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55 Inspiring Quotes from U.S. Presidents That Will Change Your Life

55 Inspiring Quotes from U.S. Presidents That Will Change Your Life

A leader is someone who inspires others, who leads by example and motivates people to be better and move forward no matter how hard the challenges might be.  No matter if they’re leading a country, a business, a household or a team. These are some inspiring quotes from U.S. presidents which will motivate the leader within yourself.

“Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who make excuses.” ― George Washington (1732–1799)

“The harder the conflict, thegreater the triumph.” ― George Washington

“Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.” ― Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)

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    “On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.” ― Thomas Jefferson

    “The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” ― James Madison (1751–1836)

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      “If tyranny and oppression come to this land it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” ― James Madison

      “A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue” ― James Monroe (1758–1831)

      “Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.” ― John Quincy Adams (1767–1848)

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      “Try and fail, but don’t fail to try.” ― John Quincy Adams

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        “One man with courage makes a majority.” ― Andrew Jackson (1767–1845)

        “It’s easier to do a job right, than to explain why you didn’t.” ― Martin Van Buren (1782–1862)

        “There is nothing more corrupting, nothing more destructive of the noblest and finest feelings of our nature, than the exercise of unlimited power.” ― William Henry Harrison (1773–1841)

        “It is not strange… to mistake change for progress” ― Millard Fillmore (1800–1874)

        “You don’t know what you can miss before you try.” ― Franklin Pierce (1804–1869)

        “I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards” ― Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)

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          – “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years” ― Abraham Lincoln

          “”Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.” ― Abraham Lincoln

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

          “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” ― Abraham Lincoln

          “There are men and women who make the world better just by being the kind of people they are. They have the gift of kindness or courage or loyalty or integrity. It really matters very little whether they are behind the weel of a truck or running a business or bringing up a family. They teach the truth by living it.” ― James Garfield (1831–1881)

          “If wrinkles must be written on our brow, let them not be written on our heart. The spirit should never grow old.”  ― James Garfield 

          “Great lives never go out; they go on.” ― Benjamin Harrison (1833–1901)

          “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” ― Theodore Roosevelt  (1858–1919)

          “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

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            “Be patient and calm; no one can catch a fish with anger.” ― Herbert Hoover  (1874–1964)

            “Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.” ― Herbert Hoover

            “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt, (1882–1945)

            “Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

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            “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight- it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

            “Never question another man’s motive. His wisdom, yes, but not his motives.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

            “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” ― Harry S. Truman (1884–1972)

            “Never waste a minute thinking about people you don’t like.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890–1969)

            “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger–but recognize the opportunity.” ― John F. Kennedy (1917–1963)

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              “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” ― John F. Kennedy

              “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” ― John F. Kennedy

              “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” ― John F. Kennedy

              “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” ― John F. Kennedy

              “We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.” ― Jimmy Carter (born 1924)

              “Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest to God.” ― Ronald Reagan  (1911–2004)

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              “I have opinions of my own – strong opinions – but I don’t always agree with them.” ― George H.W. Bush (born 1924)

              “A volunteer is a person who can see what others cannot see; who can feel what most do not feel. Often, such gifted persons do not think of themselves as volunteers, but as citizens – citizens in the fullest sense: partners in civilization.” ― George H.W. Bush

              “We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more.” ― Bill Clinton  (born 1946)

              “When our memories outweigh our dreams, it is then that we become old.” ― Bill Clinton

              “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” George W. Bush  (born 1946)

              “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress” ― Barack Obama  (born 1961)

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                “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ― Barack Obama

                “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” ― Barack Obama

                “Yes We Can!” ― Barack Obama

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                14 Powerful Leadership Traits That All Great Leaders Have

                14 Powerful Leadership Traits That All Great Leaders Have

                Being a leader of a company or organization is certainly a difficult and often frustrating position – but it can also be tremendously rewarding.

                Whether you’re just starting out as a leader, or have been leading for a while, you’ll be sure to benefit from knowing the essential traits that all great leaders possess.

                Effective and successful leaders transcend the title of ‘manager’ or ‘boss’. They’ve found a way to achieve the perfect combination of charisma, enthusiasm and self-assurance (with a healthy dose of luck and timing probably added to the mix).

                It may seem like some people are gifted with leadership skills, but the truth is most leadership traits can be learned, adopted, and strengthened with time and practice.

                As we delve into the list of effective leadership traits, you will learn the behaviors and attitudes of a good leader.

                The 14 most important leadership traits

                Please read through the list of leadership qualities carefully. Take note of which of the traits you excel at – and which ones you need to work at.

                Traits for better self-development

                1. Vision and mission

                Having a clear picture of what needs to be achieved is a crucial quality of good leadership.

                This vision is often communicated in a mission statement, such as this one from Starbucks:

                  How to develop vision? Spend time pinpointing what you need to achieve, and then plan the steps to get there. Here’s a complete guide on creating your own vision.

                  2. Self-motivated

                  It’s no coincidence that successful leaders have an abundance of self-motivation.

                  Without a decent level of self-motivation, you’ll struggle to become a strong and respected leader. However, if you don’t have a lot of self-motivation right now, don’t despair.

                  One of the secrets is to have definite goals to keep you motivated at all times. Some people also choose to reward themselves every time they achieve a goal, and this is certainly a good way to keep yourself enthused and motivated. Learn how to set an ambitious yet achievable goal here.

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                  3. Optimism and positivity

                  Positive energy is contagious. Great leaders are overflowing with this type of energy.

                  Not only does a positive mindset make leaders easy to work with, but it also gives them a constant source of inspiration and ideas.

                  Tap into this energy by aligning yourself with positive people and positive goals. Find out more about the habits of positive people here.

                  4. Emotional stability

                  In leadership positions, frustration and stress are daily occurrences. This is why leaders need to have strong and stable emotions. They can’t allow themselves to be easily knocked off track.

                  If you’re prone to losing your emotional stability when stressed or frustrated, try some of these techniques: breath deeply and slowly for 30 seconds, go for a walk, drink some water (instead of tea or coffee), turn your focus onto something you can resolve. Here’re some effective ways to control your emotions.

                  5. Self-confidence

                  Watch a presentation by any CEO and you’ll see that even if they’re not natural presenters – they make up for this by having powerful self-confidence.

                  It’s not just CEOs who have self-confidence, any successful leader will have this trait in abundance. One reason for this, is that only a confident person can persuade others and gain their respect.

                  Worried that you have low self-confidence? Try faking it. Psychologists often recommend that if you ‘act’ at being confident, you’ll start to look, sound and feel like you ARE confident. And in time… you will be.

                  If you look for more ways to boost your self-confidence, this confidence coach has got you some nice advice:

                  How to Be Confident: 62 Proven Ways to Build Self-Confidence

                  6. Decisiveness

                  Leaders are frequently called upon to make decisions (some leaders may have to make dozens of decisions every day). In fact, you could say that making decisions is one of the key things a leader must do.

                  Spend some time observing highly-successful leaders and you’ll see that they are quick to make decisions. They also enjoy making decisions, rather than stressing out like many non-leaders do when they’re asked to decide on something.

                  Put yourself in the leadership bracket by developing your decision-making skills. Start with small decisions – and then work your way up to bigger and more difficult decisions. Once other people notice your decision-making prowess, they’ll automatically see you as leadership material.

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                  I know it’s really quite difficult to make the right decisions sometimes, but don’t worry, here’s a guide for you:

                  How To Make Good Decisions All The Time

                  7. Passion and enthusiasm

                  Expressive. Active. Energetic. These are words best describe a passionate leader.

                  Great leaders are lively, driven and are possessed with zeal and purpose. It’s this passion that helps them achieve big results. If you want to emulate their success, then you need to develop passion and enthusiasm for the work at hand, and the end goals.

                  Take a look at this Passion Pyramid to find out how importance a leader’s passion is to the team:

                    One way to do this is to find what motivates you, and keep your focus firmly on that. For example, i f you’re motivated by helping others, then make sure your role and company are both suited to realizing this. If you’re motivated by money, then put your focus on achieving bonuses and pay rises.

                    Take a look at Leo Babauta’s guide on how to find your passion.

                    8. Accountability and responsibility

                    Exceptional leaders know that at all times they’ll need to take responsibility for tasks and their results. This includes things likes individual and team performance, as well as being accountable for when things go wrong.

                    When negative things occur (and you can guarantee they will from time-to-time), a great leader will immediately step in and take responsibility. Initially, they’ll try to resolve the problem in as quick and smooth a way as possible. But if this is not feasible, they’ll be sure to say that the buck stops with them – and they take full responsibility for what has happened.

                    To develop your leadership skills, you must never shy away from responsibility or accountability. If you prefer to sweep mistakes under the carpet, then you’re demonstrating non-leadership traits. Try owning up to issues and finding solutions to them. By doing this, you’ll immediately gain people’s respect.

                    Find out some tips on how to be a more responsible person here.

                    9. Focus

                    Distractions are everywhere. And it takes major focus to stay committed to tasks and goals. The best leaders understand this, and therefore, they’re always looking at ways to boost their team’s focus.

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                    One way leaders do this, is to keep their team intensely focused on the bigger picture. This might entail allocating specific time for tasks and eliminating any non-essential work.

                    If you’re easily knocked off track, you’ll need to spend some time boosting your focus. Try planning your day, week, month and year to help ensure that you don’t fall behind with achieving your goals. Check out the 7 strategies of staying super focus recommended by a productivity coach.

                    10. Ever-learning

                    Leaders know that to be successful they need to continually update their skills and knowledge. They deliberately learn all they can about their profession and industry, so they’ll able to make confident and assured decisions.

                    Why is ever learning so important? I’ll leave it to you to find out the reason here:

                    If I Am Living a Good Life, Why Should I Bother Learning New Stuff?

                    Imagine a CEO of a solar power company. His company may have amazing solar panels, but when it comes to discussing business with potential buyers, if the CEO or his sales team show a lack of understanding about the solar industry and future trends, etc., they’ll be unlikely to win any business.

                    It’s exactly the same for you. If you’re a team leader at an electronics store, you should make sure you fully understand all the products that you offer. But go beyond just that, and read about upcoming products and trends that might change what customers are interesting in buying in the future.

                    Traits for effective communication

                    11. Empathy

                    The best leaders understand the feeling of their team members, customers and associates. They know when to praise, and when to discuss problems (usually in private).

                    Without empathy, leaders will be seen as cold, harsh and lacking understanding. They’re also likely to be regarded as untrustworthy.

                    One way to ‘put yourself in someone else’s shoes’ is to have regular informal discussions with your colleagues. When you do this, you’ll quickly learn their fears and desires. And when you understand why they have these – you’ll be in a position to express empathy. You can also learn to be more sensitive to others’ needs by taking up these communication skills.

                    12. Persuasive and influential

                    Communications are at the heart of all transactions. Whether it’s pitching for a sale or resolving a customer complaint, how you communicate will determine the outcome.

                    Charismatic leaders such as Richard Branson (Virgin) and Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) are confident and persuasive communicators. They know how to win over audiences and leave a lasting impressing in people’s minds.

                    There’re some common barriers that you’ll have to overcome in order to communicate effectively:

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                    How to learn effective communication? You could join the world-renowned U.S. nonprofit Toastmasters International. They’ve been training people in the art of public speaking since 1924, and members have included Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, and Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy.

                    If you don’t have time to join a club, then practice your communications skills at home. You can do this in front of a mirror, or even better, video yourself presenting, and then ask some friends and family members for feedback. You’ll be amazed at what they pick up on.

                    Traits for ensuring an engaging team

                    13. Team building

                    If you put a bunch of random people together, you may have a loose definition of a team. In reality, a real team has purpose, drive – and a leader lighting the way.

                    If you’ve worked in different teams and with different managers, you’ll no doubt have come to this conclusion:

                    Managers who treat their team members like children are unpopular with the team. Conversely, managers who treat their team members like adults, are respected and well-liked by the team.

                    The days of disciplinarian managers are passed. Nowadays, successful team leaders know how to inspire and motivate their team, while keeping a harmonious atmosphere between all team members.

                    14. Fostering creativity

                    Solutions to problems are rarely black and white. Often it takes a leader who can ‘think outside the box’ to come up with answers. In other words, a leader must be creative, and also help to foster creativity and innovation throughout their team.

                    Creativity is not only associated with pursuits such as arts, literature and music, running a team can be just as creative. There will be times every day when you need to come up with ideas and give guidelines for your team to come up with theirs to solve problems.

                    Leadership is a journey of continuous learning

                    Leadership is an amazing experience that will take you on roads you’ve never traveled before.

                    Begin now to build your skills and experience, pick out the traits that you currently lack – and then work on developing those.

                    It will take tons of practice and time before becoming an effective leader but eventually you will join the ranks of great leaders.

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