In North America in the late eighteenth century, democratic government finally succeeded. Why? The reason was not political unanimity, a powerful military, or even financial independence. It was leadership.
In fact, my love of quotes inspired me to publish my very first book, a small, 80-page quotation book that I called Motivational Quotes. I'm pleased to say it sold 800,000 copies.
That book covers quotations on a wide variety of topics, but as a lifetime entrepreneur, I've always been fascinated by the topic of leadership. What traits, or qualities, do most great leaders possess?
Thus, the inspiration for our new book, Leadership Quotes. My goal was to find the very best quotes on the most important traits of leadership...like vision, passion, serving, integrity and commitment to excellence...to name a few.
Therefore, if you're a leader, or aspire to be a leader, it is my hope that Leadership Quotes will inspire you....to inspire others.
Here's a little sampling to get you started:
"Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things."
"None of us is as smart as all of us."
"The supreme quality for a leader is unquestionably integrity."
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
"Good leaders must become what they want their followers to become."
-Nido R. Qubein
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader."
-John Quincy Adams
"A gifted leader is one who is capable of touching your heart."
-Jacob Samuel Potofsky
"If you work just for money, you'll never make it, but if you love what you're doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours."
"A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done."
"Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them."
-John C. Maxwell
"You will never become a fine leader until you become a fine servant."
Check out Leadership Quotes for more motivation! What quotes about leadership have inspired you?
Christopher Reeve said these words, and his quote captures the essence of what our motivational book Walk the Talk is all about.
It reminds us that having values is important, but living them is much more important...that words without deeds are nothing!
QUESTION: What does "courage" have to do with being a person of good character...with someone who stays true to their principles and their values?
You see, being values-driven means two things:
Doing what's right - following our conscience; refusing to compromise our principles, despite pressures and temptations to the contrary, and
Taking a stand against what's wrong - speaking out, whenever we see others do things that are incorrect or inappropriate.
Unquestionably, both of those require guts and fortitude...they require courage.
Following your conscience instead of "following the crowd".
Refusing to take part in hurtful or disrespectful behaviors.
Sacrificing personal gain for the benefit of others.
Speaking your mind even though others don't agree.
Taking complete responsibility for your actions...and your mistakes.
Following the rules - and insisting that others do the same.
Challenging the status quo in search of better ways.
Doing what you know is right- regardless of the risks and potential consequences.
I'd like to share the "Cadet Prayer" that is repeated during chapel services at the U.S. Military Academy:
"Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be content with a half truth when the whole truth can be won. Endow us with the courage that is born of loyalty to all that is noble and worthy, that scorns to compromise with vice and injustice and knows no fear when truth and right are in jeopardy."
That is truly the essence of courage.
Have you read our motivational gift book Walk the Talk? How do you walk your talk?
Here's a blog post with an excerpt from John Murphy's latest book, Leading with Passion. John is an author, speaker, and management consultant. He has trained thousands of "change agents", helping them to create positive change.
Please enjoy this short excerpt!
People have debated for many years about the single most important characteristic or "ingredient" for leadership. These discussions tend to go on and on with interesting inputs but no resolution. The same endless debate might take place if we were to ask what the single, most important factor for chocolate cake is. Clearly, there is an argument for chocolate. There is also a good argument for eggs, flour, sugar, water and an assortment of other factors, including oven temperature and time in the oven. In fact, if any essential ingredient is missing or out of balance, the cake is vulnerable. It isn't everything it could be.
Effective, passionate leadership requires many things. In this book, we cover ten essentials. Combine these key factors and we have a means to inspire millions of people all over the world. These essentials transcend culture, race, gender, age, ethnicity and industry. They are a combination of ingredients that give leaders worldwide a means to bringing out the very best in people. Use them to tap the extraordinary power and passion available to you:
Start with purpose to make sure you are doing what needs to be done.
Add a compelling vision to give people something clear and meaningful to focus on.
Mix purpose and vision with heart to bind with determination, courage and conviction.
Add a healthy amount of attention to be present and aware of the now.
Blend with integrity to build trust and demonstrate authenticity.
Bake with discipline to perform at optimal levels and be accountable for results.
Cover with generosity so that everyone gets a share.
Serve with credibility so that it tastes as sweet as it is.
Give thanks with grace for the abundance we have.
Enjoy with spirit and feed the soul.
What are the ingredients for successful leadership? How can you become a passionate, effective leader? What does it really take to inspire others?
Today, we're happy to share our guest blogger, Michael McMillan. Michael has authored and co-authored four books published by Simple Truths, including Paper Airplane and The Power of Teamwork. Michael recently visited Washington D.C. and was reminded about the gravity of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech 48 years ago. Please enjoy Michael's post:
“We must use time creatively,” MLK, Jr.
Last week I was in DC delivering a keynote to a group of educators—superintendents, principals and vice principals. The event theme, Turning Problems Into Solutions, is the subtitle of my book, Pink Bat. My challenge was to inspire the audience to embrace creative thinking, look at “problems” in a new light, and to provide tools they could use to motivate the many teachers they influence. The client had great expectations… and I had only 45 minutes to make it happen. I’m happy to report the audience was wonderful, and based on the feedback, the event was a success. It seems I made my 45 minutes count.
Since Anne was able to join me, we decided to stay an extra day and explore our nation’s capital. We walked a good ten miles, taking in the many sites DC has to offer. At some point we found ourselves climbing the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. And then, unintentionally, we both stopped short of reaching the massive marble statue and bowed our heads… eighteen steps short to be exact. With heads bowed, we read the inscription engraved in the step, “I HAVE A DREAM. Martin Luther King, Jr., The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963.” My mind raced and I became overwhelmed with emotions. Without thinking about it, we found ourselves standing on the very step from which Dr. King delivered his historic speech.
After a moment… I honestly don’t know how long we stood there… we eventually made our way up the remaining steps and listened to the National Park Ranger’s presentation. While his presentation was informative and the monument was inspiring, I couldn’t stop thinking about Dr. King. I returned to the step and stood directly on it. Looking out over the National Mall, I closed my eyes and traveled back to 1963. I was five years old when Dr. King shared his dream, but I remember it vividly… watching it on a black and white TV screen, hearing it repeated on the radio, listening to adults and kids discuss it as I tried to reconcile his words, their words, and my thoughts about the turbulent times. Dr. King was then… and remains… one of my heroes.
I opened my eyes briefly to take in the entire scene before closing them again and trying to remember the words spoken here some 48 years ago. He conveyed so much in such a profoundly eloquent and compelling way. But it was the end of his speech—the part where Dr. King departed from his prepared notes and improvised—when his vision became known to the world. Apparently, Mahalia Jackson, an African-American gospel singer, prompted him by shouting, “Tell them about the dream, Martin!” And tell us he did.
When we returned to our hotel that evening, I looked up the transcript of the “I Have a Dream” speech and read the words several times. Then something profound struck me. In this iconic speech, this brilliant man masterfully referenced numerous biblical allusions, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Declaration of Independence, Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” an old Negro spiritual, and so much more… all in seventeen minutes! What more can be said?