Leadership Quotes from the Most Powerful Women …

“If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.” –Melinda Gates

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

“Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling

“People respond well to those that are sure of what they want.” – Anna Wintour

“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

“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” — Mary Louise Alcott

“My mother always told me, ‘Hide your face, people are looking at you.’ I would reply, it does not matter, I am also looking at them.”- Malala Yousafzai

“I demand pretty aggressive goal setting and a commitment to measure progress towards those goals because I don’t like surprises. I don’t even like good surprises.” – Abigail Johnson

“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.” – Michelle Obama

“Sit down and ask yourself, ‘What is the most important thing to me?’ What grosses me out the most? What makes me the most upset — is it healthcare? Is it so many people being hungry in our culture? Is it sexual abuse? Mix that with doing something you love, something you could keep doing forever and ever. For me it was ending violence against women, and I mixed it with music. And I’ve had a 25-year career. So that’s my advice: Find something you really care about and mix that with something you love doing.” — Kathleen Hanna

Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. And trust your instincts … good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don’t hurt. They’re not painful. That’s not just with somebody you want to marry, but it’s with the friends that you choose. It’s with the people you surround yourselves with.” —Michelle Obama

We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” – Malala Yousafzai

“I would rather be handsome for an hour than pretty for a week.” — Tilda Swinton

“Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then.” – Diana Ross

“I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” — Madonna

“Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.” — Hillary Clinton

“I have come to realize making yourself happy is most important. Never be ashamed of how you feel. You have the right to feel any emotion you want, and do what makes you happy. That’s my life motto.” — Demi Lovato

“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. There is no yesterday, no tomorrow, it’s all the same day.” –Janis Joplin

“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” — Mae Jemison

“In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman.” — Margaret Thatcher

“The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn but to unlearn.” — Gloria Steinem

“Buckle up, and know that it’s going to be a tremendous amount of work, but embrace it.” – Tory Burch

“The most effective way to do it; is to do it.” — Amelia Earhart

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”— Katharine Hepburn

“Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.” — Anne Frank

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” — Sally Berger

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion with one’s courage.” — Anais Nin

“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.” — J.K. Rowling

“Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.” — Helen Keller

“I know for sure that what we dwell on is what we become.” — Oprah Winfrey

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not making decisions.” — Catherine Cook

“It’s not your job to like me, it’s mine.” — Byron Katie

“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” — Gloria Steinem

” Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” — Ella Fitzgerald

“Giving up doesn’t always mean you’re weak. Sometimes you’re just strong enough to let go.” – Taylor Swift

“The best protection any woman can have is courage.” — Elizabeth Cady Stanton

” Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” – Ingrid Bergman

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” – Judy Garland

“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” — Lady Gaga

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart

“The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.” – Barbara Corcoran

“You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.” – Shonda Rhimes

“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” – Lucille Ball

“I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say ‘yes, women can.’” – Dilma Rousseff

“Beware of monotony; it’s the mother of all the deadly sins.” – Edith Wharton

“If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” – Erica Jong