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12 great quotes on leadership

  • If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. — Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. — Peter. F Drucker
  • Great leadership is about human experiences. It’s not a formula or a program. It is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others. It is an attitude, not a routine — Lance Secretan
  • Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline. ― James C. Collins
  • A leader’s most powerful ally is his or her own example. ― John Wooden
  • Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems. — Brian Tracy
    People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. — John C. Maxwell
  • Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. — Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 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
  • The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things. ― Ronald Reagan
  • You teach what you know; you reproduce what you are. – Leif Hetland
  • The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and the self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it. — Theodore Roosevelt

On Values of Entrepreneurship

Surfing this morning, we came across an excellent article in our LinkedIn feed. The post25 Quotes From Experts on the Science of Entrepreneurship provides wonderful insight into the core values and beliefs that business people should hold.

Author Alexander Kesler shares sage advice that covers five major entrepreneurial topics: time management, communication, delegation, sales, and driving vision. Being most interested in advocacy skills, we have reposted below the thoughts on communication and vision.


  • “If you have nothing to say, say nothing.” – Mark Twain
  • “Open, honest communication is the best foundation for any relationship, but remember that at the end of the day it’s not what you say or what you do, but how you make people feel that matters the most.” – Tony Hsieh
  • “Precision of communication is important, more important than ever, in our era of hair trigger balances, when a false or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act.” – James Thurber
  • “Really pay attention to negative feedback and solicit it, particularly from friends. …Hardly anyone does that, and it’s incredibly helpful.” – Elon Musk
  • “Practicing proper communication skills is key to creating a business that functions as a coherent organism; not doing so leaves the business a scattered mess.” – Alexander Kesler


  • “If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.” – Mark Zuckerberg
  • “There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it’s to change the world.” – Phil Libin
  • “No one is less ready for tomorrow than the person who holds the most rigid beliefs about what tomorrow will contain.” – Watts Wacker
  • “You have to find a way to keep track of all your thoughts and tasks. For me Wunderlist is a key tool for this. I try to go through all my entries in my Wunderlist at least once a week in the morning hours in order to prioritize or delegate tasks. I track new tasks, ideas, and also comments from my team directly in my Wunderlist, should I be working on something different that moment. As such I can continue to focus on what I was doing before the interruption”. – Christian Plagemann
  • “Always take time to reflect on the day or what’s to come. Some call it meditating or praying. However you label it, it’s during these quiet times that you can really meld vision and purpose.” – Charles Cantu


To read the article in its entirety, click here: “25 Quotes From Experts on the Science of Entrepreneurship

To connect with By George on LinkedIn, click here: Chris George on LinkedIn

In praise of listening

Robert Nardelli – Founder, Chairman & CEO at XLR-8 – recently shared in a LinkedIn article the best advice he was ever given that helped advance his career. The advice came from his former boss and mentor, the legendary Jack Welsh.

And what were the words of wisdom that made all the difference in his life and career? Simple: Keep listening. Keep learning. And remember.

In greater detail, here is what Robert Nardelli learned. In his words:

1. Listen much more than you talk. This may seem counter-intuitive (how can you ask questions and seek out new answers if you don’t keep asking questions?), but it’s not. Ask what you’d like to know, and then be quiet. It’s easy to have a rapid-fire list of questions, but people tend to talk less when they know you aren’t really listening, but instead are lining up the next question. I love the quote, “The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand, we listen to reply.”

2. Don’t be too selective. Don’t seek out people who are just like you, even though that’s your natural inclination. The wider the range of people you engage, the more you’ll learn and grow.

3. If you want the real story, ask the people who actually do the work. I realize I’m characterized by most employees as a “corporate suit,” so I’m certainly not looking in any way to denigrate our leadership teams. That said, one of the best ways to learn a company’s challenges and get a feel for the culture is to talk with the employees who deal with customers every day. As wise business author Gary Heil told me, “The front line never lies.”

4. Remember what you learned. Seeking advice is of little value if you don’t make use of it – and you can’t do that unless you remember it. If you’re one of those people who is not gifted with a “steel trap” type of memory, find a way to quickly and easily create some record of the ideas and advice you garner. Thankfully, smart phones are great for this. Whether you record a message to yourself, write yourself a note or send yourself an e-mail, capture what you’ve learned.

To read Robert Nardelli’s full account, click here: Best advice: Listen, learn, lead.

12 Quotes on Leadership

A dozen quotes to inspire leaders:

  1. “Leadership is an action, not a position.” – Donald McGannon
  2. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams
  3. “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis
  4. “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” – Norman Schwarzkopf
  5. “The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and the self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  6. “You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” – Ken Kesey
  7. “No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.” – Andrew Carnegie
  8. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  9. “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humour, but without folly.” – Jim Rohn
  10. “Leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes.” – Margaret Wheatley
  11. “Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity.”- Reed Markham
  12. “The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there. People will follow.” – Seth Godin


Rudy Giuliani’s thoughts on leadership

From the man who has provided this world with a living and breathing definition of leadership, here are Rudy Giuliani’s six principles of crisis leadership.

1.  Have a Vision – having a plan and the ideas to make it a reality are the most important qualities a leader can have. You can’t lead other people unless you stand for something.
2.  Be an Optimist – When people follow, what they’re following are hopes, dreams, fulfillment of dreams. They’re following solutions to problems.
3.  Have Courage – Courage is managing fear. It’s not the absence of fear.
4.  Put in Hard Work – Hard work doesn’t necessarily mean putting in long hours it means relentless preparation. Whatever the undertaking, you need to put the time into thinking through its every facet and the consequences of taking different routes. Relentless preparing for what’s expected will help solve problems when faced with the unexpected.
5.  Understand the Value of Teamwork – Learning how to compensate for your own deficiencies through teamwork is the mark of a successful leader. If you can figure out what those things are that you don’t do well and you can get people to balance them with their strengths, your organization just got better.
6.  Be a Communicator – You have to be able to get your ideas from you to other people a leader has to be able to teach the plan to other people.

An Enlightened View of Leadership and Success

He would have been 101 today… Here is renown basketball coach John Wooden’s twelve lessons in leadership:

  • Good values attract good people
  • Love is the most powerful four-letter word
  • Call yourself a teacher
  • Emotion is your enemy
  • It takes 10 hands to make a basket
  • Little things make big things happen
  • Make each day your masterpiece
  • The carrot is mightier than the stick
  • Make greatness attainable by all
  • Seek significant change
  • Don’t look at the scoreboard
  • Adversity is your asset

Now, on this his birth date, take a few minutes to review John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success: http://i.imgur.com/QtjuY.jpg

In his own words, Wooden sums up the meaning of success: “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.”

Certainly, John Wooden has provided us all with timeless advice.  Here’s to remembering a great man…