Archive for the ‘Quotes’ Category

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?

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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.

Leadership Quote – Character v. Reputation

“Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
–John Wooden

Lately, I have been reading and listening a lot about developing your personal brand. John Wooden has an amazing point here in this quote that really made me reflect on what to focus on when creating a personal brand. If we focus on our character first, our reputation will change. It might take time and effort, but I believe it can change. We focus so much on what is on our outside that we sometimes forget our inside can reflect on our outside as loudly as, or even louder than what our outsides project.

This is one of my goals for this year to focus on my character and to put on the right path. There are many times when I have a hard time staying on the path because I think it is easier to veer off of it.

Mitch Joel talks about personal branding on The Engaging Brand Podcast and points out that there are 3 conversations we need to have.

1) One to Ourself
2) One to One Conversation
3) One to Many

If you can get the first correct then I believe the others will quickly follow.

Leadership Quote

“Successful leadership is not about being tough or soft, sensitive or assertive, but about a set of attributes. First and foremost is character”

Warren Bennis