To become a better leader we need to become a better person.
And in order to transform into a better person we need to grow and evolve by living (experiencing life in as many different facets as possible), learning (from successes and especially from failures), and loving (others and ourself).
This can be achieved in many different ways. By observing, asking, listening, doing, failing, rehearsing, emulating, etc. There´s no right or wrong. As long as it fits you and that you feel comfortable and good about and with it.
As an additional stimulus for your personal journey towards becoming a better leader, I would like to share with you my top 10 quotes on Leadership which encompass the three dimensions - Living, Learning, Loving - mentioned beforehand:
10. Henry Ford: On Doing New Things
"If you always do what you´ve always done, you´ll always get what you´ve always got."
09. Ralph Nader: On The Function Of Leadership
"The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers."
08. Abigail Van Buren: On A Person´s True Character
"The best index to a person´s character is how he treats people who can´t do him any good, and how he treats people who can´t fight back."
07. Walt Disney: On Dreaming
"If you can dream it, you can do it."
06. Nelson Mandela: On Releasing One´s Huge Potential
"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."
05. John Holmes: On Lifting Up People
"There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up."
04. Muhammad Ali: On Giving Every Day A Meaning
"Don´t count the days, make the days count."
03. Jim Rohn: On Creating Happiness Right Now
"Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present."
02. Albert Einstein: On Miracles
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
01. Eleanor Roosevelt: On the Essence Of Leadership
"To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart."
Which are your most favorite quotes on leadership? Please share them with us by leaving a comment below. Thanks!
Andreas von der Heydt
Andreas von der Heydt is the Head and Director of Kindle Content at Amazon in Germany. Before that he held various senior management positions at Amazon and L'Oréal. He's a leadership expert and management coach. He also founded Consumer Goods Club. Andreas worked and lived in Europe, Australia, the U.S. and Asia. Andreas enjoys blogging as a private person here on LinkedIn about various exciting topics. His latest book is about what makes a future leader. All statements made, opinions expressed, etc. in his articles only reflect his personal opinion.
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