As we start the second quarter of 2017 I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes, quotes that inspire me, and also that remind me that as leaders our job is to inspire others.

Sometimes we can be so caught up in the struggle, that we forget to lead. But leadership is not just about leading from the front, being the hero, it's about creating a team of heroes, and to do that we need to use inspiration as well as by example.

  1. Leadership is absolutely about inspiring action, but it is also about guarding against mis-action. - Simon Sinek
  2. Management's job is to convey leadership's message in a compelling and inspiring way. Not just in meetings, but also by example. - Jeffrey Gitomer
  3. Anyone can show exceptional leadership ability in easy times. When all's going to plan, anyone can be inspirational/excellent/innovative and strong. The real question is how do you show up when everything's falling apart? - Robin S. Sharma
  4. The teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron. - Horace Mann
  5. Inspiring conduct has so much more of an impact than coercing it. - Thomas Friedman
  6. There is nothing wrong with making money, but that's not particularly inspiring. - John Mackey
  7. Inspiring passion in family and friends has more enduring value than just staying alive for them. - Alex Lowe
  8. It's what you learn after you know it all that counts. - John Wooden
  9. I think leadership is service and there is power in that giving: to help people, to inspire and motivate them to reach their fullest potential. - Denise Morrison
  10. Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. - Lao Tzu
  11. Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It's about impact, influence, and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire teammates and customers. - Robin S. Sharma
  12. Inspirational leaders need to have a winning mentality in order to inspire respect. It is hard to trust in the leadership of someone who is half-hearted about their purpose, or only sporadic in focus or enthusiasm. - Sebastian Coe
  13. Don't think, just do. - Horace
  14. Be Impeccable With Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. - Don Miguel Ruiz
  15. What nourishes us at home and in school is what inspires us. When we get awareness and learn about the great potential that we all human beings have, we are able to discover our leadership. - Vicente Fox
  16. Leadership is an individual sport, one that has to be fine-tuned to each of the people that reports to you. Leaders also need to provide the direction, energy, encouragement and inspiration for each person who reports directly to the leader as well as for the overall organization. - David Petraeus
  17. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. - Confucius
  18. Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination. - Carl von Clausewitz
  19. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. - Arthur Ashe
  20. We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. - Maya Angelou
  21. We aim above the mark to hit the mark. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  22. A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did. - John Burroughs
  23. One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals. - Michael Korda
  24. You just can't beat the person who never gives up. - Babe Ruth
  25. The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare. - Bobby Knight
  26. The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best. - Epictetus
  27. There is always room at the top. - Daniel Webster
  28. Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. - William Butler Yeats
  29. Things do not happen. Things are made to happen. - John F. Kennedy
  30. I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together. - Queen Elizabeth II.