Quad City Leadership Consulting

Serving organizations through leadership development

Quad City Leadership Consulting provides strategic planning facilitation, training workshops, and leadership coaching.  Topics include delegation, effective conversations, conflict resolution, motivation, team-building, servant leadership, non-profit management, and stewardship.

Inspirational Leadership Quotes

“Change is the law of life - and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
- John F. Kennedy

“Organizational change always begins with a personal change.”
- Robert Quinn

“If you are going to try and change things, you had better have your wits about you.”
- Dorothy Day

“As quickly as the world is changing, the capacities needed by its leaders also change.”
- Ellen Van Velsor and Victoria Guthrie

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
- John F. Kennedy

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
- Mahatma Gandhi

Leadership and management
“Most US corporations today are over-managed and under-led. They need to develop their capacity to exercise leadership.”
- John Kotter

“What you cannot enforce, do not command.”
- Sophocles

“I am defining leadership in terms of the role, not the position.”
- Edgar Schein

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”
- Peter Drucker

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
- Albert Einstein

“To find fault is easy: to do better may be difficult.”
- Plutarch

Servant leadership
“The servant leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve.”
- Robert Greenleaf

“Anyone among you who aspires to greatness must serve the rest.”
- Jesus

“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve…. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway.”
- Kent M. Keith

“One thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”
- Albert Schweitzer

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor.”
- Max DePree

“Level 5 leaders are a study in duality: modest and willful, humble and fearless.”
- Jim Collins

“Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. Lay first the foundation of humility.”
- St Augustine

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”
- Rick Warren

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists. Not so good when people obey and acclaim him. Worse when they despise him. But of a good leader who talks little when his work is done … they will say, ‘We did it ourselves’”.
- Lao-Tzu

“You don’t build it for yourself. You know what the people want and you build it for them.”
- Walt Disney

“No man will ever make a great leader who wants to do it all by himself or to get all the credit for doing it”
- Andrew Carnegie

“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles, but today it means getting along with people.”
- Indira Gandhi

“To make a system stronger, we need to make stronger relationships.”
- Margaret Wheatley

“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

“People make things happen. All the rest is just window dressing.”
- Oprah Winfrey


“The very essence of leadership is that you have a vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.”
- Theodore Hesburgh

“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.”
- Japanese proverb

“Remarkable opportunities exist for those who would lead their enterprises and this country into a new kind of community- a cohesive community of healthy children, strong families, good schools, decent neighborhoods and work that dignifies the individual.”
- Frances Hesselbein

“Vision is composed of one part foresight, one part insight, plenty of imagination and judgment, and often, a healthy dose of chutzpah.”
- Burt Nanus

“I skate to where the puck is going to be.”
- Wayne Gretzky

“Opportunities multiply as they are seized.”
- Sun Tzu

“A high profile, charismatic style is absolutely not required to successfully shape a visionary company.”
- James Collins and Jerry Porras


“A fundamental responsibility of leadership is make sure that everybody knows the mission, understands it, lives it.”
- Peter Drucker

“Passion is what gives sense to our life.”
- Dalai Lama

“Companies that succeed are driven by internal ambition. Stock price doesn’t drive them. Ambition and values drive them.”
- Sumantra Ghoshal

“There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
- Nelson Mandela

“For organizations, groups or families, soul is a bedrock sense of who we are, what we care about and what we believe in.”
- Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal


“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
- Socrates

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
- Helen Keller

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
- Winston Churchill

“It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist.”
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.”
- Warren Bennis


“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
- Confucius

“Success is a journey, not a destination. It requires constant effort, vigilance and re-evaluation.”
- Mark Twain

“A thousand mile journey begins with one step.”
- Zen saying

“Genius in one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
- Thomas Edison

“We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.”
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Leaders are not born; they are made. And, they are made just like anything else - through hard work.”
- Vince Lombardi

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
- Albert Einstein


“The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”
- Socrates

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”
- Seneca

“Nothing great was ever done without much enduring.”
- St. Catherine of Siena

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier.”
- Mother Teresa

“Honest, forward-looking, inspiring and competent: these remain the pre-requisites to developing ourselves globally as leaders.”
- James Kouzes and Barry Posne

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