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.
Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.
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.
You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.
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.
Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
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?