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10 Quotes on Bad Leadership That Will Get You Thinking

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There are pages upon pages of positive, cheery, and inspirational leadership quotes on Google, so we didn't think you needed another. Instead, we wanted to present 10 of the most thought-provoking bad leadership quotes and the far-reaching impacts it can have if left unchecked. As you read the quotes, we hope you feel challenged to overcome the all-too-common pitfalls of bad leadership and become the best leader you can be. 

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Bad Leadership Quote from Alexander Den Heijer

“Bad leaders believe their team works for them. Great leaders believe they work for their team.” - Alexander den Heijer, Motivational Speaker


Bad Leadership Quote from Jack Welch

“When you were made a leader you weren't given a crown, you were given the responsibility to bring out the best in others.” - Jack Welch, Former CEO of General Electric


Bad Leadership Quote from Steve Jobs

“It doesn't make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do. We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.'” - Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple


Bad Leadership Quote from Simon Sinek

“Bad leaders care about who is right. Good leaders care about what is right.'” - Simon Sinek, Author, and Motivational Speaker


Bad Leadership Quote from Colin Powell

“Leadership is about solving problems. The day employees stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or conclude you do not care. Either case is a failure on leadership.” -Colin Powell, Politician


Bad Leadership Quote from Robert K. Greenleaf

“The most serious failure of leadership is the failure to foresee.” - Robert K. Greenleaf, Founder of the Modern Servant Leadership Movement


Bad Leadership Quote from Robin S. Sharma

“Leadership is not a popularity contest; it's about leaving your ego at the door. The name of the game is to lead without a title.” - Robin S. Sharma, Lawyer, and Author


Bad Leadership Quote from John Wooden

“A strong secure leader accepts blame and gives credit. A weak insecure leader gives blame and takes credit.” - John Wooden, Basketball Coach


Bad Leadership Quote from Miles K. Davis

“You can tell a bully from a leader by how they treat people who disagree with them.” - Miles K. Davis, President of Linfield College 


Bad Leadership Quote from Ken Blanchard

“Leadership is not about you. It's about investing in the growth of others.'” - Ken Blanchard, Author and Business Consultant 


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