11 Leadership Lessons From Michael Jordan


Greatest Basketball Player of All Time, with 6 Championship rings, 5 NBA MVPs, 6 Finals MVPs, and now the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, Michael Jordan not only inspires basketball fans all over the world but also motivates leaders and entrepreneurs with his famous quotes that can guide us in our journey to success.

Here are leadership lessons quoted by ‘his airness‘, the one and only Michael Jordan:

Lesson 1: Failure is just a stepping stone to success.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Lesson 2: Leaders are not afraid of failure. They know that if they learn from their mistakes, they don’t actually fail.

I've never been afraid to fail. -Michael Jordan Click To Tweet

Lesson 3: Leaders try.

“My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.'”

Michael-Jordan-Quotes-Accept-Failure1I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying. -Michael Jordan Click To Tweet

Lesson 4: Leaders turn negative situation into a positive situation.

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”

Lesson 5: Leaders have clear vision and they know what they need to do to succeed.

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them. -Michael Jordan- Click To Tweet

Lesson 6: Leaders recognize that obstacles, disappointments and set backs are not going to stop them. They always find a way to succeed.

mj quote“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

Lesson 7: Leaders make things happen.

mj“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

Lesson 8: Leaders know very well the power of teamwork to achieve long term goals.

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. -Michael Jordan- Click To Tweet There is no 'i' in team but there is in win. -Michael Jordan- Click To Tweet

Lesson 9: Leaders don’t lose focus and always give their best effort.

“The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.”

Lesson 10: Leaders do the hard work and develop positive attitude.

I-hope-the-millions-of-People-Michael-Jordan“I hope the millions of people I’ve touched have the optimism and desire to share their goals and hard work and persevere with a positive attitude.”

Lesson 11: Leaders are unstoppable. They know no limits.

Limits, like fear, is often an illusion. Click To Tweet


What other quotes do you know from Michael Jordan or other athletes that can inspire us to be better leaders? Share your thoughts by commenting below.

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  • Raymond March 28, 2014, 9:35 AM

    Yes. I think Michael Jordan is one of the greatest athletes with a lot of quotable quotes hehe. The ones I am familiar with are numbers 1, 3 and 7.

  • Caitlin February 23, 2017, 1:32 PM

    Michel Jordan is so expiring I use to hat basketball and now I always want to play lots even at school

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