Favorite Inspiring Quotes
Commentary by Peter Shepherd
“Good leaders grow ideas rather than cut them down. They think of ideas as raw material rather than finished products.” ~ Alan Zimmerman (see article below)
Real leaders encourage the people around them to do their best work. They don't tread on others, they nurture them.
“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” ~ Colin Powell
A real leader perceives the situation as it is, without blinkers, and in alignment with their inner knowing. Their solutions are therefore practical and authentic, not just intellectual - it's very clear what needs to be done.
“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.” ~ Theodore M. Hesburgh
If you can see where the path ahead leads, and you believe that is for the greater good, then there is no need for doubts.
“To lead people, walk beside them. As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate. When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves!' ” ~ Lao-tsu
Transformational leaders communicate a convincing vision of what they aspire to achieve, which stimulates their group to think independently and desire to achieve these aims for themselves.
“If your actions inspire others to do more, to learn more, to dream more or to become more, you are a leader.” ~ John Quincy Adams
Taking a team from ordinary to extraordinary means understanding and embracing the difference between management and leadership. According to Peter Drucker, "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." Leadership requires talent and creativity that inspires others, and which appeals to their inner knowing that they are going the right direction. No one should follow blindly; leadership should resonate with each person's inner truth...
Richard Branson's top 10 leadership quotes…"
“A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.” ~ Zig Ziglar
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” ~ Steve Jobs
“Tend to the people, and they will tend to the business.” ~ John Maxwell
“Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.” ~ Brian Tracy
“The smartest thing I ever did was to hire my weakness.” ~ Sara Blakely
“You manage things; you lead people.” ~ Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
“Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.” ~ Seth Godin
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” ~ Warren Bennis
“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” ~ Colin Powell
“Leadership is the ability to hide your panic from others.” ~ Lao Tuz
The Purpose Driven Leader
Leaders driven by purpose have a hunger to make a lasting impact with their lives, they want to make their life count. They are the type of people who care more about what is said at their eulogy than what is listed on their resume. They are the type of people who want to look back from their deathbed with no regrets. Check out these 100 Top Quotes on Leadership and Purpose...
Here’s some further reading on this theme...
Best Practices of Successful Managers and Leaders ~ by Dr. Alan Zimmerman
When I asked highly successful managers and leaders to share some of the most important things they had learned over the course of their careers, not one of them mentioned a particular leadership model or an academic theory. They mentioned extremely simple, practical things. It would be well worth your time to apply their learnings to your career. This is what they told me. Continues...