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43 Great Quotes To Inspire You To Be a Better Christian Leader

A curated list of great leadership quotes by Christian thought leaders and from biblical passages, and scripture.

Anyone who has responsibility for the work of others understands the unique challenges that come with managing people.

Over the years, various thought leaders have come up with pearls of wisdom in the form of quotations that when given some thought, have a lot to teach us. Sometimes a simple quote is just the thing to lift our spirits, to make us smile or to give us the energy to keep going when we’re feeling low.

Here are 43 such quotes to make us better Christian leaders.

  1. “The Christian leader of the future is called to be completely irrelevant and to stand in this world with nothing to offer but his or her own vulnerable self.” – Unknown
  2. “In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.” – Unknown
  3. “The good news is, God has provided us with a LifeBook to help us – the Bible.” – Unknown
  4. “Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul.” – John Maxwell
  5. “There’s only two things you can start without a plan: a riot and a family, for everything else you need a plan.” – Unknown
  6. “Rejection is an opportunity for your selection.” – Unknown
  7. “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – John Maxwell
  8. “Leadership is getting people to work for you when they are not obligated.” – Fred Price
  9. “Running a project without a work breakdown structure is like going to a strange land without a roadmap” – J Phillips
  10. “You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.” – Henry Ford”
  11. “Have a good plan, Execute it violently, Do it today” – General Douglas McArthur
  12. “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that is has taken place.” – Unknown
  13. “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” – Winston Churchill
  14. “A project without a critical path is like a ship without a rudder.” – D. Meyer
  15. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams
  16. “What’s measured improves.” – Unknown
  17. “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint Exupéry 1900-1944, French writer and aviator
  18. “If it is not documented, it doesn’t exist. As long as information is retained in someone’s head, it is vulnerable to loss.” – Unknown
  19. “It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out nor more doubtful of success nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things.” – Machiavelli 1446-1507, Italian statesman and philosopher
  20.  “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra.” – Unknown
  21. “Luck is for the ill-prepared.” – Unknown
  22. “Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand.” – Chinese Proverb
  23. “Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating the talents of those who work for us and pointing them towards a certain goal.” –Unknown
  24. “PMs are the most creative pros in the world; we have to figure out everything that could go wrong before it does.” – Fredrik Haren
  25. “Why do so many professionals say they are project managing when what they are actually doing is firefighting?” –Unknown
  26. ”The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” –Unknown
  27. “Ensure your documentation is short and sharp and make much more use of people-to-people communication.” –Unknown
  28. “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” – Henry Ford
  29. ”Leadership offers an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, no matter what the project.” – Bill Owens
  30. “Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” – John C. Maxwell
  31. “Leaders have two characteristics: first they are going somewhere, and second they are able to persuade other people to go with them.” – John Maxwell
  32. ”The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” – Kenneth Blanchard
  33. ”The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.” – Warren Bennis
  34. ”The best example of leadership is leadership by example.” – Jerry McClain
  35. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams
  36. “The authority by which the Christian leader leads is not power but love, not force but example, not coercion but reasoned persuasion. Leaders have power, but power is safe only in the hands of those who humble themselves to serve.” – John Stott
  37. “We can be tired, weary and emotionally distraught, but after spending time alone with God, we find that He injects into our bodies energy, power and strength.” – Charles F. Stanley
  38. “Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45
  39. “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” –Unknown
  40. “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” – Mother Teresa
  41. “The greater your knowledge of the goodness and grace of God on your life, the more likely you are to praise Him in the storm.” – Matt Chandler
  42. “Continuous effort  – not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential” – Winston Churchill
  43. “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” – John Piper

If you know a great quote or scripture that will inspire others to lead their churches better, please feel free to share it in the comments below.

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Written by George Brzozowski

I want to help you to see news events as starting points for constructive conversations. I seek to cut through the froth of the political spin cycle to underlying truths and values. I want to be so focused on progress that together we can provide a credible and constructive counter-narrative to the hopelessness-, anger-, and fear-inducing brand of discourse that is so pervasive in the news.

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