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34 Quotes To Show Us How Leadership Should Be Really Like

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34 Quotes To Show Us How Leadership Should Be Really Like

Leadership is not about popularity and position; it’s about influence and empowerment. Every organization needs a leader that drives its members to achieve great value. Here are 34 powerful quotes to keep you inspired as a leader:

1.

“Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.” —Chinese Proverb

2.

“Leadership is an action, not a position.” —Donald McGannon

3.

“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 humor, but without folly.” —Jim Rohn

4.

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” —John C. Maxwell

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“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” —Mother Teresa

6.

“The price of greatness is responsibility.” —Winston Churchill

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“Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity.” —Reed Markham

8.

“Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” —John F. Kennedy

9.

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

10.

“When you are just existing, life happens to you… and you manage; when you are truly living, you happen to life… and you lead.” —Steve Maraboli

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“Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower

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“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” —Jimmy Dean

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

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“If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” —G. Patton

15.

“Lead by inspiration, not intimidation.” —Rebecca Aguilar

16.

“If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.” —William James

17.

“The smartest thing I ever did was to hire my weakness.” —Sara Blakely

18.

“A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.” —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

19.

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” —Abraham Lincoln

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“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” —Douglas MacArthur

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“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” —John C. Maxwell

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“Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths.” —John Zenger

23.

“There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage.” —Fuchan Yuan

24.

“Leadership is influence.” —John C. Maxwell

25.

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” —Jack Welch

26.

“Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.” —Tom Peters

27.

“Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead.” —Ross Perot

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“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” —Warren Bennis

29.

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

30.

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” —Herbert Swope

31.

“The art of leadership… consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention.” —Adolf Hitler

32.

“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” —Sam Walton

33.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” —John Quincy Adams

34.

“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” —Max Lucado

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Last Updated on October 21, 2021

How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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