Leadership qualities and characteristics are not about holding a title, or the person who occupies the corner office. It is about the ability, courage, and vision to assist, help, point, and encourage others to offer the best of their abilities in concert with enthusiasm each and every day of the week.
The following quotations, sayings, and leadership concepts highlight an abundant number of qualities that we, as leaders, should strive to emulate.
Strength is the product of struggle. You must do what others don't to achieve what others won't. Henry Rollins
Ww must train from the inside out. Using our strengths to attack and nullify any weaknesses. It’s not about denying a weakness may exist but about denying its right to persist. Vince McConnell
Strength doesn't come what you can do, it comes from overcoming what you once couldn’t. Rikki Rogers
The foremost requirement for potent leadership is humility, so that leaders can fully understand and appreciate their own shortfalls. Jocko Willink
The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things. Ronald Reagan
The courage to admit when you're wrong doesn't show weakness. It shows your strength. Your integrity speaks volumes about you as a person. Blaque Diamond
The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet."
Theodore M. Hesburgh
We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. Chuck Swindoll
A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit. Arnold H. Glasow
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. John F. Kennedy
A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better. Jim Rohn
Positive thinking empowers you by building your unique skill set. Each one of us is gifted in our own special way. Benjamin Smith
Leading people is the most challenging and, therefore, the most gratifying undertaking of all human endeavors. Jocko Willink
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. Bill Gates
The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch. Jim Rohn
The choices you make today will determine your circumstances tomorrow. Brian Cagneey
Successful people compress time and do things faster—not because they can but because they realize everyone can. And this realization that “everyone can" enables them to do what to many seems impossible.
When I feel overwhelmed and my stress levels rise, I stop and step back from the situation and put the even in perspective. I always ask myself - what difference will this make in five years time? Catherine Pulsifer
If more knew how to build organizations that inspire, we could live in a world in which that statistic was the reverse—a world in which over 80 percent of people loved their jobs. Simon Sinek
Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability. Patrick Lencioni
Guard against seeing motion as the effective use of time. Robert Rivers
There is strength in every struggle. Struggles create opportunities for you to become stronger, wiser and better. The moment you shift your thinking from "I cannot" to "I must," you will begin to see 'Beyond the Pain' and draw strength from within. Learn to see each obstacle as a stepping stone and watch your life change significantly. Kemi Sogunle
When nothing goes right, you have to face forward and take it on head first. Kyo Shirodaira
One of the most important things for any leader is to never let anyone else define who you are. And you define who you are. I never think of myself as being a woman CEO of this company. I think of myself as a steward of a great institution. Ginni Rometty
First comes action, followed by motivation, followed by even more action. Alex Altman
Those who overcome great challenges will be changed, and often in unexpected ways. For our struggles enter our lives as unwelcome guests, but they bring valuable gifts. And once the pain subsides, the gifts remain. These gifts are life's true treasures, bought at great price, but cannot be acquired in any other way. Steve Goodier
I’ve always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team. Lee Iacocca
What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first step to something better.
Every time you have to speak, you are auditioning for leadership. James Humes
You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand. Woodrow Wilson
A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them.
M. D. Arnold
It is very hard to demonstrate or model leadership qualities when you misuse time by gossiping. Byron R. Pulsifer
Don't follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you. Margaret Thatcher
The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. Ray Kroc
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. Kurt Vonnegut
Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work. Seth Godin
The characteristic of an outstanding leader is the person who is unconcerned about going out of their way in order to boost the self-esteem of any one of their team. Byron R. Pulsifer
Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. John C. Maxwell
... if you are full of ideas and opinions all the time, there will be no room for new things to come up and present themselves to you. Michael Hetherington
Starting your morning on a positive vibe will lead to an ideal day, which should be filled with energy and vibrancy. Sandra Leon
Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. George S. Patton
... we desperately need more leaders who are committed to courageous, wholehearted leadership and who are self-aware enough to lead from their hearts, rather than unevolved leaders who lead from hurt and fear.
What is the only variable that distinguishes you in the marketplace? Your people! John Putzier
Everything you need to know about leadership you already know. It all boils down to one simple little rule you learned a long time ago. And that simple rule is to treat people the way you would want to be treated. The Golden Rule. James C. Hunter
The most effective way to do it is to do it. Amelia Earhart
All leaders must walk a fine line between focus and conventional wisdom, between confidence in their ability and unrealistic overconfidence, and between the demands of fast action and a clear-eyed assessment of the situation.
Instead of spending your time dreaming of your plan’s happy ending, you must work on calculating every possible permutation and pitfall that might emerge in it. The further you see, the more steps ahead you plan, the more powerful you become. Robert Greene
Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. John Wooden
You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins. Jim Stovall