Even the best leaders need some inspiration every once in a while. Take a minute out of your busy day to enjoy these words of wisdom.
As an author, the question, “May I quote you?” is a humbling request and a great compliment. For anyone who is in search of leadership excellence a good quote is fuel for your team and your journey. It’s amazing how a short, simple quotation can quickly provide perspective, inspiration, comfort, motivation or insight. What a wonderful return for our invested time--take 10 seconds each morning to read a new quote and our day, maybe even our world, is changed.
I wanted to share a few of my favorite leadership quotes:
• “To add value to others, one must first value others.” - John Maxwell • “A company is stronger if it is bound by love rather than by fear.” - Herb Kelleher • “In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.” - Yogi Berra • "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." - Thomas Jefferson • “Those who let things happen usually lose to those who make things happen.” - Dave Weinbaum • “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston Churchill • “In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” - Theodore Roosevelt
And a few of my own leadership quotes to add...
• Leadership is about others, not ourselves. • Leaders who give the best of themselves get the best from others. • If you do not take care of the little things over the long term, you won’t take care of the big things. • Leaders who underestimate the intelligence of their employees generally overestimate their own. • Great leaders appreciate their employees, not just their contributions. • Don’t worry about leaving your leadership legacy. Just live it.
Please post your favorite quotes, maybe even your own originals. I might use it in a future column, but not before asking, "May I quote you?” Here’s to daily inspiration!