What attributes make an ordinary leader a great leader?
Certainly it’s an ability, often innate, to inspire others while in some way helping to enable them to achieve their best. But is there more?
In today’s world a leader not only has to have a great strategic vision along with the willingness to move forward rather than to accept the status quo, but the great leader also has to have the ability to work with a variety of skill levels and personalities in order to bring them together to share a common vision for success.
In other words three people working in unison towards a common goal can typically be much more powerful than 20 people working for their own personal agenda.
Or, using a sports analogy, a basketball team with players possessing less than stellar skills that plays both sides of the floor unselfishly and according to a carefully thought out game plan can potentially beat a team of all-stars who are playing for the sole purpose of enhancing their own highlight reel.
These are some leadership quotes that help to provide some clarity…
“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” ~Albert Einstein
“A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.” ~John C Maxwell
“No one has ever made himself great by showing how small someone else is.” ~Irvin Himmel
“Hire character. Train skill.” ~Peter Schutz
“A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.” -Oscar Wilde
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” – Peter Drucker
“When we can no longer change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor Frankl
“If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.” ~M.Forbes
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. ” ~Chinese Proverb
“While your poor performers may need more training, more structure, and more coaching, your best performers need more recognition, praise and team-building.” ~from The Manager’s Diary: Thinking Outside the Cubicle
“Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.” ~George Bernard Shaw
“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” ~JP Morgan
“Great leaders empower their team to do their work themselves. Gluttonous leaders believe their team cannot be efficient without their constant presence in the process.” ~from The 7 Deadly Sins of Leadership
“For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.” ~Harry F. Banks
“Do your work with all your heart and you will succeed.” ~Elbert Hubbard
“Listening to your staff equates to respecting your staff.” ~from The 7 Deadly Sins of Leadership
“Great leaders serve their team. Prideful leaders force their teams to serve them.” ~from The 7 Deadly Sins of Leadership
“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” ~Napoleon Hill
“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson – H/T The Manager’s Diary
Article author Michael Haltman is the President of Hallmark Abstract Service in New York.
HAS is a provider of title insurance in New York State for residential and commercial real estate transactions.
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