Barak Obama is well known for becoming the first African American President of the United States, and served from 2009 to 2017. What can we learn from his leadership during his time as a senator and president? Here are our favorite 21 leadership quotes from Barak Obama.
Top 21 Leadership Quotes from Barack Obama
Americans… still believe in an America where anything’s possible – they just don’t think their leaders do.
But what we can do, as flawed as we are, is still see God in other people, and do our best to help them find their own grace. That’s what I strive to do, that’s what I pray to do every day.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Community colleges play an important role in helping people transition between careers by providing the retooling they need to take on a new career.
Contrary to the claims of some of my critics and some of the editorial pages, I am an ardent believer in the free market.
Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.
I don’t oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.
I think when you spread the wealth around it’s good for everybody.
I’ve got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.
If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.
It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we are today, but we have just begun. Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today.
Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference.
Our combat mission is ending, but our commitment to Iraq’s future is not.
There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America – there’s the United States of America.
This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands.
Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation – not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy. Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago.
We didn’t become the most prosperous country in the world just by rewarding greed and recklessness. We didn’t come this far by letting the special interests run wild. We didn’t do it just by gambling and chasing paper profits on Wall Street. We built this country by making things, by producing goods we could sell.
We need earmark reform, and when I’m President, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.
We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent.
We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don’t want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential.
We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things and tackling our biggest challenges.
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