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Leadership lessons and quotations from the best leaders

Leadership lessons and quotations from the best leaders

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  • 1. Leadership Lessons From the Masters
  • 2. Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. —Peter Drucker Results and the end state are the only thing that counts.
  • 3. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. —Eleanor Roosevelt Not fearing failure is one of the most important things to learn.
  • 4. A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week. –George Patton Now vs later … speed and decisiveness count a lot.
  • 5. One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. —Arnold Glasow Your results rely on ability to avoid time spend on problems.
  • 6. What you do has far greater impact than what you say. —Stephen Covey Be a leader of decisive action with speed.
  • 7. Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better. —Bill Bradley Being able to find the right key is a mark of a great coach, Bill Bradley would certainly appreciate that skill.
  • 8. Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. —John F. Kennedy No one is ever done with their learning, are they?
  • 9. In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. —Thomas Jefferson As a leader you need to know when you should bend and when you need to stand your ground.
  • 10. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. —John Quincy Adams Getting the best out of everyone is a leader’s most important function, isn’t it?
  • 11. Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand. —General Colin Powell Simplicity in analysis, communication, and action can never be over stated.
  • 12. As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. —Bill Gates Leaders must empower their people, otherwise there is little to gain. And little trust.
  • 13. Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. —General George Patton Give your people lots of room to roam and act on your behalf. Let them learn from experience. Realize there are lots of ways to achieve the desired results.
  • 14. Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems. —Brian Tracy Leaders have the required optimism to focus discussion on solutions and courses of action to implement them.
  • 15. Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. —General Dwight Eisenhower Ability to be a great motivator is at the top of the leadership list of skills required.
  • 16. A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be. —Rosalynn Carter A great leader is one who is an effective coach and educator.
  • 17. The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. —Kenneth Blanchard Can’t be said any simpler or more direct, can it?
  • 18. The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. —Theodore Roosevelt Surround yourself with the best of the best and delegate authority to act in your behalf. That also means ability to accept mistakes and failures.
  • 19. I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. —Ralph Nader A good leader knows that he often must be a good follower. And this world never has enough leaders, even if they are not required to lead often.
  • 20. Leaders should be reliable without being predictable. They should be consistent without being anticipated. – Mike Krzyzewski If you are not reliable and consistent, no one will be following for long, will they?
  • 21. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. —Margaret Mead Understand that everyone has a role in making the world around themselves a better place. However small that role may be.
  • 22. A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. —John Maxwell It starts with knowledge and understanding and continues with ability to do what you say with examples.
  • 23. Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. —Jack Welch Followers’ growth and development are high on the list of a good leader’s priorities.
  • 24. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. —Warren Bennis A leader certainly needs a good vision. But a vision is not worth much if it is not executed.
  • 25. The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. —Max DePree The leader’s job is to serve, simple as that. Period.
  • 26. A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. —Lao Tzu Ego is one of the worst traits of a personality, while being humble is the best.
  • 27. A simple reminder … business leadership competencies to shape the future, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it… it takes lots of consistent practice. You need to dive into the pool as soon as possible.
  • 28. Thank You ! Contact us: • • • Twitter: @mikeschoultz