Inspirational Quotes & Lessons from Legendary Leaders
Great leaders never stop growing, and what better way is there to learn than through the insight and advice of others?
Here are five of my favorite leadership quotes. These “bite-size nuggets of wisdom” stand on their own merit and don’t need much commentary from me.
LESSON #1: Planning is essential to achieving your goals
“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably end up somewhere else”
~ Yogi Berra
LESSON #2: Build a strong and loyal team; every leader needs one
“My model for business is The Beatles. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.”
~ Steve Jobs
LESSON #3: Focus relentlessly on achieving your goals
“If I stop (for) every barking dog, I’m not going to get to the places I need to go.”
~ Florence Griffith-Joyner
“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers”
Staying informed, inspired, and up to date on best practices is essential for effective leadership. There are so many inspirational and educational leadership books out there but, if you’re like me, you have some books that you read over and over again.
Here are the top five most-read books in my leadership library:
“Life’s a Campaign: What Politics Has Taught Me About Friendship, Rivalry, Reputation, and Success” by Chris Matthews
Political commentator Chris Matthews does a great job of identifying the “tactics, tricks, and truths that help people get ahead” in politics and life. He draws on his years of interviewing the people who lead our country and shares their stories to teach us about leadership, teamwork, and the importance of understanding human nature. Truly an interesting, entertaining, and enlightening book…and definitely one of my very favorites.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. — John Quincy Adams
Let me start out by saying that I’m a very big fan of local government.
Serving as an alderman and then as my community’s first woman mayor, I came to appreciate how local government touches our lives every single day. Local government is about our quality of life, our safety, and the education and future of our children. And, whether you’re a politician, government employee or grassroots organizer, local government is where you can actually get things done.
Although I valued my role as an elected official, I wasn’t a career politician. I juggled public service with running a multi-million dollar business in the commercial construction industry. My schedule was crazy as I tried to balance work, politics, and my personal life, but I loved every minute of it!
I’m grateful for my experience in both the government and corporate sectors because it made me a better leader in each of those worlds.
Here are the top five leadership lessons I learned from the intersection of business and politics…
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
John F. Kennedy
Change is inevitable and that’s especially true when it comes to local government. Public policy revisions are necessary for growth, staff members retire or leave for other opportunities, and elected officials rotate off the board and new members are sworn into office. Leading change is necessary for successful growth and progress.