13 Quotes to Inspire Every Leader

Last week we mentioned that leadership can often feel isolating. Even though we may feel alone, the truth is there is usually someone who has gone before us - someone who has been there, done that. Thankfully, many of these leaders have imparted their wisdom with the world to help guide, motivate and inspire us when we need it the most. Here are a few encouraging words from our favorite leading ladies.   

"Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want."
Dianne Feinstein  
U.S. Senator 

"The essence of leadership is being able to see the iceberg before it hits the Titanic."  
Arianna Huffington  
President and Editor-In-Chief, The Huffington Post   

"I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that's how you grow. When there's that moment of 'Wow, I'm not really sure I can do this,' and you push through those moments, that's when you have a breakthrough."  
Marissa Mayer  
CEO, Yahoo!  

"Presenting leadership as a list of carefully defined qualities (like strategic, analytical and performance-oriented) no longer holds. Instead, true leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed... Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection."  
Sheryl Sandberg  
COO, Facebook  

"If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader."  
Dolly Parton  
Singer-songwriter and Philanthropist  

"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  
Former First Lady of the United States 

"The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it."  
Elaine Agather  
Chairwoman, JPMorgan Chase Bank's Dallas Region 

"Leadership is about the decisions you make, and the actions that you take each day. The world is waiting. Leadership is a choice - and it starts with you." 
Alyse Nelson  
President and CEO, Vital Voices Global Partnership  

"Some leaders are born women."  
Geraldine Ferraro  
Former U.S. Congresswoman 

"Leaders are more powerful role models when they learn than when they teach!" 
Rosabeth Moss Kantor  
Chair and Director of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative 

"I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody's passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn't mind leading."  
Amy Poehler  
Actor and Author  

"Women are leaders everywhere you look, from a CEO to house a wife that holds together a home. Our country was built by women who stand alone."  
Denise Clark  
Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.   

"True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but about those they serve. It is not about exalting themselves but about lifting others up."  
Sheri L. Dew  
Author and CEO of Deseret Book Company