Here are some leadership quotes that you may not be familiar with. They have strong meanings for me. I hope they will for you as well. Enjoy.
- Leaders are inherently teachers, If you are going to lead, you need to have something worthwhile to say and demonstrate to others ( Dr. Myles Munroe, 2009).
- A true leader does not measure his success by comparing himself to others but by evaluating how he is fufilling his own purpose and vision ( Dr. Myles Munroe, 2009).
- Leaders commit others to action; convert followers to leaders and convert leaders to change agents (Warren Bennis & Burt Nanus, 1997).
- Great leaders do not desire to lead but to serve (Dr. Myles Munroe, 2009).
- Leadership is a journey that starts where you are, not where you want to be (John Maxwell, 2005).
- Good, effective, and relevant leadership is all about lifelong learning (Dave Kraft, 2010).
- The leader’s greatest calling and most significant long-term contribution is to recruit and train other leaders (Dave Kraft, 2010).
- Leadership is unlimited when you believe in something bigger than yourself (Tony Crisp, 2010).
Lately, I have not been true to my blog postings; especially, the one posted on January 21, 2009 entitled “Lead Yourself.” The 7 principles are found in John Maxwell’s book “The 360 Degree Leader.”
As my workload grew in recent weeks, I did not proactively manage my time and priorities and the results led to a behavior that I am not proud of. I had an outburst with an employee today and others witnessed this behavior.
John Maxwell stated that if we desire to lead up, we must lead ourselves first and the first principle in leading ourselves is to manage our emotions. I was unabled to manage my emotions. No one “wants to spend time around an emotional time bomb…” “Good leaders know when to display emotions and when to delay them.” Well, I must say my timing was off.
The good news is that I apologized to the person that I had the “outburst” with; however, others who were in the room during the outburst were not privy to the apology. My job now is to make sure that my outburst did not affect that person and others who witnessed my behavior negatively.
I plan to review the January 21, 2009 blog again and I invite you to review it as well. Reminders are good.