Leadership books are helpful, but sometimes your leadership approach can pivot on a simple quotation.

Your time is valuable, so I’ve boiled them down to bite-size nuggets here:

On Attitude

  • Life’s rewards go to those who let their actions rise above their excuses.
  • A life filled with the positive attitude is also filled with positive impact.
  • Those who give the best of themselves get the best from others.
  • A single act does make a difference; it creates a ripple effect that can be felt many miles and people away.

On Execution 

  • A good plan gets you into the race, but execution propels you into the winner’s circle.
  • Saying “Yes” to one thing always means saying “No” to something else.
  • Measure what matters, then manage what you measure.
  • A blurred vision yields diffused efforts.

On Growth

  • High revenue growth forgives many sins.
  • Growth comes when you get off the treadmill of working in the business and step into the eagle’s nest to work on the business.
  • The entrepreneur says, “The next deal is king,” while the leader says, “The customer is king.”

  On Communication

  • Those who underestimate the intelligence of their employees generally overestimate their own.
  • Great leaders appreciate their employees, not just their contributions.
  • Employees who are searching for answers typically fill in the blanks with the worst case scenario.

On Change

  • Live your company values before you communicate them.
  • Culture change is nothing more than behavior change.


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