The topic of leadership has gotten quite a good trouncing in the U.S. lately. There is anger and finger pointing, claims and promises, fuzzy plans and selective history, polls and opinions, red and blue, and 314 million people hang in the balance.
It has been an interesting election to watch as a foreigner but I thought it would be good to step away from the noise and offer some leadership inspiration.
Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I'll understand.
The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people,
but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
Don't waste a single second. Just move forward as fast as you can and go for it.
The price of greatness is responsibility.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world.
Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.
If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
John F Kennedy
Never hold too closely to your idea but be open to change and innovation.
The led must not be compelled; they must be able to choose their own leader.
When you accept a leadership role, you take on extra responsibility
for your actions toward others.
If you're not confused, you're not paying attention.
Take successes and failures as they come,
since things often change at a moments notice.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more,
do more and become more, you are a leader.
John Quincy Adams
The road to success is always under construction.
Leadership is the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard,
the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.