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Great Leadership Quotes for the Holiday Home Stretch

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Earlier this week we shared some leadership quotes that didn’t quite work for us. Today, let’s explore some quotes that do work, and understand why we like them. We hope you find some daily inspiration in them. Let us know where you disagree with us, however, by commenting on our post.

“Some people will never learn anything…because they understand everything too soon!”

~Alexander Pope

This is a great reflection on a leader with mind that is closed to input, who is not imbued with our philosophy of the Pursuit of Truth. Business leaders must make fast decision every day, and cannot wait for all the information they need to make great decisions, but the leader who makes quick decisions based solely on what he assumes is the truth will make poorer decision.

“The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed – it is a process of elimination.”

~Elbert Hubbard

Exploration is a fundamental part of leadership. You have to look underneath the superficial appearance of situations, and of your employees, if you wish to foster creativity and achieve goals the most efficient way.

“The world is not to be put in order. The world is in order. It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order.”

~Henry Miller

The marketplace is not for a leader to shape. The marketplace can be brought to your preferred view, but it takes massive financial resources to do that. A large corporation like Coca-Cola or General Electric can try to do that, but the rest of us will find it a fruitless task. A much better approach is to fully understand the environment in which you work and adjust your approach to fit those circumstances. With regard to teamwork, how much easier is it to change your own mindset about engagement than it is to change everyone else’s?

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

~E. B. White (more famously known for the wondrous ‘Elements of Style’)

We don’t really need to explain this one, I hope. Relate it to the Alexander Pope quote at the top.

“We tend to wear suits of armor one over the other…We hope we will not have to completely undress.”

~Chogyam Trungpa

It is a learned skill to be comfortable in your own skin, and not take professional disagreements personally. It is also hard to accept criticism without embarrassment. Both are critical to successfully engaging with employees and other co-workers (especially bosses.)

“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

~Robert Louis Stevenson

Our life’s work at Bovo-Tighe is to help you become what you are capable of becoming. Let us know how we can make that happen for you in 2013.

Have a wonderful Holiday Season. Make someone (including yourself) happy with a present, or a gesture, or simply a kind word!


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