“Would anybody be offended if we gave a $150 million bonus to Gandhi? How about a $250 million bonus to Mother Teresa? Do we have an issue with that? None at all. Great leaders would never sacrifice the people to save the numbers. They would sooner sacrifice the numbers to save the people.” ~ Simon Sinek, TED
“The closest analogy I can give to what a great leader is, is like being a parent. If you think about what being a great parent is, what do you want? What makes a great parent? We want to give our child opportunities, education, discipline them when necessary, all so that they can grow up and achieve more than we could for ourselves. Great leaders want exactly the same thing. They want to provide their people opportunity, education, discipline when necessary, build their self-confidence, give them the opportunity to try and fail, all so that they could achieve more than we could ever imagine for ourselves.” ~ Simon Sinek, TED
“When a leader makes the choice to put the safety and lives of the people inside the organization first, to sacrifice their comforts and sacrifice the tangible results, so that the people remain and feel safe and feel like they belong, remarkable things happen.” ~ Simon Sinek, TED
Leadership is influence – nothing more and nothing less. If a person is able to influence another to take some course of action, they are a leader. Period. There are several different leadership styles or methods that a person may use in order to influence others and a case could be made in support of each one, but as a follower though, nothing makes it easier to follow a person than one who leads by example.
“Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. By his love he is enabled to see the essential traits and features in the beloved person; and even more, he sees that which is potential in him, which is not yet actualized but yet ought to be actualized. Furthermore, by his love, the loving person enables the beloved person to actualize these potentialities. By making him aware of what he can be and of what he should become, he makes these potentialities come true.” ~ Viktor Frankl, Brain Pickings
“Make it your business to draw out the best in others by being an exemplar yourself.” ~ Epictetus, The Art of Living
“It is not a demonstration of kindness or friendship to the people we care about to join them in indulging in wrongheaded, negative feelings. We do a better service to ourselves and others by remaining detached and avoiding melodramatic reactions.” ~ Epictetus, The Art of Living
“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“Be generous with your time and your resources and with giving credit and, especially, with your words. It’s so much easier to be a critic than a celebrator. Always remember there is a human being on the other end of every exchange and behind every cultural artifact being critiqued. To understand and be understood, those are among life’s greatest gifts, and every interaction is an opportunity to exchange them.” ~ Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
…And why trust is the one thing that changes everything!
“Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A good leader takes more than their fair share of the blame and gives more than their share of the credit.” ~ Arnold Glasnow