Leaders don’t become leaders by chance and most definitely not overnight. Each and every one of them have been put to the test at some point during their lives, both personally and professionally. Leadership requires of people to stretch like they’ve never stretched before because it’s not only their butt on the line, but also their tribe’s. Leaders have a purpose bigger than the average person; not better, but one that demands a certain set of skills.

How well they handle the bumpy road toward success, the intensity and emotional roller coaster ride it can be, dictates the level they are at, and how exemplary of a leader they are. We looked up some of the world’s most successful executives, entrepreneurs, and industry experts to share their best leadership secrets and million dollar methods’ on their way to success.   

Now, words aren’t going to make you a better leader, but when you truly can practice what you read, learn and preach, a thing well done is always better than well said. We didn’t say that by the way. Benjamin Franklin did. 

Here are 20 super-successful people and their memorable quotes on success and leadership:

1
‘The ability to inspire change is the true definition of a good leader and anyone can learn how to do it.’ 

Tony Robbins, Thought leader, motivational speaker, investor.

2
‘Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.’
Oprah Winfrey, Producer, entrepreneur, philantropist.

3
If we tried to think of a good idea, we wouldn’t have been able to think of a good idea. You just have to find the solution for a problem in your own life.’
Brian Chesky, Co-founder of Airbnb.

4
I’m always tweaking, always trying to make it better, constantly moving the levers and dials.’
Steve Ells, founder and co-CEO of Chipotle.

5
‘One of the greatest skills of leadership is being unflappable. Anytime you do anything in the world; there’s going to be criticism.’
AriannaHuffington, Co-found and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post Media Group.

6
‘A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.’
Bob Dylan, Singer songwriter.

7
‘Don’t assume that borrowing lots of money can make your startup fly. There are many things to the business other than investors, and it’s possibly to succeed with your startup without breaking the bank.’
BarnabyLashbrooke, Founder of Time Etc.

8
‘If you tune it so that you have zero chance of failure, you usually also have zero chance of success. The key is to look at ways for when you get to your failure checkpoint, you know to stop.’
Reid Hoffman, Co-founder of LinkedIn

9
‘You can never control how people respond to your work. You can only control your own work ethic.’
Kerry Washington, Actrice, activist.

10
‘I’m hungry for knowledge. The whole thing is to learn every day, to get brighter and brighter. That’s what this world is about.’
Jay-Z, Music mogul, entrepreneur, philanthropist.

‘One of the greatest skills of leadership is being unflappable. Anytime you do anything in the world; there’s going to be criticism.’ 

11
‘No matter how many customers you have, each is an individual. The day you start thinking of them as this amorphous ‘collection’ and stop thinking of them as people is the day you start going out of business.’
Dharmesh Shah, Co-Founder of HubSpot

12
‘You have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end.’
Jessica Herrin, founder and CEO of Stella & Dot

13
‘If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.’
Coco Chanel, Fashion designer

14
‘Being a woman in business doesn’t come without challenges. My advice? Surround yourself with other supportive women that encourage you, share ideas, and get motivated.’
Jessica Alba, Founder of The Honest Company

15
‘Better to live one year as a tiger, than a hundred as a sheep.’
Madonna, Singer song writer, actress.

16
‘If you start thinking you are good at something, that’s often the day you stop trying to be better and open the back door for someone to come after you. That’s why we always aim higher. We never feel like we’re done.’
Drew Houston, Co-founder and CEO of Dropbox

17
‘I don’t really manage my time. I really just wait until I’m inspired to do something. And when I’m inspired to do something, it just happens.’
Steve Martin, Actor

18
‘Do not focus on numbers. Focus on doing what you do best. It’s about building a community who want to visit your site every day because you create value and offer expertise.’
Cassey Ho, Founder of Blogilates.com

18
‘Success isn’t determined by how many times you win, but by how you play the week after you lose.’
Pele, Professional football player

19
‘If something is important enough, or you believe something is important enough, even if you are scared, you will keep going.’
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX

20
‘You’ll never be admired without being criticized first.’
Grant Cardone, Best selling author, real estate mogul

There are many ways of doing business and being an entrepreneur, but what they all have in common is their ability to lead. You have to. Leadership is necessary when you are in charge of a company. At the end of the day successful leadership boils down to not how much authority you have, but how high your level of influence is. People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude. True leadership is action and example. We suggest you live by those.

We hope you enjoyed our picks this week!

Sunshine,

The MDC Team