Looking for inspiration or motivation?
Then nothing beats a good quote to boost leadership!
The wise words from the ones who took the lead before us are a great source of knowledge. After all, they know what they’re talking about!
A confident leader allocates time for reflection and education. And if you don’t have much time to read biographies or leadership books, then quotes can be a gem to boost your inner strength.
Isn’t it a great way to engage in reflection: What does the quote mean to me? How would I apply such advice?
Here are 8 quotes to boost leadership, motivation and trust.
One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation – Arthur Ashe
Trusting yourself is a practice that takes time. No one was ever born with infinite supply of confidence!
Keep in mind all people you come across and seem to magically exhibit confidence on-demand worked hard on it. And the first thing they embraced was a growth mindset
As you progress, your results get better. As you get better results, your confidence increases. Logic at its best.
Related: 6 key duties to lead with confidence
The most difficult thing is the decision to act ; the rest is tenacity – Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. You can imagine the challenges she faced when, in 1928, she decided to pursue her passion for adventure and flying!
Her quote is a great reminder of how we too often let our minds interfere into our objectives. Sure, it’s easy to decide the goal is too big for you and you’d rather not try at all. That’s called fear of failure, and that’s one of the fears many leaders face (full list here: 10 fears holding leaders back to change)
Not quite sure of your first step? Hunt the blocker with intention to resolve the fist small thing you can do about it. So where does it come from? Data, facts…or stories in your mind?
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Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy – Barack Obama
Growth can be a painful process. After all, it takes guts to travel past your own borders and make space for new skills or experience. But isn’t it worth the reward? Think of the last time you discovered something new about yourself. Weren’t you proud of that new skill or behaviour you’d never thought you had?
And next time you fall short in motivation, remember that a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor!
The difference between mere management and leadership is communication – Winston Churchill
Leadership is an art of communication.
You lead ideas? You need to articulate them.
You lead people? You have to deliver feedback and conduct team meetings.
The point is simple: the way you deliver your message makes up 99% of the impact you’re going to make. So better working on it!
A boss has the title. A leader has the people – Simon Sinek
A manager wants to see things when they’re done ; a leader shows others how to get things done. Where do you stand?
A real leader cultivates the humility to be of service to others. Because she knows one of the greatest gifts -and duties of leadership is to give access: to skills, knowledge, inspiration…
Gratitude and attitude are not challenges, they are choices – Robert Braathe
One to start the day on a positive note. Ever engaged in a gratitude practice? It doesn’t take more than 5 to 10 minutes a day. It makes you embrace positivity first thing in the morning.
Want more? 5 minute mindfulness rituals for leaders
I’ve had a gratitude practice for years now and can truly say it made a great difference in the way I approached people, situations and challenges. Research from the Hong Kong Institute of Education evidenced people who kept a gratitude journal for a month showed significant decline in stress. Try it for yourself!
In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety – Abraham Maslow
Risk taking is intimidating at first. Neurologically speaking, we’re not wired for it. But as for anything, it gets better with practice! The beauty of this quote is twofold: it inspires leadership success and it sums up perfectly the two choices we can create for ourselves, no matter the situation or the challenge.
Do you face the unknown and maybe learn something new? Or do you stand in what you know hoping it will be enough?
If you get tired learn to rest, not to quit – Banksy
How often do you give up… not because there’s no solution to the problem, but because you’re too tired to keep searching for it?
Be smart and make well-being at work yours. Self-care is a basic human right and it’s time to fully admit your deserve it. Great insights never come to an exhausted mind! (And neither a positive mindset, by the way…)
Is there any quote that fires up your motivation? Share it in the comments!