Leadership Quotes by Women Leaders

Quotes from female leaders that motivate and inspire

At Key Search, we are passionate about moving towards an equal future, and with that, women in leadership roles. Women leaders bring important views, inspiring vision and a unique leadership style to the post-pandemic world. 


From empathy and adaptability to compelling communication as leadership skills to the importance of honesty, courage and decisive action in leadership, the importance of these skills and traits is revealed in quotes from women leaders from all over the world. 

Throughout history, we have told women
that they are too kind and caring to be leaders, 
but the notion that someone who is not kind and caring
can lead effectively is at odds with reality. […] 
Twenty-first century leadership demands that leaders establish an emotional connection with their followers.

Quotes by Women Leaders – a Collection by Key Search

Quotes from female leaders are a source of insight and motivation. From a first spark to a full revelation, quotes by women leaders can help women in business, female leaders and employees as a source of inspiration to apply in their work life. 

How important is it for female entrepreneurs and women leaders to inspire? It’s at the very top of the list. Nobody knows this better than these inspiring women, paving the way and living female leadership across industries and countries.

Inspirational Quotes

Motivational quotes are a great way to inspire yourself, your team, or your entire company. 

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At the end of the day, don’t define me by these labels, define me by the quality of the output I produce.

Indra Nooyi, former CEO of Pepsi

I think realizing that you’re not alone, that you are standing with millions of your sisters around the world is vital.

Malala Yousafzai

When you’re a leader everyone watches – the way you walk, talk and smile. You must do it with confidence.

Indra Nooyi, former CEO of Pepsi

There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women.

Malala Yousafzai

The biggest barrier for women is the thought that they can’t have it all.

Cathy Engelbert, Commissioner WNBA

Success Quotes

The success of your business is what you work for – download and share them with employees to lead and inspire.

The only way you’re going to achieve what you want is to be a lifelong student. Study everything.

Indra Nooyi, former CEO of Pepsi

Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else.

Sara Blakely, CEO Spanx

I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.

Ginni Rometty, Executive Chairman of IBM

Inspirational Quotes

A different angle, a new perspective – business quotes blend learnings with inspiration, download your favorites to share with your team.

I tell my daughters to have their voice in this world, and it became clear I needed to role-model that.

Melinda Gates

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.

Maya Angelou, Poet and Civil Rights Activist

The secret of getting things done is to act.

Cynt Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks

The world’s most prominent women leaders show the importance of honesty, courage, impact, and decisive action in leadership.

Oprah Winfrey, Media Executive and Philanthropist

Women Leadership Quotes

Lifelong self development is at the core of successful leadership. Share the advice of great leaders with your team and your organization.

When people feel that they are able to bring their emotional truth to the workplace with leaders who are compassionate and curious rather than leaders who want the answers, that is a first building block of emotional agility.

Susan David, Harvard Medical School Professor

Self-awareness and self-love matter. Who we are is how we lead.

Brené Brown, Author

Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO

Restore connection’ is not just for devices, it is for people too. If we cannot disconnect, we cannot lead.

Arianna Huffington, Author, Co-Founder and CEO

Diversity and Inclusion

Advice by women leaders on how to unlock the potential of all employees and driving real change through inclusivity and diversity

If you want me to work in a company, create an environment that I can work in.

Indra Nooyi, former CEO of Pepsi

I am committed to ensuring that others don’t experience gender or any other form of bias and are assessed based on the skills they bring to the table. I believe in the importance of championing women as the key contributors and decision makers they are.

Karen Lynch, CEO of CVS Health

Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, late Supreme Court Justice

The Benefits of Female Leadership

While still underrepresented today, a new leadership style has emerged during the pandemic that recognizes the positive impact of female leadership on an organization. 

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Key Search – Inspired by Women Leaders

It is critical that women in leadership roles have visibility as role models to encourage other women to step up and step out. With a noticeable upwards trend of more women in executive roles, Key Search has the experts to add to this female leadership quota in your organization.

Key Search has built a rich quote resource ranging from inspirational quotes to advice and business quotes. Created for women leaders to use, whether you are looking for inspiration to add to a presentation, an email, or a framed business quote for the office, these quotes are here for you to use and download as you like.

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