25 Inspirational Christian Leadership Quotes

We all want to be leaders don’t we? Especially because we know our capacity as a leader will directly effect those serving in the church under us.

Here are 25 quotes from a variety of inspirational Christians leaders.


  1. “We’ve traded the leadership pipeline of Jesus for the constructs of cultural Christianity.” – Will Mancini
  2. “A leader’s role is to define reality and then give hope.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  3. “It is hard to think of many things that do more damage to an organization than leaders who have no plan for how they will hand over power.” – Anonymous
  4. “True greatness, true leadership, is found in in giving yourself in service to others, not in coaxing or inducing others to serve you.” – J. Oswald Sanders
  5. “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

  6. “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” -Warren Bennis
  7. “No one can be a good bishop if he loves his title and not his task.”  – Augustine
  8. “Developing leaders in a pipeline is developing them for all arenas of life.” – Eric Geiger
  9. “When you think about ‘organic’ remember that nature is full of systems.” – Anonymous

  10. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  11. A visionary may see, but a leader must decide.
  12. “Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.” – Charles Spurgeon
  13. “The moment you feel the need to tightly manage someone, you’ve made a hiring mistake.” – Jim Collins
  14. “Confident and courageous leaders have no problems pointing out their own weaknesses and ignorance.”  – Thomas Rainer
  15. “I will be letting a younger generation make more and more calls as I move into my 50s.  They have a better pulse on today’s culture.” – Carey Nieuwhof

  16. “Many who aspire to leadership fail because they have never learned to follow.” – Anonymous
  17. “Great vision without great people is irrelevant.” – Jim Collins
  18. “You must have a strategy because you will run out of money before you run out of ministry ideas.” – Kevin Peck
  19. “There is nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency something that should not be done at all.” – Peter Drucker
  20. “If you’re a leader and not a learner, you’re going to have a real short shelf-life.” –Todd Adkins
  21. “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
  22. “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
  23. “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” – Tom Peters

  24. “He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.” – Aristotle
  25. “Behavior from important people in an organization, contrary to the vision, overwhelms all other forms of communication.” – John Kotter

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