Quotes for Leaders in Education

No matter what leadership position you hold--or seek to hold--we hope you find these quotes motivational.

1. "The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there."
John Buchan

2. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has."
Margaret Mead

3. "The fundamental pillars of school leadership are relationships; nothing substitutes for building and nurturing them."
Joanne Rooney

4. "The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born."
Warren Bennis

5. "Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems."
Brian Tracy

6. "Each day you are leading by example. Whether you realize it or not or whether it's positive or negative, you are influencing those around you."
Rob Liano

7. "Good feedback is THE most powerful tool you can use to help teachers improve. And yet, you can never have the impact you want to have with teachers if you are accidentally killing their motivation and ability to act on your feedback."
Robyn Jackson

8. "The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails."
John Maxwell

9. "Around here we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
Walt Disney

10. "There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss. Both are based on authority. A boss demands blind obedience; a leader earns his authority through understanding and trust."
Klaus Balkenhol

11. "To lead teachers toward greater success, principals need to place both student and adult learning at the center."
Kevin Fahey

12. "A leader... is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind."
Nelson Mandela

13. "To be inspired is great, but to inspire is an honor."
Stacey T. Hunt

14. "The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet."
Reverend Theodore Hesburgh

15. "No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you've come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself."