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34 Quotes To Show Us How Leadership Should Be Really Like

34 Quotes To Show Us How Leadership Should Be Really Like
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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:

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

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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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

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

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“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

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

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“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

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“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

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

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“Leadership is influence.” —John C. Maxwell

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

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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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

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

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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