Posts Tagged ‘leadership’

U.S. Presidents on Leadership

October 9, 2008

In this election season, I decided to share a few quotations from U.S. Presidents about leadership itself.

Here’s the one I shared with our Powerquotes list today:

“I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because
once I have persuaded him he will stick. If I scare him, he
will stay as long as he is scared and then he is gone.”

— Dwight D. Eisenhower

And here are a couple more . . .

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only

to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

— John F. Kennedy

“I not only use all the brains that I have, but all

that I can borrow.”

— Woodrow Wilson

“Patience and perseverance have a magical

affect before which difficulties disappear and

obstacles vanish.”

— John Quincy Adams

Make sure you vote for the best Leader among the Presidential candidates, you have until October 16th to cast your vote!

Lessons on Powerful Communications from Presidential Campaign

October 7, 2008

As our election grows ever closer, I continue to watch the candidates, watching for lessons that we can apply as leaders everyday. In conversations recently with friends and colleagues I have mentioned that I believe both candidates would be better served by talking straight, even if it means acknowledging the similarities between their positions.

While we as leaders don’t find ourselves under the intense scrutiny of millions, I believe the same is true for us.

Talk to people. Tell them what you are thinking. Tell them if you aren’t sure on something. Tell them the future is complex. Let them know that you care. Acknowledge other opinions. Create opportunities for understanding.

I believe that if one of the candidates would really do this, they would gain many votes. Much more importantly for all of us as leaders is that we can and must do this.

Talking straight builds trust, confidence and understanding. We do not need to talk only in sound bites – we can explain things clearly. Talking straight – honestly and authentically is one way to communicate more powerfully.

And communicating powerfully is a hallmark skill of Remarkable Leaders.

Why Remarkable Leadership Matters

September 15, 2008

I was fortunate to be a guest on Nan Russell’s Work Matters radio show recently. That show is now available online to listen or download as a podcast.

My interview begins about half way through the show, and I believe, is one of the best I have given to date on leadership, learning what it means to be a Remarkable Leader.

I hope you will listen, and share it with others.

Remarkable Leadership and Sales

December 19, 2007

Top 10 Sales Articles vote here widget

An article I wrote earlier this year was named article of the week, and article of the month at Due to that fact,that same article, named The Power of Symbols is now in the running for Article of the Year.

You might wonder what a Leadership author is doing writing sales articles, if you are, I believe you are asking the wrong question.  The better question is what are the connections between leadership and sales.  there are certainly many, and from that perspective I hope having an article that is nominated for a best sales article award makes more sense.

Do yourself a favor and click on the graphic above or here to read 9 great articles that have been nominated. While some have a very “sales” focus, all provide great wisdom, whether about discipline, leadership, influence (and much more).  Once you visit, I hope you vote for the one that is most valuable to you.

While I hope you vote for me, you will be the real winner if you take the time to read these great articles.

Leadership Lessons From U.S. Presidents

October 17, 2007

US Presidential Seal

Some of the most visible leaders are our political leaders.  Because of this we have been conducting a survey to learn more about how people feel about the leadership qualities required of a U.S. President, and what Presidents have had which qualities.  I will be sharing some results here later, and discussing some of these findings in the media in the coming weeks, but in preparation for that, we would love your ideas.   Here is your chance to share your thoughts in our research.

Click here to take this survey.