Over the past 6 months I have been working towards a small book looking into the leaders that aren’t leaders in the workplace. This may sound a little weird but what it looks into is the workers who on a daily basis are put into positions of leadership and they don’t necessarily know it. A lot of us think the leader within the company is the manager or the person we report to. This person is automatically branded the leader in the context of their position. They may have got there through experience or qualification but are they a leader in that position.
I have been studying the traits of a leader and have found that too many people in that perceived managers position are in fact weak at leading. Many of them are good at the soft side of the job, the books, the management but not the drive stuff. The leader is focused from the right side of the brain and the manager the left. So no one person will be strong in both.
The main point of this post is I want to share a few inspirational leadership quotes that I have fstumbled upon that I think are just great. Read them out, print them if you need, but take heed of their message, it can help you in more ways than one.
Great leadership quotes and inspirational quotes
“Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.” (Samuel Johnson 1709-84)
“I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.” (Woodrow Wilson)
“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss…. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads and the boss drives.” (Theodore Roosevelt)
“No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself.” (William Penn)
“Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be, For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance, I have not winced nor cried aloud: Under the bludgeonings of chance my head is bloody but unbowed . . . . . It matters not how strait the gait, how charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” (WE Henley, 1849-1903, from ‘Invictus’)
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” (President Harry S Truman)
“What should it profit a man if he would gain the whole world yet lose his soul.” (The Holy Bible, Mark 8:36)
“A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.” (Harvey Mackay)
“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple, learn how to look after them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” (John Steinbeck)
“I keep six honest serving-men, They taught me all I knew; Their names are What and Why and When, And How and Where and Who.” (Rudyard Kipling, from ‘Just So Stories’, 1902.)
“A dwarf standing on the shoulders of a giant may see farther than the giant himself.” (Didacus Stella, circa AD60 – and, as a matter of interest, abridged on the edge of an English £2 coin)
“The most important thing in life is not to capitalise on your successes – any fool can do that. The really important thing is to profit from your mistakes.” (William Bolitho, from ‘Twelve against the Gods’)
“Everybody can get angry – that’s easy. But getting angry at the right person, with the right intensity, at the right time, for the right reason and in the right way – that’s hard.” (Aristotle)
“Management means helping people to get the best out of themselves, not organising things.” (Lauren Appley)
“It’s not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred with the sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause and who, at best knows the triumph of high achievement and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” (Theodore Roosevelt.)
“I praise loudly. I blame softly.” (Catherine the Great, 1729-1796.)
“Experto Credite.” (“Trust one who has proved it.” Virgil, 2,000 years ago.)
“Behind an able man there are always other able men.” (Chinese Proverb.)