It’s the day after the Christmas holiday, and the 26th day in a row with a new article on this blog. Because it’s the day after a holiday and a Saturday to boot, I figured that no one wants to deal with anything overly long and deep; am I right?

Because of that, I decided that it would be easier to post some motivational quotes aimed at leadership. What’s different about these quotes is they’re all mine; yup, that’s right, my own quotes.

I’d never really thought I was all that quotable, but early in 2015 I decided to look back at many of my older posts and it seems that every once in a while I’d say something that I thought was a pretty good quote. I started putting together a collection, and the next thing you know I’ve got 15 pages to this point. And that’s only going up to November 2009! This means I still have 6 years to get through; whew!

I hope you enjoy both the quotes and the images I’m using before each one of them. I also hope you’ve had a nice holiday season to this point, no matter your religion.

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1. Most things in life really aren’t so important that absolute adherence to a particular process is the only way to get something done.

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2. Real leaders don’t back away from responsibility. When things go wrong, don’t go into hiding or fear that you’re going to get in trouble.

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3. How will you decide to maintain your dignity in the face of tough times?

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4. Employees are not looking for friends or enemies at work; they’re looking for satisfaction.

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5. Conversation is a great motivational tool because most employees say they don’t know what’s expected of them by management.

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6. Being a leader means you care more about the results than the process of getting there.

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7. If you’re going to be an effective leader you can’t bury your head in the ground. You can’t change things if you’re afraid to ask questions.

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8. Employers can’t continue to expect #loyalty without giving any.

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9. Perception is reality to the person with the perception, so leaders must strive to change negative beliefs and input positive feelings.

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10. I won’t be brutally honest with anyone who doesn’t deserve that; honesty doesn’t have to be mean and nasty.

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11. Employees are responsible for themselves. Leaders are responsible for making sure they have the tools to be successful.

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12. I have found that when I start doing positive things, positive things start coming my way.

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13. A good leader has to know how to work with others and know how to lead others. This seems logical but often it doesn’t work this way.

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14. Every day is another chance to start again.

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15. True leaders know how and when to do the honorable thing, not the selfish thing.

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16. Some employees might not like your style of management. If it’s fair, don’t change the essence of who you are for the minority.

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17. When you can get other people to talk with you, then work with you, it makes your job a whole lot easier.

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18. Very well intentioned people often say some pretty stupid and insensitive things, and not have an understanding of why it’s wrong.

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19. Try to come up with creative ways to educate and teach concepts that might not be easily grasped.

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20. As a leader, wouldn’t you rather have people you work with like you rather than fear or hate you?

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21. Listening always gives you a chance to get things right, and it makes the person you’re listening to feel they’re a valuable commodity.

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22. Real leaders never chastise someone for telling the truth, asking questions, or for trying to learn more so they can be better.

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23. It’s incumbent on leaders to try to alleviate as much stress and anxiety as possible from their employees during the work day.

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24. Never expect perfection from anyone. Expect good, especially from yourself, because if you can’t give it don’t expect it from anyone else.

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25. Anyone can make excuses or blame someone for not fixing things. True leaders offer solutions to try to make things better.

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26. Always say goodbye and wish the people you like and love good luck. Don’t wait to get together when a common friend is gone. You may never get another chance to tell them you love them.
 

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