More Leadership Poems: Leadership Trait Tools

Additional leadership poems are presented here in response to widespread feedback from our readers who enjoyed our first poems on leadership collection.

"The written word is a powerful force
to confront issues and manifest change in the world.”

Today people all over the globe live each day confronting violence, bigotry, scarcity of jobs, livable wages, housing and health care. The poet plays an important role in helping to confront every life condition.

"The poet can lift up and comfort those by sharing their struggles, hopes and aspirations with the world."

It’s been said that the power of the poem empowers the poet to effectively transform an individual and an entire community. The role of the poet is to turn despair into care.

In a truly effective manner, the written word can change us. Poems can connect us to ourselveselves and open our eyes to new beginnings, brighter days ahead and renewed hope.

The talented poets of yesterday and today work to perfect the role of being outstanding listeners. They read each side of an issue and provide a message that makes sense to the reader.

As a leader, you are and will continue to be confronted daily by adversaries, by setbacks, barriers and hurdles that get in the way of progress. Somewhere along the way, you will have your opportunity to speak.

Great leaders take time to be thankful; to be gracious and humble. They work to use language to bring about a mutually agreeable solution. They make every effort to utilize language effectively, and in a way that speaks best about their character.

The following are an additional collection of leadership poems that we believe offer insightful lessons on life and the art of leadership.

Encore Leadership Poem Collection

Will Power

There is no chance, no destiny, no fate
Can circumvent, or hinder, or control
The firm resolve of a determined soul.
Gift counts for little; Will alone is great
All things give way before it, soon or late.
What obstacle can stay the mighty force
Of the sea-seeking river in its course,
Or cause the ascending orb of day to wait?
Each well-born soul must win what it deserves,
Let the fool prate of Luck! The fortunate
Is he whose earnest purpose never swerves,
Whose slightest action or inaction serves
The one great aim.
Why, even death stands still
And waits, an hour, sometimes, for such a Will!

- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Aim for Best-In-Class
Leadership Poems

If I were a cobbler, it would be my pride
The best of all cobblers to be;
If I were a tinker, no tinker beside
Should mend an old kettle like me.

- Unknown

Firm Resolve
Leadership Poetry

The star of the unconquered will
He rises in my breast
Serense, and resolute and still
And calm and self-possessed.

- Longfellow

Success Under Difficulties
Leadership Poems

Yes, to this thought I hold with firm persistence;
the last result of wisdom stamps it true;
He only earns his freedom and existence
Who daily conqers them anew.

- Goethe

An Unwavering Aim
Leadership Poetry

Life is an arrow – therefore you must know
What mark to aim at, how to use the bow –
Then draw it to the head and Let It Go!

- Henry Van Dyke

True Grit
Leadership Poems

The nerve that never relaxes,
The eye that never blanches,
The thought that never wanders, -
These are the masters of Victory.

- Edmund Burke

Opportunities Where You Stand
Leadership Poetry

To each man’s life there comes a time supreme;
One day, one night, one morning, or one noon,
One freighted hour, one moment opportune,
One rift through which sublime fulfillments gleam,
One space when fate goes tiding with the stream,
One Once, in balance twixt Too Late, Too Soon,
And ready for the passing instant’s boon
To tip in favor the uncertain beam.
Ah, happy he who, knowing how to wait,
Knows also how to watch and work and stand
On Life’s broad deck alert, and at the prow
To seize the passing moment, big with fate,
From opportunity’s extended hand,
When the great clock of destiny strikes Now!

- Mary A. Townsend

A Soldier's Epitaph
Leadership Poems

Here lies a soldier whom all must applaud, Who fought many battles at home and abroad; But the hottest engagement he ever was in, Was the conquest of self, in the battle of sin.

- Unknown

Steer Thoughts To Prevent A Wreck
Leadership Poetry

We build our future, thought by thought,
Or good or bad, and know it not –
Yet so the universe is wrought.
Thought is another name for fate,
Choose, then, thy destiny, and wait –
For love brings love, and hate brings hate.

- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Something Clicked!
Leadership Poem

The most valuable thing which ever comes into a life Is that experience, that book, that sermon, that person, That incident, that emergency, that accident, That catastophy – that something which touches the springs Of a man’s inner nature and flings open the doors Of his great within, Revealing its hidden resources.

- Orison Swett Marden

Choosing Happiness
Leadership Poetry

I am not fighting my fight,
I am singing my song.

- Unknown

Smile once in a while,
It will make your heart seem lighter.
Life’s a mirror; If we smile,
Smiles come back to greet us;
If we’re frowning all the while
Frowns forever meet us.

- Unknown

Press On
Leadership Poem

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.
Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
The slogan "press on" has solved
and always will solve
the problems of the human race.

- Calvin Coolidge, U.S. President

Gratitude and Thanks Giving
Leadership Poetry

The sun was shining in my eyes, and I could barely see
To do the necessary task that was allotted me.
Resentment of the vivid glow, I started to complain -
When all at once upon the air I heard the blind man's cane.

- Unknown

Starting Over
Leadership Poems

Another fresh new year is here.
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest.
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!

- William Arthur Ward

The Optimist's Creed
Leadership Poem

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
Promise yourself these things.

- Christian Larson

Thanks for your interest in our Leadership Poems Collection - we encourage you to utilize leadership poems as leadership tools for continued growth and development.

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- Ann Landers

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