The past 48 hours have been a revelation for me in humanity and heroism. I met a young woman who is going blind and writing a book about it, I talked to an old friend who's penning a witty memoir about living with a painful bone disability, I spoke with the co-author of my next book as she struggled to find her words through the thick mind fog of Lewy body dementia, and then this morning I woke to learn of the passing of Nelson Mandela, one of the great leaders of our time.
The stories of all four of these wonderful people have affected me deeply, and in honour of all of them I have assembled some leadership quotes to live by. Whether you're an author trying to find the courage to write about the struggles in your life or the President of South Africa trying to lead people in dangerous times, we all have it in us to change the world with our actions and our words.
Here are some leadership quotes to live by.
1. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. —Warren Bennis
2. A leader is a dealer in hope. —Napoleon Bonaparte
3. A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. —John Maxwell
4. Leadership is influence. —John C. Maxwell
5. A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be. —Rosalynn Carter
6. Do what you feel in your heart to be right–for you’ll be criticized anyway. —Eleanor Roosevelt
7. If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing. —Benjamin Franklin
8. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. —John Quincy Adams
9. Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal. —Vince Lombardi
10. Whatever you are, be a good one. —Abraham Lincoln
Have a happy and inspired weekend everyone!
Stacey D. Atkinson is the author of the newly released novel Stuck, which she published via her independent company Mirror Image Publishing.