There are many different types of leaders and leadership styles, but the ability to inspire others to achieve individual success is common among the best of the best.
Mentoring others to develop and achieve their personal and business goals has been a focus throughout my career. It is also the entrepreneurial philosophy at the heart of many of the businesses I have set up and/or been involved in.
As I look at my own leadership role for 2018, these five quotes have really resonated with me because they remind me that leadership is a balancing act, that mistakes are part of the road to success, and that guiding the way is not just about talking, but is also rooted in being able to listen and learn.
Arianna Huffington, founder and editor of HuffPost: “We need to accept that we don’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes. Understand that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.”
Winston Churchill, UK Prime Minister, 1940-45 and 1951-55: “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
Steve Jobs, co-founder Apple Inc.: “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.”
Jim Rohn, entrepreneur and public speaker: “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humour, but without folly.”
Hillary Clinton, American politician and former First Lady of the United States: “Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.”