We have all heard say on the qualities of a leader, and what sets them apart from the rest of the mundane crowd of followers. Truth is that everyone has the potential in them, yet very few are actually able to channel it. It takes a lot of courage and will, not to mention mentorship and lessons on leadership. And there is no better teacher to speak on the subject of leadership than a leader.
Famous Leaders’ Quotes on Leadership
Following are some invaluable lessons on leadership by 3 of the greatest leaders we have ever known. These leaders don’t have to be presidents or monarchs, but simply leaders of their field. So without further ado, let us see what these legends have to say about leadership.
“Leaders need to provide strategy and direction, and to provide employees the tools that enable them to gather information and insight from around the world. Leaders shouldn’t try to make every decision.”
Bill Gates needs no introduction, being one of the most prolific human beings alive. His opinion on leadership leans towards empowering the employee and enabling them to make decisions for the benefit of the company.
This particular strategy has been found to work splendidly, and can potentially mean huge progress and business development for the company. A good leader seeks advice, and a great leader listens to his followers, while providing them with guidance at the same time.
“Management is about persuading people to do things they do not want to do, while leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could.”
Another great leader; Steve Jobs certainly left his mark on the tech industry through his shrewd genius and his assertive leadership style. His lesson on leadership is about making the employee and the workforce believe in the idea of a bigger, better enterprise and greater business development than ever before.
Once people start to believe that they are a part of something bigger, the sky is the limit to organizational success.
“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”
Nelson Mandela was nothing short of inspiring, and his leadership lesson has to do with celebrating the workforce, and allowing them to take the victory props. While this may seem as downplaying one’s authority, it is quite the opposite of that, since employees will begin to see you as a friend rather than a boss.
Your authority will shine through when you take the reins in times of turmoil, and the employees, with their trust in you strengthened, will gladly follow. This quote and the leadership lesson behind it are a representation of Mandela’s life itself, and can apply very well to practical business situations, leading to new heights of business development.
April Salsbury, MBA is a strategist, an analyst, an operational guru, a recognized leader and C-suite global healthcare executive with drive and focus for competitive markets. Co-host of The Business Forum Show and regular contributor to various business journals, she possess multi-functional and multi-national competencies with more than 15 years experience in business and healthcare. Her expertise is in invigorating revenue growth and infusing value of lean practices in growing companies through improvements to cash flow and operations management.
Fueling revenue, growth and profit, Salsbury & Co. is a consultancy firm focused on helping businesses and healthcare organizations achieve excellency. Our specialists have executive experience combined with deep functional expertise to provide our clients with services that drive real impact and results.
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