Whether they’re proudly displayed on your office wall or hidden inside your bottom desk drawer, we all have our go-to inspirational quotes. It might be a tad embarrassing or a little melodramatic, but either way, they’re good for you. These extremely cheesy, uplifting, and motivational quotes do just that: layer on the cheese but uplift and motivate in the process. Pushing you through your lazy points and weak moments, these quotes can empower you to be more productive, more creative, and an all-around better person.
Here are a few of our favorite leadership quotes, to inspire the inner lion in your soul. And we promise not to say anything if you choose to print one out and hide it in your drawer.
“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” Steve Jobs
By providing an example of excellence to your team, they will follow suit and rise to meet your expectations. Don’t ever expect something from your team that you wouldn’t be willing to do yourself. We, as humans, can sense if someone is not being genuine. By leading by example, it’s easier for others to feel confident and be willing to do the same. Before you know it, you’ll have an All-Star team and blossoming company.
“There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss. Both are based on authority. A boss demands blind obedience, a leader earns his authority through understanding and trust.” Klaus Balkenhol
Anybody can be a boss. But not everyone can be a leader. A leader listens to his people, understands their motivation, and cares what they think. A boss barks commands and isn’t flexible, whereas a leader is open to communication and suggestion. By being a true leader, you’ll see increased enthusiasm and respect from your team.
“Hire character. Train skill.” Peter Schutz
There are some pretty talented people out there, but not all of them will do great things with their talent. A good leader can look past the talent, intelligence, and skill and see the merit in solid character. With a great foundation can come a phenomenal house that will withstand storms and can be renovated to become better and better. The same applies to a person of solid character. He or she can weather storms with grace and continually be improved. Don’t ever overlook someone with great character.
“People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” John Maxwell
The idea doesn’t make the person. The person makes the idea. You could have the greatest vision for a company but still fail to lead the company to success. You have to have the mental fortitude and energy to forge a path that your team can follow.
Now take these quotes and run like the wind into the future leader version of yourself!