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An expert on leadership, business, and entrepreneurship, Ken Lear strives for greatness.

It can be easy to fall into a routine as a business leader, but what happens when you need to adapt as your company changes and demands even more of you? Providing inspirational and innovative ideas, being humble, and being a good listener and an advocate for your team is all part of what makes a great leader. Here are some of the best quotes to inspire you as you refine and redefine your own leadership skills:

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” -Warren Bennis, Leadership Studies Scholar

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States

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“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” – Herbert Swope, American journalist

“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” – Sam Walton, American businessman and entrepreneur

“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, American author and publisher

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.” – Andrew Carnegie, famous Scottish-American industrialist

“The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and the self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” – Norman Schwartzkopf, U.S. Army General

What are your favorite leadership quotes?