Daily, leadership tests and challenges are played out, for better or worse.
And the outcome of these leadership tests can affect hundreds, thousands, or frequently, millions of people.
Today, for example, leadership challenges are being played out in the following arenas: the oil spill, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, world and national economies…and there’s plenty more to choose from.
Your own company may have leadership challenges in play, as many do while trying to navigate ongoing economic challenges safely.
Knowing how many people’s lives are affected by leadership decisions and actions, whatever they may be, I sometimes reach for famous quotes for ideas, clarity, and to help me take a long-term perspective.
A few leadership thoughts for today:
Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.
The more I have studied Lincoln, the more I have followed his thought processes, the more I am convinced that he understood leadership better than any other American president.
David Herbert Donald
Actions, not words, are the ultimate results of leadership.
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision to reality.
Warren G. Bennis
Leadership is diving for the loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It’s being able to take it as well as dish it out. That’s the only way you’re going to get respect from the players.
Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you’re ready to play as tough as you’re able to, you’d better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you’re not giving it all you’ve got.
Example is leadership.
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