Quotes for the Week ( WEAK ? ) 8-1-11

From a wonderful collection by Kevin Linebaugh

  “People need to know and understand your values if their behavior is to be guided by them. If there is a disconnect between your values and everyone’s clear understanding of them, confusion and misbehavior will define your leadership.”- Michael McKinney www.LeadershipNow.com 

“To lead people, walk beside them … As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate … When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!'” —Lao-Tsu

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worst when they despise him. But of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, ‘We did this ourselves.'” —Lao-Tsu

(These first two quotes are quite similar. But the subtle difference in wording was such I decided to post both. Incidentally, the duo also suggest that the basics of leadership are invariant from millennium to millennium—I could teach an entire leadership course, circa 2011, around this/these quotes alone.)-Lao-Tsu

“The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” —Alvin Toffler

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” —Henry David Thoreau

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” —Leo Tolstoy

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.” —Mark Twain

“Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.” —William Makepeace Thackeray

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