The topic of leadership, though common, can mean different things to different people. How you interpret this core value can surely determine your work ethic and potential of positively influencing those around you. Let’s take a look at five leadership quotes that I think capture what it truly means to be a leader.
1.) Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. —Warren Bennis
A strong leader has a strong vision. A strong leader also has the ability to identify what it takes to transform this vision and produce results.
2.) The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. —Max De Pree
This is one of my favorites. Leadership does not mean standing at the head and conducting; it means informing, influencing, helping, and congratulating.
3.) Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. —Jack Welch
The personal development and professional growth of others is what keeps a true leader going.
4.) I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. —Ralph Nader
This ties into the last one. Fulfillment should come in the form of helping those under you get to your level.
5.) A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position. —John Maxwell
Passion is one of the greatest attributes someone can have. It propels a leader to greatness through a well-fueled fire, not a boosted ego.
These words are definitely worth thinking about when it comes to identifying genuine leadership. It is evident that in order to be a truly effective leader you must possess the internal devotion, respect, passion, and integrity it takes to not only achieve the desired outcome, but have a lasting impact on those involved. Lead with the well-being of others as top priority, and success will follow.