20 Leadership Quotes by Women to Inspire You in 2020

20 of our favorite leadership quotes by women

At Be Leaderly, we’re on a mission to help you see yourself as a leader—now, without changing who you are.

Let’s face it, you deserve nothing less than a lifetime of work that plays to your strengths, energizes you, and allows you to operate at your best every day, without being anything other than your authentic, luminous self. But, life can get complicated and messy, and it isn’t always easy to be reminded of your strengths and all that you’re capable of leading and achieving.

Bookmark this page for those days when you need a reminder to be courageously authentic, grow into the most “leaderly” version of yourself possible, and let your greatness glow.

As you launch into 2020, here are 20 of our favorite leadership quotes, by women, taken directly from the pages of Jo Miller’s just-released book Woman of Influence: 9 Steps to Build Your Brand, Establish Your Legacy, and Thrive.

We hope they’ll inspire you to dream bigger, reimagine yourself as a woman of influence, and become the leader you were meant to be.

Leadership quote by women: See yourself as a leader now

“See yourself as a leader now. Leadership is an action, not a position.” —Cindy Pace

Don't become indispensible for doing work that hides your potential

“Don’t become indispensable for doing work that hides your potential.” —Jo Miller

Leadership quote by women: Do not define your boldest dreams

“Do not define your boldest dreams by your history. Dream bigger.” —Pamela Stewart

We are often so focused on trying to fix our weaknesses

“We are often so focused on trying to fix our weaknesses that we neglect to nurture our strengths.” —Jo Miller

You have one lifetime to live

“You have one lifetime to live. Choose gigs that feed your soul.” —Sara Sperling

Being indispensible in your current job won't move your career forward

“Being indispensable in your current job won’t move your career forward.” —Jo Miller

Be Bold. Push Yourself.

“Be bold. Push yourself. And get comfortable being uncomfortable.” —Angie Hemmelgarn

Leadership is not about doing more.

“Leadership is not about doing more. It’s about switching from doing to leading.” —Jo Miller

If you feel more confident-achieve your dream.

“If you feel 50 percent or more confident that you can achieve your dream, you’re not dreaming big enough.” —Pamela Stewart

From this point forward-define you more as a leader

“From this point forward, the tasks you let go of will define you more as a leader than what you take on.” —Jo Miller

All organizations need leaders

“All organizations need leaders at every job level and are looking for those who will step up and lead.” —Holly Meidl

You dont need a title to be a leader or accomplish amazing things

“You don’t need a title to be a leader or to accomplish amazing things. See yourself as a leader, now, without changing who you are.” —Jo Miller

There are very few roles today...

“There are very few roles today that have ‘command and control’ type authority. Most require leading with influence, the most powerful form of leadership.” —Holly Meidl

Feedback, if you're willing to hear it...

“Feedback, if you’re willing to hear it and even if it stings at first, can be one of the most powerful engines behind your development as a leader.” —Jo Miller

There's power in surrounding yourself...

“There’s power in surrounding yourself with people who see the leader in you. A strong network of supporters is key to accomplishing amazing things.” —Georgene Huang

Connect before you collaborate

“Connect before you collaborate. Listen before you lead. Partner before you persuade.” —Jo Miller

People do not follow a title

“People do not follow a title. They follow a person whom they trust, respect, and believe in.” —Dara Bazzano

Don't just kick open doors

“Don’t just kick open doors. Hold them open and invite others to step through.” —Jo Miller

There's a lot you can accomplish by yourself

“There’s a lot you can accomplish by yourself, but if you want to do bigger things, it’s going to take a community.” —Serpil Bayraktar

Stepping up as a leader can feel risky

“Stepping up as a leader can feel risky. The relationships you invest in and the people you bring along with you are your safety net.” —Jo Miller

The Be Leaderly Team

We are dedicated to helping emerging women leaders advance into management and leadership positions. With clients like Amazon, Bank of America, Boeing, eBay, GM, Homeland Security, MetLife,  Microsoft, Siemens, Society of Women Engineers, Verizon, USDA—and more than 400 organizations in the commercial, academic, non-profit and government sectors, Be Leaderly works with organizations that want to develop a pipeline of qualified and engaged emerging women leaders. Our workshops, webinars and coaching programs help women employees gain clarity on how their talents can contribute to the organization’s success, encourage them to enter the leadership pipeline, and provide them with the tools necessary to take ownership of their career advancement.

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