Inauguration Day: Leadership Quotes from Past U.S. Presidents

After a long election year, Jan. 20, 2021, is upon us. Known as Inauguration Day in the U.S., this date represents the long-held tradition of the peaceful transition of presidential power in our constitutional republic. And to mark this momentous day, we’re sharing some of the best leadership quotes from past U.S. Presidents. Check out these leadership tips and let us know what your favorite is!

Don’t Fear Failure

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Lead Others to Be Great

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one who gets the people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Reagan

Own Up to Your Mistakes

“99% of failures come from people who make excuses.” – George Washington

Don’t Procrastinate

“Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.” – Abraham Lincoln

Be Proactive

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Focus on the Goal

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson

Embrace Your Role

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, then you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

Dream Big

“Keep working on a plan. Make no little plans. Make the biggest plan you can think of and spend the rest of your life carrying it out.” – Harry S. Truman

Elicit Greatness

“The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.” – James Buchanan

Test Your Character

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power” – Abraham Lincoln

What is your favorite presidential quote? Let us know in the comments section below!

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