Through the centuries, some great military leaders have demonstrated great leadership skills. Although some of the leaders are no longer in this world, their leadership skills have been preserved in the form of quotes.

These quotes are and will always remain valuable because they are the words of some brave men and women who displayed courage, leadership along with compassion throughout their lives. They were fearless and accepted challenges that came their way. Some of them even sacrificed their lives for their country. They are and will always be everyone’s pride.

Today, these quotes are a source of learning and inspiration for all of us. Managers and leaders in any situation can apply these quotes in their personal and professional lives.

In this article, we will take you through some of the military leadership quotes that are applicable in different aspects of a workplace.

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The Most Inspirational Military Quotes of All Time

We know that there have been several wars in history. And all wars have their heroes and prominent leaders. Regardless of the outcome of the war, these men proved themselves to be icons and real heroes of their country. Their words and action reflected their wisdom.

Here is a collection of some very appealing military leadership quotes from some great minds.

If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The truth is that you always know the right thing to do. The tough part is doing it. – General Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. Army

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. – G.K. Chesterton

To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less. – Andre Malraux

“The most important thing I learned is that soldiers watch what their leaders do. You can give them classes and lecture them forever, but it is your personal example they will follow.” – General Colin Powell

Military Leadership Quotes for Motivation

Motivation plays a big role in the war. Why? Because it is the motivation to fight that keeps the spirit of soldiers intact. Without motivation, it can become difficult for soldiers to stick to their target.

Below are a few motivational military leadership quotes from prominent minds. As a manager, you can make a copy of them and place them on your office board. You can also encourage your employees to do the same. Some of them are:

The truly great leader overcomes all difficulties, and campaigns and battles are nothing but a long series of difficulties to be overcome. The lack of equipment, the lack of food, the lack of this or that are only excuses; the real leader displays his quality in his triumphs over adversity, however great it may be. – General of the Army George C Marshall, and former Secretary of State & Secretary of Defense

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. – Winston Churchill

The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten. – Calvin Coolidge

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. – Dwight Eisenhower

We live in a world that has walls, and those walls need to be guarded by men with guns.– Aaron Sork

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste death but once.– William Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar”


Military Leadership Quotes for Leaders

A leader is a man who can adapt principles to circumstances. – George S. Patton

Effective leaders are made, not born. They learn from trial and error, and from experience. – Colin Powell

Leadership is the sum of those qualities of intellect, human understanding, and moral character that enables a person to inspire and control a group of people successfully. – John A. Lejeune

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. – John F. Kennedy

‘The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. – Colin Powell