Famous Quotes on Coaching for Leaders

By Whitney Hopler, Communications Coordinator

Coaching is a vital leadership skill to learn for 21st century workplaces, which are often centered on teamwork. The more you, as a leader, can build good relationships with the people you lead, the more success you all can enjoy together.  Here are some famous motivational quotes on coaching and leadership:

“With the right kind of coaching and determination you can accomplish anything.” – Reese Witherspoon

“In the past a leader was a boss. Today’s leaders must be partners with their people; they no longer can lead solely based on positional power.” – Ken Blanchard

“Coaching is designed to be the leadership approach of the 21st century.” – James Belasco

“Coaching will become the model for leaders in the future … I am certain that leadership can be learned and that terrific coaches … facilitate learning.” – Warren Bennis

“Coaching is a service. We serve our clients and have their well-being as the higher priority.” – Michael J. Marx

“Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of people and getting them to believe in you.” – Eddie Robinson

“Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.” – Timothy Gallwey 

“My best investment is the money I’ve spent developing myself, via books, workshops and coaching. Leadership begins within, and to have a better career, start by building a better you.” – Robin S. Sharma

“The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.” – Woodrow Wilson

“Good leadership isn’t about advancing yourself. It’s about advancing your team.” – John Maxwell

“Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen.” – Pete Carroll

“That’s the beauty of coaching. You get to touch lives. You get to make a difference.” – Morgan Wootten

“If there is anything I would like to be remembered for it is that I helped people understand that leadership is helping other people grow and succeed. To repeat myself, leadership is not just about you. It’s about them.” – Jack Welch

“One of the most important things about leadership is that you have to have the kind of humility that will allow you to be coached.” – Jim Yong Kim

“Techniques don’t produce quality products or pick up the garbage on time. People do, people who care, people who are treated as creatively contributing adults.” – Tom Peters

“A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.” – Jim Rohn

“Coaching helps you take stock of where you are now in all aspects of your life, and how that compares to where you would like to be.” – Elaine MacDonald

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Great managers make themselves dispensable and let frontline people make the decisions.” – Sinclair Beecham

“The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they eventually surpass him or her in knowledge and ability.” – Fred A. Manske Jr.

“There is only one thing worse than training employees and losing them, and that’s not training them and keeping them.” – Zig Ziglar

“The leader is one who mobilizes others toward a goal shared by leaders and followers … Leaders, followers and goals make up the three equally necessary supports for leadership.” – Gary Wills

“Coaching is the most important servant/leadership element in helping people accomplish their goals.” – Bill Hybels

“People don’t mind being challenged to do better if they know the request is coming from a caring heart.” – Ken Blanchard

“People have a reservoir of talent worth discovering. They just have to be given the opportunity to discover it in themselves.” – Ricardo Semler

“Managers help people see themselves as they are. Leaders help people to see themselves better than they are.” – Jim Rohn

“Tell me, and I’ll forget. Show me, and I’ll remember. Involve me, and I’ll learn.” – Marla Jones

“If you want to lead, first learn how to follow.” – Rick Beneteau

“A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be.” – Tom Landry

“A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.” – John Wooden

“Leaders are made; they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” – Vince Lombardi

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter

“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” – John Maxwell

“You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.” – Mother Teresa

“Coaching is one of the most effective leadership styles that can transform, empower and unlock people’s potential. Ask more, give advice less, and elevate your impact forever.” – Farshad Asl