By: Kathy Kent Toney, CEO & Founder of Kent Business Solutions
Famous leaders with excellent track records have so much wisdom to share with us; however, finding time to read a book can be a challenge for busy professionals. Thankfully, we can quickly learn a few things through leadership quotes.
Here are a few that recently caught my eye:
1. A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. – Max Lucado
How many of us cave into the negative criticism of others when we know the path we want to take? Turning our backside to the naysayers, when you know the right direction to take, is often the best thing to do.
2. Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily, even if you had no title or position. – Brian Tracy
I'm sure many of you have worked with exceptional leaders that you were eager to follow for many reasons. Perhaps they were fun to work with, or they brought out the best in you, and therefore you were willing to give your best to them. A great exercise is to keep that person in mind as you go about being a leader. Then exemplify those traits you admire in them as your lead others.
3. Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
One of the best managers I ever worked for called out leadership abilities that I didn't know existed. He then put me in positions where I had the chance to practice those abilities. What he did helped me to grow by leaps and bounds!
4. The leader's task is to get their people from where they are to where they have not been. – Henry Kissinger
This idea is closely related to #3. If it hadn't been for this one manager who had not invested in me, I would not be the leader I am today, for which I'm so grateful!
With that in mind, here's a tip you can try: think about each of your team members, the hidden abilities that they have. Then do what my boss did with me for some or each of them. It works; I'm living proof!
5. The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one who gets the people to do the greatest things. – Ronald Reagan
Great leaders do an excellent job of empowering team members to be the best they can be through modeling many of these characteristics outlined above. They also create an environment where employees become enthusiastic about their work, collaborate well, and in the end, accomplish exceptional results.
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