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52 Inspiring Quotes for Aspiring Leaders

52 Inspiring Quotes for Aspiring Leaders
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Whether you’re looking to grow your library of quotes or looking to push that last hour of work in the office, these quotes will help. I have hand-picked them in order to give you the best possible impact. These have inspired the masses over the years, and I wish you the best in reaching your goal of being part of the next generation of aspiring leaders.

1. “Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.”

—George Patton, General

2. “A leader is a dealer in hope.”

—Napolean Bonaparte

3. “You don’t need a title to be a leader.”

—Mark Sanborn

4. “To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.”

—Andre Malraux

5. “The greatest artists like Dylan, Picasso and Newton risked failure. And if we want to be great, we’ve got to risk it too.”

—Steve Jobs

6. “A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward.”

—Ovid

7. “Leadership is influence.”

—John C. Maxwell

8. “To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.”

—Friedrich Nietzsche

9. “Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.”

—Bill Bradley

10. “Earn your leadership every day”

—Michael Jordan

11. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

—John F. Kennedy

12. “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”

—Eleanor Roosevelt

13. “He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.”

—Aristotle

14. “Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.”

—Stephen Covey

15. “No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.”

—Andrew Carnegie

16. “You do not lead by hitting people over the head—that’s assault, not leadership.”

—Dwight D. Eisenhower

17. “Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.”

—Margaret Thatcher

18. “I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.”

—Robert E. Lee

19. “Some leaders are born women.”

—Geraldine Ferraro

20. “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”

—Sheryl Sandberg

21. “Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong.”

—Abraham Lincoln

22. “We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.”

—Whoopi Goldberg

23.“The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.”

—Tony Blair

24. “Together we are better.”

—John Paul Warren

25. “The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been. ”

—Henry Kissinger 

26. “I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?”

—Benjamin Disraeli

27. “Every great leader can take you back to a defining moment when they decided to lead.”

—John Paul Warren

28. “When you accept a leadership role, you take on extra responsibility for your actions toward others.”

—Kelley Armstrong

29. “Sheep are always looking for a new shepherd when the terrain gets rocky.”

—Karen Marie Moning

30. “I would not be a Moses to lead you into the Promised Land, because if I could lead you into it, someone else could lead you out of it.”

—Eugene V. Debs 

31. “Too many kings can ruin an army.”

—Homer

32. “There are two kinds of leaders, cowboys and Shepherds. Cowboys drive and Shepherds lead.”

—John Paul Warren

33. “When eagles are silent, parrots begin to chatter.”

—Winston Churchill

34. “Stories are the single most powerful weapon in a leader’s arsenal.”

—Howard Gardner

35. “Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down.”

—Grace Murray Hopper  

36. “The power to lead is the power to mislead, and the power to mislead is the power to destroy.”

—Thomas Monson

37. “It’s not about you. It’s about them.”

—Clint Eastwood

38. “Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.”

—Seth Godin

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

—Norman Schwarzkopf

40. “Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity.”

—Reed Markham 

41. “If you want people to to think, give them intent, not instruction.”

—David Marquet

42. “How was your day? If your answer was ‘fine,’ then I don’t think you were leading.”

—Seth Godin

43. “Dominate in your domain; You can do it.”

—Jaachynma Agu

44. “Our greatest limitation isn’t the leader of the lives; it is the spirit within us.”

—John MacArthur

45. “Winners see the dream and develop plans while the rest see the obstacles and develop justifications.”

—Orrin Woodward 

46. “One mark of a good officer, he remembered, was the ability to make quick decisions. If they happen to be right, so much the better.”

—Larry Niven

47. “Some are born leaders, some achieve leadership, and some have leadership thrust upon them. Which of these are you, or would you rather not bother?”

—Maurice Flanagan

48. “Any man who has ever led an army, an expedition, or a group of Boy Scouts has sadism in his bones.”

—Tahir Shah

49. “Engage the enemy more closely.”

—Charles Faddis

50. “One of the fundamental aspects of leadership, I realized more and more, is the ability to instill confidence in others when you yourself are feeling insecure.”

—Howard Schultz 

51. “Finally, the president added, ‘The American people are idealists, but they also want their leaders to be realistic…’”

—Bob Woodward

52. “There’s no such thing as a superhero, but together we can world in a new direction.”

—Biz Stone

I hope these help and support your missions to success!

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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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