Quotes from American Presidents to Inspire Great Leadership

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Quotes from American Presidents
Quotes from American Presidents

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” —Calvin Coolidge

It’s not necessarily a lack of discipline that makes a leader give up before reaching their goal: factors such as mistaking lessons to be irreversible setbacks, failing to pivot when new information becomes available and looking so closely at the competition that they lose sight of their own goals. A good leader has grit, remaining persistent and consistent.  

 

“It is not strange… to mistake change for progress” —Millard Fillmore 

Often, and particularly in the case of new management, leaders assert their control by implementing radical change. There are incredible benefits to change, including opportunities for greater growth. However, change just for the sake of it can frustrate employees and be a waste of time and money. It’s critical to think through why changes are fundamentally necessary to the progress of the company and how to lead the company through the changes.

 Quotes from American Presidents

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” —Calvin Coolidge

It’s not necessarily a lack of discipline that makes a leader give up before reaching their goal: factors such as mistaking lessons to be irreversible setbacks, failing to pivot when new information becomes available and looking so closely at the competition that they lose sight of their own goals. A good leader has grit, remaining persistent and consistent.  

 

 

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” —Theodore Roosevelt

Leadership means taking the reigns and making an attempt at succeeding in achieving goals. In Tony Uphoff’s recent conversation with Sterling Drive Ventures President and CEO Michael Araten on the Thomas Industry Update Podcast, they discuss how there is never 100% certainty in any venture yet one must make a decision on how to act based on the information at hand.

 

“Never be satisfied with less than your very best effort. If you strive for the top and miss, you’ll still beat the pack.” —Gerald Ford

Once a leader has made a decision, they must pursue it with greatness. It’s not enough to merely desire success nor enough to merely talk a big game without any action. Rather, leaders know that they must consistently push themselves and their team to reach new heights, striving not just to stay competitive but to surpass the competition and become industry leaders. Putting forth your best effort is not about working harder but about working smarter (these productivity apps may help with that).

 

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, then you are a leader.” —John Quincy Adams

Leadership isn’t about hoarding all the power or doing it all on your own. It’s recognizing your own limitations, seeking advice, and, as Araten says, hiring people who can take you to the next level. Leaders are luminaries, casting visions for their team and their clients. They surround themselves with talented, hard-working innovators, inspire them, and empower them.

 Quotes from American Presidents

“A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.” ―James Monroe 

Everyone has different motivators, and great leaders know the value of taking the time to get to know their employees and asking the questions that help them understand what personally motivates each employee. Successful motivators know that yelling at employees actually results in staff making more mistakes and putting in less effort. Rather, encouraging and praising staff increases their productivity.  

 

“It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” —Harry S. Truman

It’s not enough to praise in private. Publically praising staff is good for everyone. Successful leaders care about the cause, not the credit. Sacrificing ego, they take the blame when their leadership fails, and they give credit where it’s due. Great leaders recognize that they look smart for hiring and managing smart employees.

Quotes from American Presidents

 

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” —Calvin Coolidge

It’s not necessarily a lack of discipline that makes a leader give up before reaching their goal: factors such as mistaking lessons to be irreversible setbacks, failing to pivot when new information becomes available and looking so closely at the competition that they lose sight of their own goals. A good leader has grit, remaining persistent and consistent.  

 

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