One of the trickiest parts of being a leader is communication. While it is often overlooked, the ability to communicate effectively is a make-or-break skill for any leader. That’s why I thought I would share some of my favorite quotes on leadership communication.

Like many leaders I am a big reader. Learning from other leaders and other highly-effective people has been invaluable in my leadership journey. Whenever I’m reading, I take the time to jot down quotes to make sure I remember the lessons in the book.

If you’re looking to improve your ability to effectively communicate, consider these quotes! Some are from business leaders, some from famous writers and others – but all have kernels of wisdom on communication.

Quotes About the Importance of Leadership Communication

“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” – James Humes

“Great leaders communicate and great communicators lead.” – Simon Sinek

“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” – Lee Lacocca

“Developing excellent communication skills is absolutely essential to effective leadership. The leader must be able to share knowledge and ideas to transmit a sense of urgency and enthusiasm to others. If a leader can’t get a message across clearly and motivate others to act on it, then having a message doesn’t even matter.” — Gilbert Amelio

Leadership Communication Quotes About Listening

“One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears, by listening to them.” – Dean Rusk

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway

“We never listen when we are eager to speak.” – Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Quotes About Effective Leadership Communication

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

“Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow.” – Lawrence Clark Powell

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.” – Paul Drucker

“The less people know, the more they yell.” – Seth Godin

The Difference Between an Ordinary Leader and a Great Leader…

The difference between an ordinary leader and a great leader is often how they communicate. The good news is that like any skill, your communication is something that you can develop and improve over time.

On that note, I’ll leave you with one last quote…

“Communication works for those who work at it.” – John Powell