet
 



 

Leadership is much less about what you do, and much more about who you are. If you view leadership as a bag of manipulative tricks or charismatic behaviors to advance your own personal interest, then people have every right to be cynical. But if your leadership flows first and foremost from inner character and integrity of ambition, then you can justly ask people to lend themselves to your organization and its mission.

 

Leadership is much less about what you do, and much more about who you are.

 
Leadership is much less about what you do, and much more about who you are. - Frances Hasselbein Click To Tweet

 

The best part of the character and quality of the leader is expressing who you are in the work you do and how you do it.

 



 

Few leaders are born. We learn to be leaders. We learn by working with other people and working through our philosophy.

 
Few leaders are born. We learn to be leaders. We learn by working with other people and working through our philosophy. - Frances Hasselbein Click To Tweet

 

People know that pursuing a mission without achieving results is dispiriting; achieving results without a mission is meaningless.

 
People know that pursuing a mission without achieving results is dispiriting; achieving results without a mission is meaningless. - Frances Hasselbein Click To Tweet
 

Telling it as it is. That’s what makes a top 10 list of the most inspiring leadership quotes. And Frances Hasselbein is not one to beat around the bush when she has to say a truth.

 



 



 

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