36 Inspiring Leadership Quotes from Women in Sports and Female Athletes

We’ve gathered some really inspiring quotes about leadership and its importance in sports from famous female athletes and female sports personalities in this post. Leadership is essential in sports, particularly team sports. A team’s leader must make numerous important decisions both on and off the field. Leading a team, or any group, necessitates a variety of temperaments and interpersonal qualities.

The inspirational quotes about leadership from female sports personalities teach us about the role of women as leaders in sports and their significance.

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Let’s take a quick quiz now before reading these inspiring sports quotes. Your task in this quiz is to identify the authors of the quotes we’ve provided from this post. You’ll have three choices to choose from, so think carefully! Match the words to the person who said them!


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  1. The first quality of being a good leader is you have to be able to follow. See, a good leader can’t just be the leader all the time, I have to be able to follow. Lisa Leslie, former basketball player

  2. It is very hard to be a female leader. While it is assumed that any man, no matter how tough, has a soft side and female leader is assumed to be one-dimensional. Billie Jean King, Tennis Player

  3. Everyone leads in their own way. To me, I feel like leadership is everyone can be a leader. It’s just about doing it first yourself, and then soon people will follow. Mallory Pugh, American soccer player

  4. I am a leader, I am not a follower. I create my own path, and that way, I cannot blame anyone else if I do not succeed. Dana Brooke, professional wrestler

  5. I have to get everybody ready and get them together, make sure that they’re confident. Get people to their spots so they can do their best,. Elena Delle Donne, basketball player

  6. Be a good person, be a great leader, and be a good role model. Continue working hard and giving it your all, and that’s all you can do. Caroline Wozniacki, tennis player

  7. Ambition is not giving up on yourself, leadership is not giving up on your team. Mithali Raj, cricket player

  8. We find it so odd when women lead men, but women have been teaching men for years. We have to normalize it. Katie Sowers, American football coach

  9. The most important thing is how to work together. Nobody who’s ever been great has ever done it by themselves. Nancy Lieberman, former basketball player

  10. I want to be a leader; I want people to follow me. I may be little, but I can do it. Stacy Lewis, American professional golfer

  11. Being a great leader includes having confidence, being able to include everyone, being able to help individuals who are under you, being able to bring people together. Allyson Felix, Olympic champion

  12. If there is a barrier in the way, I think I have to bust it down and extend beyond myself. Megan Rapinoe, American soccer player

  13. I’ll do anything for my team, and I’ll speak up when needed, but I tend to lead more by example. Christine Sinclair, Canadian soccer player

  14. I choose to believe, to be open to change, to lead with love, and I dare to be remarkable — I choose to be bold. Tamika Catchings, retired basketball player

  15. Every time there’s a competition, I want to be able to dominate it. Maya Moore, basketball player

  16. As simple as it sounds, we all must try to be the best person we can: by making the best choices, by making the most of the talents we’ve been given. Mary Lou Retton, American gymnast

  17. “When we face adversity on and off the court, as leaders we can’t look all frantic. We have to be the ones they can turn to and feel a sense of calm. Kia Nurse, basketball player

  18. Being a leader is figuring out how you can connect with each person and grow a level of respect, but also a level of friendship. Kate Fitzgerald, volleyball player

  19. I like the challenge of getting players to rise to certain levels, but that’s the easy part. The biggest challenge is to get them to believe in what we’re doing. Dawn Staley, American basketball player

  20. No matter what happens – things can be taken away from you, you can fall down – but the key is to get back up. Cynthia Marshall, sports executive

  21. I really live by three L’s in leadership, my job is to listen to the people, to learn from the people, and then to love the people. Cynthia Marshall, sports executive

  22. You have to understand you have to love yourself. And as a leader you always have to express that to people. Jewell Loyd, basketball player

  23. You’ve just got to stay positive, especially as captains. We have to lead for our team; we have to set a good example. Napheesa Collier, basketball player


Julie Foudy Leadership Quotes

  1. Leadership is calm in the chaos. It is standards. It is believing when others don’t. It is celebrating others. It is empowering others. Julie Foudy, American soccer player

  2. It is not a question of if you will be a leader, but how. The key is being authentically you — a leader others will want to follow because you are genuine. It is your style. Julie Foudy, American soccer player

  3. Sports build good habits, confidence, and discipline. They make players into community leaders and teach them how to strive for a goal, handle mistakes, and cherish growth opportunities. Julie Foudy, American soccer player

  4. Leadership is loud. It is quiet. It is thoughtful and emotional and cerebral and nerdy and goofy and joyful and motivating. Julie Foudy, American soccer player


Abby Wambach Leadership Quotes

  1. Sometimes if we don’t see it, we don’t feel like maybe we can even be it. So, being your authentic self is not just liberating yourself. It’s liberating everybody who’s watching you do that. Abby Wambach, American soccer player

  2. You are either a leader everywhere or nowhere. Abby Wambach, American soccer player

  3. If you’re not a leader on the bench, don’t call yourself a leader on the field. You’re either a leader everywhere or nowhere. Abby Wambach, American soccer player

  4. Leadership is taking care of yourself and empowering others to do the same. Leadership is not a position to earn, it’s an inherent power to claim. Abby Wambach, American soccer player

  5. Leadership is the blood that runs through your veins—it’s born in you. It’s not the privilege of a few, it is the right and responsibility of all. Abby Wambach, American soccer player

  6. Leader is not a title that the world gives to you—it’s an offering that you give to the world. Abby Wambach, American soccer player


Condoleezza Rice Leadership Quotes

  1. We need to move beyond the idea that girls can be leaders and create the expectation that they should be leaders. Condoleezza Rice, NFL team owner

  2. The first step for a leader is to be right with yourself. Integrity is the basis of leadership. Condoleezza Rice, NFL team owner

  3. Truly remarkable leadership is not just about motivating others to follow, it’s about inspiring them to become leaders themselves. Condoleezza Rice, NFL team owner



A fun quiz is a great way to summarize the lessons we can take from these inspiring quotes. This fun quiz is intended to help you remember the key ideas and takeaways from the quotes in our blog post.

How to play?

In this quiz, you must complete the quote you’ve just read from various athletes and coaches by selecting the correct option from the options provided. The aim of this quiz is to help you recall key takeaways from the quotes. You will receive one point for selecting the correct option. Are you ready? Let’s get started.



Also See:

Inspiring Quotes About Strong Woman Mind

Inspirational Teamwork Quotes from Female Athletes


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