Ever wished that you could have your own personal cheerleader on tap to whisper words of wisdom into your ear when the going gets tough? Someone who knows just what to say, exactly when you need it? We’ll we’ve got the next best thing; 10 inspirational quotes from badass female leaders who have been there and done it already. Where better to look for inspiration than some of the most successful female leaders for inspiration, empowerment and mentoring?

Leadership Definition

“Leaders are not just born. Sure, some people are born with strong competencies and strengths for leading in certain situations, but it is very clear that leadership can also be developed. That means everyone can strengthen their skills and abilities to lead and influence.” Dr. Susan Madsen

“Leadership is not about men in suits. It is a way of life for those who know who they are and are willing to be their best to create the life they want to live.”  Kathleen Schafer

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

Learning from Failure

“We need to accept that we don’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes. Understand that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” Arianna Huffington

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.”  Oprah Winfrey

“Do not be afraid to make decisions. Do not be afraid to make mistakes.” Carly Fiorina

Being a Leader People want to Follow

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

“People respond well to those that are sure of what they want.” Anna Wintour

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” Maya Angelou

“The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first.” Iyanla Vanzant

When you face Negativity

“Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.” Hillary Clinton

“As women, we must stand up for ourselves. We must stand up for each other. We must stand up for justice for all.” Michelle Obama

Follow your Bliss

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” Oprah Winfrey

“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” Maya Angelou

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

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