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If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.
Dolly Parton
Those who mistrust their own abilities are being too wicked to themselves, discouraging themselves from doing what they should have been excelling in. If you are good at discouraging yourself, you can't be a good leader because leadership is built on inspiring others to face challenges.
Israelmore Ayivor
Teach them the quiet verbs of kindness, to live beyond themselves. Urge them toward excellence, drive them toward gentleness, pull them deep into yourself, pull them upward toward manhood, but softly like an angel arranging clouds. Let your spirit move through them softly.
Pat Conroy (The Prince of Tides)
It had become usual to give Napoleon the Credit for every Successful achievement and every stroke of good fortune. You would often hear one hen remark to another, “Under the guidance of our leader, Comrade Napoleon, I have laid five eggs in six days” or two cows, enjoying a drink at the pool, would exclaim, “thanks to the leadership of Comrade Napoleon, how excellent this water tastes!”...
George Orwell (Animal Farm)
If a man is known by the company he keeps, so also his character is reflected in the books he reads.
J. Oswald Sanders (Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence for Every Believer)
Do you know great minds enjoy excellence, average minds love mediocrity and small minds adore comfort zones?
Onyi Anyado
The race for excellence has no finish line.
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (رؤيتي)
Tweet others the way you want to be tweeted.
Germany Kent (You Are What You Tweet: Harness the Power of Twitter to Create a Happier, Healthier Life)
When you walk in silence your excellence will always speak for you.
Onyi Anyado
Passionate people are always ready to stand for their dreams even if no one stand with them. They vote and vote alone for their dreams but never loss their nomination for excellent leadership!
Israelmore Ayivor (The Great Hand Book of Quotes)
So many people think that they are not gifted because they don’t have an obvious talent that people can recognize because it doesn’t fall under the creative arts category—writing, dancing, music, acting, art or singing. Sadly, they let their real talents go undeveloped, while they chase after fame. I am grateful for the people with obscure unremarked talents because they make our lives easier---inventors, organizers, planners, peacemakers, communicators, activists, scientists, and so forth. However, there is one gift that trumps all other talents—being an excellent parent. If you can successfully raise a child in this day in age to have integrity then you have left a legacy that future generations will benefit from.
Shannon L. Alder
When you walk in distinction, even the photocopying machine can’t replicate your unique quality.
Onyi Anyado
Dare to courageous in life. You have nothing to lose.
Lailah Gifty Akita
Ego can’t sleep. It micro-manages. It disempowers. It reduces our capability. It excels in control.
Robert K. Greenleaf (Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness)
What the average call excellent, the excellent call average.
Onyi Anyado
companies should focus on one of three value disciplines: operational excellence, product leadership, or customer intimacy.
Alexander Osterwalder (Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers (The Strategyzer Series 1))
Yes, content is king but excellence is his queen. ~ Onyi Anyado.
Onyi Anyado
Today's Arab crisis is not one of money, men, morale, land or resources ... The real crisis is rather one of leadership, management and perennial egotism.
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (My Vision Challenges In The Race For Excellence)
True leaders are willing to die for their dreams. They don't oppress with ignorance; they impress with visions". They live like Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela...
Israelmore Ayivor
Learn to master your thoughts and watch closely what you deposit into your spirit. Speak over your life. Living in peace has transformative power.
Germany Kent
If a Christian is not willing to rise early and work late, to expend greater effort in diligent study and faithful work, that person will not change a generation. Fatigue is the price of leadership. Mediocrity is the result of never getting tired.
J. Oswald Sanders (Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence For Every Believer (Sanders Spiritual Growth Series))
Directing attention toward where it needs to go is a primal task of leadership.
Daniel Goleman (Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence)
If you don’t value excellence, you won’t achieve excellence.
Glenn C. Stewart
If someone does a Great job or provide excellent service, make sure to recognize and reward them! If someone wrote a book you enjoy, tell them. If you want people to put out their best and to strive for excellence, encourage and support them. - Strong by Kailin Gow on Leadership
Kailin Gow
If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.
Oren Harari (The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell)
If you as a leader allow people to halfway do their jobs and don’t demand excellence as a prerequisite to keeping their job, you will create a culture of mediocrity.
Dave Ramsey (EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches)
Your need to feel significant will never be met, until you can conquer your fear and manage your focus.
Shannon L. Alder
Good leadership puts the interests of the community as a whole before those of any specific group. Credibility of leadership can only be established through action and not words.
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (My Vision Challenges In The Race For Excellence)
In a world full of daisies dare to be a rose.
Matshona Dhliwayo
We must be the ones to re-define the world class standards of excellence
Fela Durotoye
EQ is so critical to success that it accounts for 58 percent of performance in all types of jobs. It’s the single biggest predictor of performance in the workplace and the strongest driver of leadership and personal excellence.
Travis Bradberry (Emotional Intelligence 2.0)
good leadership can help creative people stay on the path to excellence no matter what business they’re in.
Ed Catmull (Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration)
If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before.
J. Loren Norris
What matters more than where you are is the direction you are heading.
Cameron C. Taylor (Does Your Bag Have Holes?: 24 Truths That Lead to Financial and Spiritual Freedom)
One thing is undeniably clear. We have all had bad experiences, we have all had tragedies in our lives which help to shape who we are.
J. Loren Norris
Leadership is bringing people into new realms of excellence and challenging them to become distinguished in their chosen field.
Onyi Anyado
Do what you love and love what you do, with excellence.
Onyi Anyado
Anyaele Sam Chiyson Leadership Law of Influence: It takes an influential leader to excellently raise up leaders of influence.
Anyaele Sam Chiyson (The Sagacity of Sage)
Have an attitude of positive expectation.
Germany Kent
Do what no one else can do and you will become what no one else can become.
Matshona Dhliwayo
We weren't born to create excuses, we were born to create excellence.
Janna Cachola
Humility is a most excellent barometer," he said, "and ought to be looked for in all those we are made to look up to.
Alan Bradley (The Golden Tresses of the Dead (Flavia de Luce, #10))
The call of distinction cannot be heard by the average, neither can the vision of distinction be seen by the eyes of the mediocre.
Onyi Anyado
If you pair excellence with humility, people not only won’t run over you, they will respect you.
John C. Maxwell (Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: Your Foundation for Successful Leadership)
A visionary is a leader of excellence who sees what others do not see, who achieves for now and plans for the future, who positively impacts different generations and raises up other visionaries.
Onyi Anyado
The present representative of the Dedlocks is an excellent master. He supposes all his dependents to be utterly bereft of individual characters, intentions, or opinions, and is persuaded that he was born to supersede the necessity of their having any. If he were to make a discovery to the contrary, he would be simply stunned — would never recover himself, most likely, except to gasp and die.
Charles Dickens (Bleak House)
Okay, here’s a cheat I learned in a leadership seminar. It’s called active listening. Someone says something, a complaint, or a criticism, or they’re excited about something that happened to them. For a lot of us, our instinct is to offer a solution, or expand on an idea, to fix or offer something. The key is to think about how they’re feeling, be receptive to that, and parrot it back to them. They just got a new car, and they’re happy about it? A simple ‘that’s excellent’ or ‘you must be so proud’ works. It leaves room for them to keep talking, to know you’re listening. For your teammate who just lost someone she obviously cared about, just recognizing that she’s upset and she’s right to feel upset, that’s enough.
Wildbow (Worm (Parahumans, #1))
One reason why people are unable to understand great Christian classics is that they are trying to understand without any intention of obeying them.
J. Oswald Sanders (Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence For Every Believer (Sanders Spiritual Growth Series))
The secular mind and heart, however gifted and personally charming, has no place in the leadership of the church.
J. Oswald Sanders (Spiritual Leadership: A Commitment to Excellence for Every Believer (Sanders Spiritual Growth Series))
Your comfort zone is not that comfortable.
Onyi Anyado
Serving my generation with excellence will in turn mean my generation can lead with excellence.
Onyi Anyado
Talent silences your competition; genius deafens them.
Matshona Dhliwayo
Leaders must draw the best out of people, and friendship does that far better than prolonged argument or mere logic.
J. Oswald Sanders (Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence For Every Believer (Sanders Spiritual Growth Series))
Leaders do not conform; they reform. If you conform, you are nurturing mediocrity. If you reform, you are breeding change.
Israelmore Ayivor (Leaders' Ladder)
Christ manifests his divine leadership in your sincere followership. Christ's followers become true leaders because Christ is the model of true leadership.
Israelmore Ayivor
No experience of the failure of his policy could shake his belief in its essential excellence.
Babara Tuchman
Excellence comes when we balance quality with quantity.
Amit Ray (Mindfulness Meditation for Corporate Leadership and Management)
Do you know invisible determination and effort will always accomplish visible distinction and excellence?
Onyi Anyado
Don’t mistake activity for achievement. To produce results, tasks must be well organized and properly executed; otherwise, it’s no different from children running around the playground—everybody is doing something, but nothing is being done; lots of activity, no achievement.
John Wooden (Coach Wooden's Leadership Game Plan for Success: 12 Lessons for Extraordinary Performance and Personal Excellence)
good leadership means leading the way, not hectoring other people to do things your way. Bullying, bickering and competing for dominance are, event in a low-risk situation, excellent ways to destroy morale and diminish productivity.
Chris Hadfield (An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth)
A person with low standards will forever be walking. A person with high standard will soon stop walking and start running. Later, they’ll soon stop running and start galloping. The next time you see him, he’s either flying or soaring.
Israelmore Ayivor (Leaders' Ladder)
Core values serve as a lighthouse when the fog of life seems to leave you wandering in circles; when you encounter that moment where every decision is a tough one and no choice seems to clearly be the better choice.
J. Loren Norris
We have to change the culture from one in which people simply do their own job in their own function to make their own numbers look good (a vertical focus) to one in which people are focused horizontally on the customer and on improving value streams that deliver value across functions.
Jeffrey K. Liker (The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership: Achieving and Sustaining Excellence Through Leadership Development)
We must humble ourselves before [others] so we may learn from what others have lived. It is only when we have added their expertise to our own that we can truly excel towards our most ambitious goals and reach our fullest potential.
A.J. Darkholme (Rise of the Morningstar (The Morningstar Chronicles, #1))
When it comes to leaders we have, if anything, a superabundance—hundreds of Pied Pipers…ready and anxious to lead the population. They are scurrying around, collecting consensus, gathering as wide an acceptance as possible. But what they are not doing, very notably, is standing still and saying, ' This is what I believe. This I will do and that I will not do. This is my code of behavior and that is outside it. This is excellent and that is trash.' There is an abdication of moral leadership in the sense of a general unwillingness to state standards….Of all the ills that our poor…society is heir to, the focal one, it seems to me, from which so much of our uneasiness and confusion derive, is the absence of standards. We are too unsure of ourselves to assert them, to stick by them, if necessary in the case of persons who occupy positions of authority, to impose them. We seem to be afflicted by a widespread and eroding reluctance to take any stand on any values, moral, behavioral or esthetic.
Barbara W. Tuchman
Serving my generation with excellence will mean my generation can in turn lead with excellence.
Onyi Anyado
An entrepreneur is a leader of excellence, trailblazer and pioneer who constantly brings change to their generation.
Onyi Anyado
Entrepreneur, if you're going to start up, make sure you start up with excellence in mind
Onyi Anyado
Writing and achieving your goals is not failure, not having a goal to write in the first place is the start of failure.
Onyi Anyado
If records refuse to be broken, shatter them.
Matshona Dhliwayo
The act of deeply thinking through problems, energizing people, and aligning them toward a common goal is the only way to practice and develop real leadership ability.
Jeffrey K. Liker (The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership: Achieving and Sustaining Excellence Through Leadership Development)
People who swim very well in troubled waters are respected and celebrated than those who swim excellently in calm waters.
Israelmore Ayivor (Leaders' Frontpage: Leadership Insights from 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Thoughts)
Difficulties are God’s curriculum for those who want to excel.
Samuel R. Chand (Leadership Pain: The Classroom for Growth)
A leader who sows confidence will reap excellency and legacy. A leader who sows fear will reap stagnancy or complacency.
Israelmore Ayivor (Leaders' Ladder)
You have to grab the goal, visualise your vision, excel in excellence and then become distinct in distinction.
Onyi Anyado
Leaders motivate people to understand that they can do better than they’ve already done and go farther than they’ve reached.
Israelmore Ayivor (Leaders' Ladder)
It's excellence in leadership when everyone wants to manufacture a black shoe and you manufacture a designer black shoe with gold medal on top. Do something new; do something better!
Israelmore Ayivor
Define excellence vividly, quantitatively. Paint a picture for your most talented employees of what excellence looks like. Keep everyone pushing and pushing toward the right-hand edge of the bell curve.
Marcus Buckingham
Be not professional in what you do, rather be excellent. Excellence has life in it - it has colors in it - it has sweetness in it - whereas professionalism is a dead corpse exuding the disgusting smell of obedience. Excellence requires no obedience, yet in excellence you act your best, without all the life-sucking efforts.
Abhijit Naskar (Time to Save Medicine)
Why live my personal values at work? This is an excellent question to ask. If your attorneys are planning an insanity defense.
Stan Slap
The price of excellence in teamwork is eternal vigilance
John Adair (Develop Your Leadership Skills (Creating Success))
Start local, think global & constantly raise the bar of excellence.
Onyi Anyado
Get excellence or live average.
Onyi Anyado
A goal is not just an object on a pitch; it is also a milestone on your journey of excellence.
Onyi Anyado
Data has no ego and makes an excellent co-pilot.
Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
A true leader does not derive power from his position, but from his ethics, from people’s love for him, and from his knowledge, education and excellence in his field of work.
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Flashes of Thought)
Serving my generation with excellence will mean in turn, my generation can lead with excellence.
Onyi Anyado
My role as a role model is to teach my generation how to excel in the role of distinction.
Onyi Anyado
You become like that, what you admire most. By admiring excellence and practicing, it can boost you to become excellent.
Mark LaMoure
The sweeper of the street is a leader in his own respect provided he does his job well with all love, diligence and attention than anyone would do when given the same broom sticks.
Israelmore Ayivor (Leaders' Watchwords)
Look Fabian, the world is full of sheep, don’t settle for being a sheep, even if you do reside over those creatures, act more like a Ram.
T.A. Uner (Stone Ram (Leopard King Saga, #1.3))
Breaking from the herd is better than getting lost in it.
Matshona Dhliwayo
What do the people closest to you value? Make a list of the most important people in your life-from home, work, church, hobbies, and so on. After making the list, write what each person values most. Then rate yourself on a scale of 1 (poorly) to 10 (excellently) on how well you relate to that person's values. If you can't articulate what someone values or you score lower than an 8 in relating to that person, spend more time with him or her to improve.
John C. Maxwell (The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You)
Bob Iger, Disney's chief operating officer, had to step in and do damage control. He was as sensible and solid as those around him were volatile. His background was in television; he had been president of the ABC network, which was acquired in 1996 by Disney. His reputation was as an corporate suit, and he excelled at deft management, but he also had a sharp eye for talent, a good-humored ability to understand people, and a quiet flair that he was secure enough to keep muted. Unlike Eisner and Jobs, he had a disciplined calm, which helped him deal with large egos. " Steve did some grandstanding by announcing that he was ending talks with us," Iger later recalled. " We went into crisis mode and I developed some talking points to settle things down.
Walter Isaacson (Steve Jobs)
Of the various qualities of leadership, women were rated far, far ahead of men on being “honest,” “intelligent,” “compassionate,” “outgoing,” and “creative,” and were considered just as “hardworking” and “ambitious” as men. Men were perceived as excelling only in being “decisive.”1 The preference for men as leaders, then, suggests that the frame for respondents emphasized the role of decisiveness in leadership.
Linda Tarr-Whelan (Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World)
In (hyper-loyal) cultures, loyalty is so highly prized that it covers a multitude of leadership sins. I’ve seen numerous bad leaders cover their ineptitude by stressing the importance of loyalty over competence. They teach that loyalty is more important than excellence and they use that idea to distract the team from their own inability to perform.
Phil Cooke
Where there is no rest there is energy. Where there is no disruption there is normality. Where there is no profit there is bankruptcy. Where there is no gain there is insolvency. Where there is no injury there is safety. Where there is no team there is individuality. Where there is no hindrance there is opportunity. Where there is no injury there is safety. Where there is no sense there is inefficiency. Where there is no failiure there is competency. Where there is no decline there is industry. Where there is no strength there is infirmity. Where there is no idleness there is activity. Where there is no weakness there is intensity. Where there is no failiure there is industry. Where there is no leadership there is anarchy. Where there is no repetition there is originality. Where there is no increase there is deficiency. Where there is no ignorance there is capacity. Where there is no impotence there is ability. Where there is no falseness there is authenticity. Where there is no excellence there is mediocrity. Where there is no mistake there is quality. Where there is no amatuer there is ingenuity. Where there is no error there is mastery. Where there is no defect there is virtuosity.
Matshona Dhliwayo
The clever seek comfort, the wise seek peace. The clever seek pleasure, the wise seek contentment. The clever seek riches, the wise seek happiness. The clever seek laughter, the wise seek joy. The clever seek company, the wise seek comrades. The clever seek crowds, the wise seek friends. The clever seek approval, the wise seek respect. The clever seek fame, the wise seek reverence. The clever seek acquaintances, the wise seek allies. The clever seek accomplices, the wise seek helpers. The clever seek associates, the wise seek partners. The clever seek connections, the wise seek mentors. The clever seek accolades, the wise seek excellence. The clever seek recognition, the wise seek awards. The clever seek prominence, the wise seek followers. The clever seek leadership, the wise seek impact. The clever seek power, the wise seek influence. The clever seek titles, the wise seek respect. The clever seek fame, the wise seek dignity. The clever seek glory, the wise seek integrity. The clever seek wants, the wise seek needs. The clever seek luxury, the wise seek convenience. The clever seek enjoyment, the wise seek fulfillment. The clever seek entertainment, the wise seek rest. The clever seek style, the wise seek grace. The clever seek brains, the wise seek heart. The clever seek appearance, the wise seek etiquette. The clever seek beauty, the wise seek honesty. The clever seek opinions, the wise seek facts. The clever seek truth, the wise seek knowledge. The clever seek ideas, the wise seek wisdom. The clever seek adventure, the wise seek discovery. The clever seek questions, the wise seek answers. The clever seek problems, the wise seek solutions. The clever seek amusement, the wise seek books. The clever seek an education, the wise seek enlightenment.
Matshona Dhliwayo
Mental toughness is the ability to focus on and execute solutions, especially in the face of adversity. Greatness rarely happens on accident. If you want to achieve excellence, you will have to act like you really want it. How? Quite simply: by dedicating time and energy into consistently doing what needs to be done. Excuses are the antithesis of accountability. Important decisions aren’t supposed to be easy, but don’t let that stop you from making them. When it comes to decisions, decide to always decide. The second we stop growing, we start dying. Stagnation easily morphs into laziness, and once a person stops trying to grow and improve, he or she is nothing more than mediocre. Develop the no-excuse mentality. Do not let anything interrupt those tasks that are most critical for growth in the important areas of your life. Find a way, no matter what, to prioritize your daily process goals, even when you have a viable excuse to justify not doing it. “If you don’t evaluate yourself, how in the heck are you ever going to know what you are doing well and what you need to improve? Those who are most successful evaluate themselves daily. Daily evaluation is the key to daily success, and daily success is the key to success in life. If you want to achieve greatness, push yourself to the limits of your potential by continuously looking for improvements. Within 60 seconds, replace all problem-focused thought with solution-focused thinking. When people focus on problems, their problems actually grow and reproduce. When you train your mind to focus on solutions, guess what expands? Talking about your problems will lead to more problems, not to solutions. If you want solutions, start thinking and talking about your solutions. Believe that every problem, no matter how large, has at the very least a +1 solution, you will find it easier to stay on the solution side of the chalkboard. When you set your mind to do something, find a way to get it done…no matter what! If you come up short on your discipline, keep fighting, kicking, and scratching to improve. Find the nearest mirror and look yourself in the eye while you tell yourself, “There is no excuse, and this will not happen again.” Get outside help if needed, but never, ever give up on being disciplined. Greatness will not magically appear in your life without significant accountability, focus, and optimism on your part. Are you ready to commit fully to turning your potential into a leadership performance that will propel you to greatness. Mental toughness is understanding that the only true obstacles in life are self-imposed. You always have the choice to stay down or rise above. In truth, the only real obstacles to your ultimate success will come from within yourself and fall into one of the following three categories: apathy, laziness and fear. Laziness breeds more laziness. When you start the day by sleeping past the alarm or cutting corners in the morning, you’re more likely to continue that slothful attitude later in the day.
Jason Selk (Executive Toughness: The Mental-Training Program to Increase Your Leadership Performance)
Sir, you do understand that - officially - I'm not actually a centurion. I haven't even been assigned to a legion yet.' The general continued writing as he spoke. 'What was the name?' 'Corbulo, sir.' 'Corbulo, you have an officer's tunic and an officer's helmet; and you completed full officer training did you not?' Cassius nodded. He could easily recall every accursed test and drill. Though he'd excelled in the cerebral disciplines and somehow survived the endless marches and swims, he had rated poorly with sword in hand and had been repeatedly described as "lacking natural leadership ability." The academy's senior centurion had seemed quite relieved when the letter from the Service arrived. 'I did, sir, but it was felt I would be more suited to intelligence work than the legions, I really would prefer -' 'And you did take an oath? To Rome, the Army and the Emperor?' 'I did, sir, and of course I am happy to serve but -' The General finished the orders. He rolled the sheet up roughly and handed it to Cassius. 'Dismissed.' 'Yes, sir. Sorry, sir. I just have one final question.' The General was on his way back to his chair. He turned around and fixed Cassius with an impatient stare. 'Sir - how should I present myself to the troops? In terms of rank I mean.' 'They will assume you are a centurion, and I can see no practical reason whatsoever to disabuse them of that view.
Nick Brown (The Siege (Agent of Rome #1))