“Now more than ever I am aware that a person’s significant birthdays can either mark the passage of time, or they can mark changes they’ve made in their lives to reach their potential and become the person they were created to be. With each passing year, I want to make good choices that make me a better person, help me become a better leader, and make a positive impact on others.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Gold
“Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less. How do you gain influence from people? You invest in them. How do you invest in them? It starts with giving them time.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Gold
“People naturally follow leaders stronger than themselves.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Gold
“Who are we, if not measured by our impact on others? That’s who we are! We’re not who we say we are, we’re not who we want to be – we are the sum of the influence and impact that we have, in our lives, on others.” ~ Carl Sagan
“Cats do what cats do, ducks do what ducks do, and eagles do what eagles, do. If you take a duck and ask it to do an eagles’ job, shame on you. As a leader, your job is to help your ducks to become better ducks and your eagles better eagles – to put individuals in the right places and help them reach their potential.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Gold
“Don’t waste your time trying to turn ducks into eagles. Hire people who already have the motivation and drive to be eagles and then just let them soar.” ~ Jim Rohn
“People may teach what they know, but they reproduce what they are.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Gold
“The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers.” ~ Max Depree
“The more that people know how they fit on a team, the more they will desire to properly make the most of their fit and maximize their contribution.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Gold
“Organizations exist to make people’s strengths effective and their weaknesses irrelevant. And this is the work of effective leaders.” ~ Frances Hesselbein
“Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others, as what he does from day to day to lead himself.” ~ Thomas J. Watson, Former Chairman of IBM
“Leaders need to remember that the point of leading is not to cross the finish line first. It’s to take people across the finish line with you. For that reason, leaders must deliberately slow their pace, stay connected to their people, enlist others to help fulfill the vision, and keep people going. You can’t do that if you’re running too far ahead of your people.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Gold
“Most people use two totally different sets of criteria for judging themselves versus others. We tend to judge others according to their actions. It’s very cut-and-dried. However, we judge ourselves by our intentions. Even if we do the wrong thing, if we believe our motives were good, we let ourselves off the hook. And we are often willing to do that over and over before requiring ourselves to change.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Gold
“If you are in a leadership position, do not rely on your title to convince people to follow you. Build relationships. Win people over. Do that and you will never be a lonely leader.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Gold
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