Archive for the ‘Leadership Quote’ Category

It Is Your Choice

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
~ J.K. Rowling

Everyone has the potential and talent to become a leader, but a lot of times it is our choices that hold us back from becoming the leader we could be.

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Empowerment – Soaring Above Others

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“Let me pass, I have to follow them, I am their leader.” – Alexandre Ledru-Rollin

I love this quote! Leaders all over, wish they had this problem. Great leaders develop and empower the people around so that the leader can watch the accomplishments of those around them and be there when they need help. The leader is not there to dictate every little move others make, but there to help them see the big picture and priorities.

Ken Blanchard talks about empowerment in terms of ducks and eagles. Great leadership produces eagles because they can soar above everyone else. Bad leadership produces ducks because they only “quack” what they are told.

Are those around you quacking or soaring?

Anyone can make a difference

“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you’ve never been in bed with a mosquito.”
– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

This quote really made me think about how as a recent college graduate that I still can make an impact. I am lucky that I am working for a company that encourages us to make a difference. As a future leader my goal is to show young people that even though they might not have a lot of experience, they still can make a difference. I believe that this is a big part of being a leader because a lot of people do not see their potential. Like, the mosquito, we can a nice bite too if we know what we can do.

I came across this quote the Leadership Notebook Blog.

Beyond Skill

“Leadership courses can only teach skill. They can’t teach character or vision-and indeed they don’t even try. Developing character and vision is the way leaders invent themselves.” – Warren Bennis “On Becoming A Leader”

With character and vision comes direction and trust. Anyone can direct people, but it is character and vision that bring people back again and again to be lead because they trust the leader knows where they are heading.