Are you leading by example?

Photo credit: Denis Collette

Photo credit: Denis Collette

We’ve all worked with people with strong leadership qualities; sometimes they are peers and sometimes they are running the organization (or should be).

Great leaders still learn from others; they empower, inspire, coach and lead by example. They have a lot of integrity. They do the right thing, they believe in transparency and they believe in the people of their organization. They don’t participate in games of control, gossip or pettiness.

They are islands of calm in great storms. They acknowledge the contributions of others.

They are teachers and visionaries.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes about leadership:

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

John F. Kennedy

“Leadership is not magnetic personality—that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not ‘making friends and influencing people’—that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.”

Peter F. Drucker

“Great necessities call forth great leaders.”

Abigail Adams

What else would you add to this list?


2 responses to “Are you leading by example?

  1. Coming from the management consulting world, we used a number of quotes related to
    “Leadership vs. Management.” We need both but one quote that stood out for me is: “Leaders seize opportunities; Managers avert threats. Both together progress more.” Don’t know who said it but I like it.

  2. sarahmontague

    Good quote and interesting distinction. Interesting how in this day and age you see a lot of managers “expecting threats” or “expecting the worse.” Seems like self-fulfilling prophecy to me.

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