80 Powerful Songs About Leadership

They say not all heroes wear capes, and that definitely rings true when it comes to great leaders. If you want to know what it takes to be a great leader, look no further than this post.

This post is all about the songs that embody the characteristics of great leaders. If you want to be a great leader yourself, listen to these songs and be instantly inspired.

 

What is a good song for a leader?

There are so many good songs that highlight the important qualities required to be a good leader.

This blog post has leadership songs, lyrics, and music videos about the leadership role qualities like resilience, confidence, growth, hard work, team building, and more. 

 

What songs can boost your confidence as a leader?

If you are a leader looking for a confidence boost or for inspirational songs in general, this post has what you’re looking for!

In this post are so many great confidence boosting songs by some of the best artists in the world like Eminem, Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys, and Demi Lovato.

After you listen to the leadership songs about confidence and inner strength below, you will feel ready and empowered to take on your leadership duties to the best of your ability.

Pick your favorite song (or songs!) and add them to your Spotify playlist ASAP. 

 

This post is all about the 80 Best Songs About Leadership.

What is a good song for a leader?

 

Leadership Songs About Resilience 

The best leaders know that being resilient is key. Great leaders know that not everything will always go according to plan.

And when that happens, or when failure occurs, leaders know they need to pick themselves up (and their team) and try again because that’s the right thing to do.

Tough times make stronger leaders.

 

1. “Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“But I keep cruising
Can’t stop, won’t stop moving
It’s like I got this music
In my mind
Saying, ‘It’s gonna be alright.'”

 

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2. “Stronger” – Kelly Clarkson 

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone”

 

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3. “Rise Up” – Andra Day

 

Inspiring lyrics:

And I’ll rise up, I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up, I’ll rise unafraid

I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again

 

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4. “Roar” – Katy Perry

 

Inspiring lyrics:

I got the eye of the tiger
A fighter
Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar

 

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5. “Don’t Stop Believin” – Journey

 

Inspiring lyrics:

Don’t stop believin’
Hold on to that feelin'”

 

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6. “Climb” – Miley Cyrus

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

 

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7. “Survivor” – Destiny’s Child

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“I’m a survivor (What?)
I’m not gon’ give up (What?)
I’m not gon’ stop (What?)
I’m gon’ work harder (What?)”

 

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8. “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor

 

Inspiring lyrics:

Oh no, not I, I will survive
Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive

 

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9. “Keep Your Head Up” – Andy Grammer

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“I know it’s hard, know it’s hard
To remember sometimes
But you gotta keep your head up, oh oh
And you can let your hair down”

 

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10. “Stronger” – Britney Spears

 

Inspiring lyrics:

But now I’m stronger than yesterday
Now it’s nothing but my way

 

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11. “Keep Holding On” – Avril Lavigne

 

Inspiring lyrics:

Keep holding on
‘Cause you know we’ll make it through, we’ll make it through
Just stay strong
‘Cause you know I’m here for you, I’m here for you”

 

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12. “Here Comes The Sun” – The Beatles

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“Here comes the sun
And I say, “It’s alright””

 

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13. “Daisies” – Katy Perry

 

Inspiring lyrics:

They told me I was out there, tried to knock me down
Took those sticks and stones, showed ’em I could build a house

 

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14. “Just Fine” – Mary J. Blige

 

Inspiring lyrics:

Got my head on straight, I got my vibe right
I ain’t gonna let you kill it

 

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15. “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive” – Travis Tritt

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“And it’s a great day to be alive
I know the sun’s still shinin’ when I close my eyes”

 

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16. “If You’re Going Through Hell” – Rodney Atkins

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“If you’re goin’ through hell keep on going
Don’t slow down if you’re scared don’t show it
You might get out before the devil even knows you’re there”

 

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17. “I Won’t Back Down” – Tom Petty

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“(I won’t back down) Hey, baby
There ain’t no easy way out
(I won’t back down) Hey, I
Will stand my ground
And I won’t back down”

 

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18. “Get Up Stand Up” by Bob Marley and the Wailers

 

Inspiring lyrics:

Get up stand up, stand up for your right

 

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19. “Dream On” – Aerosmith

 

Inspiring lyrics:

Dream on, dream on, dream on
Dream until your dreams come true

 

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20. “Live Your Life” by T.I. Ft. Rhianna

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“You’re gonna be, a shinin’ star
In fancy clothes, and fancy cars
And then you’ll see, you’re gonna go far
Cause everyone knows, just who ya are”

 

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Songs About Inner Strength and Confidence

Are you looking for a powerful song about strength and confidence?

Being a leader isn’t all sunshine and rainbows – there will be ups and downs. But great leaders have confidence in their abilities. They are strong, take on challenges, and push themselves to be the best they can be.

 

21. “I’m Not Afraid” – Eminem

 

Inspiring lyrics:

I’m not afraid (I’m not afraid)
To take a stand (To take a stand)

 

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22. “Fight Song” – Rachel Platten

 

Inspiring lyrics:

This is my fight song (Hey)
Take back my life song (Hey)
Prove I’m alright song (Hey, ha)
My power’s turned on (Hey)

 

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23. “Eye Of The Tiger” – Survivor

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“It’s the eye of the tiger
It’s the thrill of the fight
Rising up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor

 

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24. “It’s My Life” – Bon Jovi

 

Inspiring lyrics:

It’s my life, it’s now or never
I ain’t gonna live forever
I just want to live while I’m alive

 

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25. “Champion” – Carrie Underwood

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“I am invincible, unbreakable
Unstoppable, unshakable
They knock me down, I get up again”

 

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26. “Brave” – Sara Bareilles

 

Inspiring lyrics:

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave

 

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27. “Stronger” – Christina Aguilera

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“I’m tired of walking on eggshells, so terrified to fail
And in order to please you, I’ve abandoned myself
And though it used to hurt me when you pushed me away
I’m stronger than ever, you made me this way”

 

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28. “Unstoppable” – Sia

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“I’m unstoppable
I’m a Porsche with no brakes
I’m invincible
Yeah, I win every single game
I’m so powerful”

 

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29. “Confident” – Demi Lovato 

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“What’s wrong with being confident?”

 

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30. “Girl On Fire” – Alicia Keys

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“You can try, but you’ll never forget her name
She’s on top of the world”

 

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31. “Born This Way” – Lady Gaga

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“I’m beautiful in my way
‘Cause God makes no mistakes
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born this way

 

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32. “Respect” – Aretha Franklin

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Find out what it means to me”

 

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33. “Feeling Myself” – Nicki Minaj

 

Inspiring lyrics:

I stopped the world
Male or female, it make no difference
I stop the world, world, stop—

 

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34. “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself” – Jess Glynne

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“Don’t be so hard on yourself, no
Learn to forgive, learn to let go
Everyone trips, everyone falls
So don’t be so hard on yourself, no”

 

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35. “Bad Day” – Daniel Powter

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“You had a bad day
You’re taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around”

 

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36. “Good as Hell” – Lizzo

 

Inspiring lyrics:

Hair toss, check my nails
Baby, how you feelin’? (Feelin’ good as hell)
(Feeling good as hell)

 

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37. “Stronger” – Kanye West

 

Inspiring lyrics:

Now that that don’t kill me
Can only make me stronger

 

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38. “Trophies” – Drake

 

Inspiring lyrics:

What’s the move? Can I tell the truth?
If I was doing this for you then I’d have nothing left to prove

 

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39. “Who Says” – Selena Gomez

 

Inspiring lyrics:

Who says?
Who says you’re not perfect?
Who says you’re not worth it?

 

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Songs About Growth

As a leader, your learning journey is never over. There is always something to learn, and always areas where you can improve.

These songs about growth will remind you that you don’t need to be a perfect leader (in fact, it’s impossible!). The important thing is that you commit to giving your best effort and aim to make positive changes.

 

40. “Man In The Mirror” – Michael Jackson

 

Inspiring lyrics:

I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make a change

 

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41. “The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“You leave home, you move on and you do the best you can.
I got lost in this old world and forgot who I am.”

 

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42. “Life is a Highway” – Rascal Flatts

 

Inspiring lyrics:

There’s no load I can’t hold
The roads are rough, this I know
I’ll be there when the light comes in
Just tell ’em we’re survivors”

 

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43. “Let It Go” – Idina Menzel

 

Inspiring lyrics:

Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door

I don’t care what they’re going to say
Let the storm rage on
The cold never bothered me anyway

 

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44. “Let It Go” – Zac Brown Band

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“You keep your heart above your head and your eyes wide open
So this world can’t find a way to leave you cold”

 

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45. “Humble and Kind” – Tim McGraw

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“Hold the door, say “please”, say “thank you”
Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie
I know you got mountains to climb
But always stay humble and kind”

 

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Songs About Female Leaders

There are so many amazing women leaders out there. These songs are great reminders that great leaders come in all forms, shapes, and sizes.

 

46. “Run The World (Girls)” – Beyonce

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“Who run the world? Girls! Girls!”

 

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47. “The Man” – Taylor Swift

 

Inspiring lyrics:

I’m so sick of running as fast as I can
Wondering if I’d get there quicker if I was a man

And I’m so sick of them coming at me again
‘Cause if I was a man, then I’d be the man

 

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48. “Look At Her Now” – Selena Gomez

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“Of course she was sad
But now she’s glad she dodged a bullet (Mm)
Took a few years to soak up the tears
But look at her now, watch her go”

 

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49. “God Is A Woman” – Ariana Grande

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“When all is said and done
You’ll believe God is a woman”

 

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50. “Man! I Feel Like A Woman” – Shania Twain

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“The best thing about being a woman
Is the prerogative to have a little fun”

 

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51. “Independent Women” – Destiny’s Child

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“The shoes on my feet, I bought ’em
The clothes I’m wearing, I bought ’em
The rock I’m rocking, I bought it
‘Cause I depend on me if I want it”

 

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52. “Can’t Hold Us Down” – Christina Aguilera & Lil Kim

 

Inspiring lyrics:

Lettin’ ’em know we’re gonna stand our ground
Lift your hands high and wave ’em proud
Take a deep breath and say it loud
Never can, never will, can’t hold us down

 

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53. “Diva” – Beyonce

 

Inspiring lyrics:

Diva is a female version of a hustla

 

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54. “This One’s For the Girls” – Martina McBride

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“This one’s for the girls
Who love without holding back
Who dream with everything they have
All around the world”

 

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55. “She Works Hard For The Money” – Donna Summer

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“She works hard for the money
So hard for it, honey
She works hard for the money
So you better treat her right”

 

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56. “That’s My Girl” – Fifth Harmony

 

Inspiring lyrics:

You’ve been down before
You’ve been hurt before
You got up before
You’ll be good to go, good to go

 

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57. “I Am Woman” – Emmy Meli 

 

Inspiring lyrics:

I am woman, I am fearless
I am sexy, I’m divine
I’m unbeatable, I’m creative

 

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Leadership Songs About Working Hard

Want a great song about working hard? We all know great leaders work hard. Here are songs about working hard that pass along a great leadership message.

 

58. “Work Hard, Play Hard” – Wiz Khalifa

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“Work hard, play hard”

 

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59. “Hustlin’” – Rick Ross

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“Every day I’m hustlin'”

 

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60. “Till I Collapse” – Eminem

 

Inspiring lyrics:

This is your moment, and every single minute you spend
Tryna hold on to it ’cause you may never get it again

 

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61. “Started From The Bottom” – Drake

 

Inspiring lyrics:

Started from the bottom, now we’re here

 

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62. “Work” – Rihanna

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“When I see potential I just gotta see it through”

 

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63. “Successful” – Drake

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“I just wanna be, I just wanna be successful”

 

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64. “Whatever It Takes” – Imagine Dragons

 

Inspiring lyrics:

Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do whatever it takes

 

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65. “Hard In Da Paint” – Waka Flocka Flame

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“I go hard in the paint”

 

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Fun Leadership and Team Building Songs

These songs bring a little humor to leadership. If you’re looking to get some laughs, or bring a group of team members together, these songs are great for having fun and for bringing your team closer together.

 

66. “9-5” – Dolly Parton

 

Inspiring lyrics:

Workin’ 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin’
Barely gettin’ by, it’s all takin’ and no givin’

 

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67. “We Will Rock You” – Queen

 

Inspiring lyrics:

We will, we will rock you, sing it

 

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68. “All I Do Is Win” – DJ Khaled

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“All I do is win, win, win, no matter what
Got money on my mind, I can never get enough”

 

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69. “The Final Countdown” – Europe

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“We’re leaving together, but still, it’s farewell
And maybe, we’ll come back to Earth, who can tell?”

 

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70. “Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

 

Inspiring lyrics:

Tonight is the night, we’ll fight ’til it’s over
So we put our hands up
Like the ceiling can’t hold us

 

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71. “Get’cha Head in the Game” – Zac Efron

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“Gotta run the give and go, take the ball to the hole
But don’t be afraid to shoot the outside J”

 

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72. “Hey, Look Ma I Made It” – Panic! At the Disco

 

Inspiring lyrics:

I’m gonna be the greatest
In a golden cathedral
I’ll be praying for the faithless

And if you lose, boo-hoo

 

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73. “Nobody’s Perfect” – Miley Cyrus

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“Everybody makes mistakes
Everybody has those days”

 

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74. “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere” – Jimmy Buffett, Alan Jackson

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“Pour me something tall and strong.
Make it a hurricane, before I go insane.
It’s only half past twelve. But I don’t care,
it’s five o’clock somewhere”

 

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75. “All Star” – Smashmouth

 

Inspiring lyrics:

Hey now, you’re an all star
Get your game on, go play

 

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76. “Remember the Name” – Fort Minor

 

Inspiring lyrics:

This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name

 

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77. “Lean on Me” – Bill Withers

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“Lean on me when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on”

 

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78. “With A Little Help From My Friends” – The Beatles

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“Oh I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm gonna try with a little help from my friends”

 

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79. “We Are Family” – Sister Sledge

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“We are family
I got all my sisters with me
We are family
Get up everybody and sing”

 

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80. “We’re All in This Together” – High School Musical

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“We’re all in this together
Once we know that we are, we’re all stars
And we see that
We’re all in this together
And it shows when we stand hand in hand
Make our dreams come true”

 

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Bonus Songs About Leadership

Here are two more songs to add to your leadership repertoire!

 

81. “Ordinary People” – John Legend

 

Inspiring lyrics:

“We’re just ordinary people
We don’t know which way to go
‘Cause we’re ordinary people
Maybe we should take it slow”

 

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82. “DNA” – Kendrick Lamar

 

Inspiring lyrics:

And I’m gon’ shine like I’m supposed to

 

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Final Thoughts

That wraps up the list of the 80 most powerful and most inspirational songs about leadership. Is there a particular song that stands out to you the most? Did you find the right song for you?

A lot of people want to be leaders, but do they all have what it takes? The good thing about leadership is that it is a skill that can be worked on.

If you want to make sure you don’t turn into a bad leader, check out this post about the list of the things to avoid.

 

This post is all about the 80 greatest songs of all time when it comes to songs about leadership.

 

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