Leading With Love: 10 Quotes To Inspire You

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However you celebrate Valentine’s Day, remember to carry the meaning and feeling behind it with you all year long. For me that means leading with a servant heart and putting others first. It also means having compassion, empathy and active listening skills everyday.

Here are 10 of my favourite Leadership quotes to help inspire, motivate and hopefully help you feel the spirit of Valentine’s Day all year long!

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
~John Quincy Adams

The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.
~John Buchan

Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.
~Norman Schwarzkopf

I think leadership comes from integrity – that you do whatever you ask others to do. I think there are non-obvious ways to lead. Just by providing a good example as a parent, a friend, a neighbor makes it possible for other people to see better ways to do things. Leadership does not need to be a dramatic, fist in the air and trumpets blaring, activity.
~Scott Berkun

You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.
~Sam Rayburn

Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not “making friends and influencing people”, that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.
~Peter F. Drucker

Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration—of oneself and of others. Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes. Leadership is not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others. It is an attitude, not a routine.
~Lance Secretan

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.
~Jack Welch

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
~Ralph Nader

Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.
~Harold S. Geneen

What are some of your favorite quotes that you would add to this list?

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4 comments

  1. One of my favorite quotes:
    “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” ~Buddha

    Love this post! Thank you Chantal

    • Chantal Bechervaise – Outaouais Region - Canada – I blog about everything surrounding the world of work and how it intersects with personal life. Topics include: HR, Leadership, Social Media, Technology, Work-Life Balance, Employee Engagement, Workplace Culture and Achieving Success and Happiness. It is all about your own personal balance and what is appropriate for you. I also love the outdoors and reconnecting with nature.
      Chantal Bechervaise says:

      Thank you Hoda! That is a beautiful quote!

  2. Steve Borek – Baldwinsville, NY – Since we're all going to die, what do you want to do with the time between now and when that day comes? I'm an Executive and Leadership Coach who works with clients worldwide. My firm is End Game Business. Work with me. The people you lead will be raving fans. Your customers will say they'd be out of their minds to do business with anyone but you. My professional coaching certifications are PCC, BCC, and CUCG. I've coached over 275 people, over 2K hours, in a half dozen countries. What's your end game?
    Steve Borek says:

    Nice post.

    The best leaders are vulnerable. They’re not afraid to show who they are or what they care about. Especially caring for their people.

    You’ve listed a number of great quotations.

    My leadership coaching stems from The Leadership Challenge. Here’s two quotes from that book:

    “You must love those who lead before you can be an effective leader. You can certainly command without that sense of commitment, but you cannot lead without it . . .” General Eric Shinseki

    “Love ’em and lead ’em.” Jim Kouzes

    • Chantal Bechervaise – Outaouais Region - Canada – I blog about everything surrounding the world of work and how it intersects with personal life. Topics include: HR, Leadership, Social Media, Technology, Work-Life Balance, Employee Engagement, Workplace Culture and Achieving Success and Happiness. It is all about your own personal balance and what is appropriate for you. I also love the outdoors and reconnecting with nature.
      Chantal Bechervaise says:

      Thanks Steve! I have yet to read that book. It’s on my reading wish list. Those are 2 great quotes as well. Thanks for sharing them.

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