We'd like to welcome you to another power packed issue of the Motivational and Inspirational Corner Newsletter. This month we're going to focus our time together on the importance of developing those leadership traits within you. Yes, you do have and hold the temperament and tenacity requisite of all leaders down inside of you. As is always the case here at the Motivational and Inspirational Corner, we're going to incorporate a number of inspirational sayings and quotations throughout our newsletter this month.
Inspirational sayings and motivational quotes can stir our souls and move us to action. Action has long been the difference between the movers and shakers and the also-rans of life. Not coincidentally, leadership has many times been defined as action. Your ability to lead will depend in large measure on what you do and when you do it. In others words, your willingness to take action.
Vincent Lombardi once said, "Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow." He also had this inspirational message to say on the topic, "Having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it."
This world desperately needs more leaders - to show the way and to light the fires of others. The world opens its doors to those unique individuals who have the courage and strength to boldly step out of the shadows and indelibly etch their names in the history books. Are you up to the challenge?
"The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it." - Theodore Roosevelt.
The above inspirational quote tells us that we must lead but not dominate. We must set an example rather than set the rules. When everyone gets to share in the glory of a job well done, the likelihood of success grows exponentially. Henry Ford said this about leadership and team building: "Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress and working together is success." Mr. Ford knew a thing or two about success, wouldn't you agree? Mr. Ford believed in his people and in turn, built one of the greatest success stories in America.
To fully illustrate this point, please allow me to share a few more inspirational leadership quotes from Henry Ford.
"You can take my factories, burn up my building, but give me my people and I'll build the business right back again."
"Don't find fault. Find a remedy."
"Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right."
Henry Ford believed in himself, his people and their collective ability to be the best. He was the personification of leadership.
While we're at it, here are a few more leadership quotes.
"You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That's assault, not leadership."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
"A leader is a dealer in hope."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
"Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile."
- Vincent Lombardi
"Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders."
- Tom Peters
Maybe, just maybe, we can take the wisdom of these inspirational quotes and mold our own inborn leadership qualities around them. Leadership requires the vision to see what others cannot. Leadership requires the commitment to do what others will not. Leadership requires determination to find a better way, a faster way and smarter way to do those things that need to be done - every single day.
Are you ready to unshackle yourself and take the reigns? Are you prepared to lead by setting a good example and then share in the credit when the task has been successfully completed? Are you ready to lead? When you are, you'll discover that there are plenty of people who are ready to follow your lead.