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Whether you are trying to lead your team better, show your boss you are ready for more responsibility, trying to get that promotion or even looking to win more games with your local team there are many ways leadership skills can help you. So have a look around and see what you can pick up.
Top 10 Quotes Of All Time
“A leader is a dealer in hope.”
This Quote is my favourite as you can guess from the top of the page, it is short and sweet and yet really gets to the heart of leadership. Hope is what makes people choose to follow someone and a true leader is followed voluntarily. People will go through a lot and work with all their effort if they have hope that they are working towards something better.
“Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.”
This quote shows the other side of the Napoleon quote. A leader that leads by fear rather then hope spends their leadership in fear themselves that if their power were to falter they will be at the mercy of their people and eventually everyone falls. So always treat people the way you would want to be treated and this goes double if you have any authority over them.
“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are so confident while the intelligent are full of doubt”
So true in life that the loudest are also the most wrong and people who have something really valuable to say often fear speaking up. Being a good leader is about having the courage to speak up. For the sake of your team I hope you fall on the right side of the quote.
“The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do.”
This quote is timeless in that all through history their have been people who talk the talk and cant back it up. It seems almost every politician is judged on what they say and not what they do and as you grow wise to this fact you start to ignore all the fancy promises and grand ideas and wait for the substance.
“The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes”
Another great Churchill quote. I’ve fallen foul of this one many a time and will write off what people say just because they are often wrong and not too bright but even fools have their day. So a great leader will always judge and idea on merit and not on the source.
“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do”
In the same vain as number 4 this quote highlights the fact of so many leaders promising the sun and not delivering. Your reputation is based on what you do and not what you say you will do and often leaders forget that, sadly so do the people they are leading.
“When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out.”
This quote highlights one of the main problems inexperienced leaders have and that is too much micromanagement. A good leader will let their team do the jobs they know how to do. Bad leaders just cant help getting involved and trying to tell everyone how best to do their job. They are there because they know how to do their job and often a lot better then the person leading them. Micromanagement of a team just leads to a reduction in productivity, moral and quality.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
One of the smartest men in history with a vast amount of knowledge and he is saying imagination is more important, maybe he was on to something. What Einstein means with this quote is that imagination is what is needed to really progress and make breakthroughs, knowledge will only get you as far as the last person but imagination will unlock the limits of what can be achieved.
“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”
Being a great leader is really about bring the best out of those who follow, they are the ones actually doing the work and making the changes. One man can only really make a difference when that difference is inspiring others to do more and be more, that is what really makes the difference.
“Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict”
William Ellery Channing
Working towards a goal that is hard work and not easy is much more rewarding than taking the easy option. A team that has worked through adversity often is made stronger than those that have had it smooth sailing.