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40 Inspirational Quotes From The Best World Leaders

40 Inspirational Quotes From The Best World Leaders

Leadership is more of an art or a skill rather than a science. Here are some quotes from leaders that will keep you going to becoming the person you should be.

1. “Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.” – Jack Welch

2. “Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understand the problems of running a country.” – Margaret Thatcher

3. “The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.” – Sir Winston Churchill

4. “He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.” – Aristotle

5. “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

6. “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” – Harry S. Truman

7. “Focus your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little life of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.” – Barack Obama

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8. “I began revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action.” – Fidel Castro

9. “The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still, small voice of conscience.” – Mahatma Gandhi

10. “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause and say, “here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well”.” – Martin Luther king, JR.

11. “The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.” – Albert Einstein

12. “A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

13. “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” – John Maxwell

14. “The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.” – Tony Blair

15. “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” – General George Patton

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16. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” – General Dwight Eisenhower

17. “It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” – Nelson Mandela

18. “To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

19. “Earn your leadership every day.” – Michael Jordan

20. “A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.” – John Maxwell

21. “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.” – Peter Drucker

22. “Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

23. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy

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24. “Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day.” – Jesse Jackson

25. “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” – Norman Schwarzkopf

26. “Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.” – General Douglas MacArthur

27. “No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.” – Abraham Lincoln

28. “You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.” – Warren Buffet

29. “You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” – Malcolm X

30. “The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when we bore people, they think it’s their fault.” – Henry Kissinger

31. “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” – George Washington

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32. “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed.” – Booker T. Washington

33. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
– Henry Ford

34. “Never interrupt your enemy when he’s making a mistake.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

35. “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” – Thomas Jefferson

36. “If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” – Maya Angelou

37. “If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.” – Benjamin Franklin

38. “The price of greatness is responsibility.” – Winston Churchill

39. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates

40. “Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.” – Brian Tracy

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Last Updated on September 17, 2018

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

Today we are expected to work in highly disruptive environments. We sit down at our desks, turn on our computer and immediately we are hit with hundreds of emails all vying for our attention.

Our phones are beeping and pinging with new alerts to messages, likes and comments and our colleagues are complaining about the latest company initiative is designed to get us to do more work and spend less time at home.

All these distractions result in us multitasking where our attention is switching between one crisis and the next.

Multitasking is a problem. But how to stop multitasking?

How bad really is multitasking?

It dilutes your focus and attention so even the easiest of tasks become much harder and take longer to complete.

Studies have shown that while you think you are multitasking, you are in fact task switching, which means your attention is switching between two or more pieces of work and that depletes the energy resources you have to do your work.

This is why, even though you may have done little to no physical activity, you arrive home at the end of the day feeling exhausted and not in the mood to do anything.

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We know it is not a good way to get quality work done, but the demands for out attention persist and rather than reduce, are likely to increase as the years go by.

So what to do about it?

Ways to stop multitasking and increase productivity

Now, forget about how to multitask!

Here are a few strategies on how to stop multitasking so you can get better quality and more work done in the time you have each working day:

1. Get enough rest

When you are tired, your brain has less strength to resist even the tiniest attention seeker. This is why when you find your mind wandering, it is a sign your brain is tired and time to take a break.

This does not just mean taking breaks throughout the day, it also means making sure you get enough sleep every day.

When you are well rested and take short regular breaks throughout the day your brain is fully refuelled and ready to focus in on the work that is important.

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2. Plan your day

When you don’t have a plan for the day, the day will create a plan for you. When you allow outside influences to take control of your day, it is very hard not to be dragged off in all directions.

When you have a plan for the day, when you arrive at work your brain knows exactly what it is you want to accomplish and will subconsciously have prepared itself for a sustained period of focused work.

Your resistance to distractions and other work will be high and you will focus much better on the work that needs doing.

3. Remove everything from your desk and screen except for the work you are doing

I learned this one a long time ago. In my previous work, I worked in a law office and I had case files to deal with. If I had more than one case file on my desk at any one time, I would find my eyes wandering over the other case files on my desk when I had something difficult to do.

I was looking for something easier. This meant often I was working on three or four cases at one time and that always led to mistakes and slower completion.

Now when I am working on something, I am in full-screen mode where all I can see is the work I am working on right now.

4. When at your desk, do work

We are creatures of habit. If we do our online shopping and news reading at our desks as well as our work, we will always have the temptation to be doing stuff that we should not be doing at that moment.

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Do your online shopping from another place—your home or from your phone when you are having a break—and only do your work when at your desk. This conditions your brain to focus in on your work and not other distractions.

5. Learn to say no

Whenever you hear the phrase “learn to say no,” it does not mean going about being rude to everyone. What it does mean is delay saying yes.

Most problems occur when we say “yes” immediately. We then have to spend an inordinate amount of energy thinking of ways to get ourselves out of the commitment we made.

By saying “let me think about it” or “can I let you know later” gives you time to evaluate the offer and allows you to get back to what you were doing quicker.

6. Turn off notifications on your computer

For most of us, we still use computers to do our work. When you have email alert pop-ups and other notifications turned on, they will distract you no matter how strong you feel.

Turn them off and schedule email reviewing for times between doing your focused work. Doing this will give you a lot of time back because you will be able to remain focused on the work in front of you.

7. Find a quiet place to do your most important work

Most workplaces have meeting rooms that are vacant. If you do have important work to get done, ask if you can use one of those rooms and do your work there.

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You can close the door, put on your headphones and just focus on what is important. This is a great way to remove all the other, non-important, tasks demanding your attention and just focus on one piece of work.

The bottom line

Focusing on one piece of work at a time can be hard but the benefits to the amount of work you get done are worth it. You will make fewer mistakes, you will get more done and will feel a lot less tired at the end of the day.

Make a list of the four or five things you want to get done the next day before you finish your work for the day and when you start the day, begin at the top of the list with the first item.

Don’t start anything else until you have finished the first one and then move on to the second one. This one trick will help you to become way more productive.

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