The most resourceful leadership tools are those that inspire us to reflect on how a small change in attitude can strengthen our resolve, create insight and reflection or resolve a conflict. In this way, what was once perceived as a struggle becomes a challenge for us to aspire to the perspective that turns a problems into opportunities for growth.
Good leaders know this. At heart, they are motivators and seers whose words and favorite quotations minister to the souls of those who follow them and become effective leadership tools.
The right words delivered in the right way at the right time become a mantra that awaken us from a hellish state of unconsciousness. This quotation is my own. When a person is drowning in the river of despair and misperception, they are stuck in a hellish dream because they are squandering their potential.
Below you will find quotations from the masters of success that you can use as leadership tools to inspire those around you. If you have an employee who has been particularly hard to reach, I suggest you buy them a blank card with a beautiful photo on the front. In the card, tuck a leadership quote that you believe will speak directly to this person. Step back and let the quotation work its magic--like a vision for the blind.
"When building a team, I always search first for people who love to win. If I can't find any of those, I look for people who hate to lose."
~H. Ross Perot~
"What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him."
~Louis L. Mann~
"The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration."
~Pearl S. Buck~
"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy."
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
"If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise."
"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
"Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing."
"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet."
"The longer I live, the more I am certain that the great difference between the great and the insignificant is energy -- invincible determination -- a purpose once fixed, and then death or victory."
~Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton~
"It is not the position, but the disposition."
~J. E. Dinger~
"The will to conquer is the first condition of victory."
"A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes."
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