By: Kathy Kent Toney, CEO & Founder of Kent Business Solutions
Being a leader can be an exhausting experience at times. There may be instances where we feel buried under all our obligations; therefore, developing ourselves can take a back burner.
That's why I love leadership quotes. They are a quick lesson in practical leadership principles that can help sharpen our saws, even during the busiest times.
Here are a few that caught my eye recently. I've wrapped them around an experience I had early in my leadership journey to further illustrate their power.
A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and help those who are doing well to do even better. -Jim Rohn
At one large company I worked for, I had been in my position for a while, had accomplished great things, but I didn't see any possibilities for challenging work on the horizon. I was performing at a lower level than I was capable of because I was bored with the status quo.
That's when the best boss I ever had stepped in. He presented me with the idea of running a Voice of the Customer process team for the whole company, and I accepted his offer. This new role instantly energized me, and through the process, I gained additional skills that were key to launching my consulting firm after I left the company.
A leader takes people where they would never go on their own. - Hans Finzel
My boss instinctively knew that I would not volunteer for such a role because I lacked confidence in my ability to lead during that phase of my career. Offering this role signified that he was confident in my ability to excel, which paved the way to my success.
Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals. -Unknown
Not only did offering the role boost my confidence, he told me I'd do a great job. His belief empowered me to lead with excellence. Not only that, the experience I gained gave me the skills to later on down the line launch my own business.
You never know how one simple decision can change an employee's life trajectory!
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. John Quincy Adams
My boss demonstrated this truth by living out these principles. As leaders, if we can do the same with those that follow our lead, we will have led well.
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