Now that we’ve sussed out a proper answer to the question of what leadership is, we can turn our attention to making sure our leadership is top notch. A little inspiration from some of history’s greatest leaders will light the path forward and today we’re taking their words to heart with some of our favorite leadership quotes.Check out these inspirational #leadership #quotes Click To Tweet
Leadership quotes sure to inspire you
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
Being a leader isn’t (or shouldn’t be) about being in the spotlight – it’s all about results. The best leadership, then, is effective but invisible.Lao Tzu: 'A #leader is best when people barely know he exists. They will say: We did it ourselves.' Click To Tweet
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
Further to the above quote about leading in such a way that the team feels responsible for their own success, Dwight D. Eisenhower reminds us that this is result is best achieved not by coercion, but through proper motivation.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.
Hammering home the point of the invisible leader: the leader who wants the glory will rarely get the result. Likewise, doing everything yourself isn’t leadership at all.
I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
The most inspirational leaders will garner their fair share of willing followers and disciples, but the most effective leaders will create more leaders from amongst those followers.
This is seen often in the corporate world, where one sign of effective management can sometimes feel like a punishment: your subordinates being promoted.Ralph Nader: 'The function of #leadership is to produce more #leaders, not more followers.' Click To Tweet
To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.
Empathy goes a very long way in a world that moves maybe a little too quickly for people to stop and pay attention. Truly inspirational leaders are able to keep their head in the game and know that extending their hearts to their people contributes to that cause.Eleanor Roosevelt: 'To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.' Click To Tweet
Rowing harder doesn’t help if the boat is headed in the wrong direction.
Naturally, no form of leadership is going to get you and your team where you want to be unless you’re headed in the right direction. Usain Bolt is the fastest man alive but even an average runner could beat him if he started the race running in the wrong direction for a few seconds.
Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.
As all of these leadership quotes have reinforced, attitude is key and will define both your successes and failures. You’re as capable of runaway success as you are capable of failure – which of the two you will achieve is largely up to you.Henry Ford: 'Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right.' Click To Tweet
Leadership in action
These leadership quotes should light a fire under you, but all the inspiration in the world is of little value unless you put it into practice. Make sure your team is rowing in the right direction by using Blrt to get everyone on the same page in cloud-based conversation.
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Blrt helps you get your point across quickly by allowing you to talk, point and draw over images, documents and websites. The resulting video-like recording is called a Blrt.
Your Blrts require much less bandwidth than video and can be shared with anyone on mobile or desktop. This makes Blrt ideal for both collaboration and the creation and sharing of dynamic content, as public Blrts can be embedded into any webpage.
Once recorded, Blrts are stored in the cloud and are exchanged with others in a conversation-like fashion. A record is kept of the exchange, and new parties and media can be added at any time.
Blrt shifts time and place, allowing users in a conversation to participate in their own time. In an era where activity-based working and distributed teams are commonplace, Blrt is revolutionising the way people interact to get things done.