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Lives of great men remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, US poet (1807-1882)
Leaders get out in front and stay there by raising the standards by which they judge themselves – and by which they are willing to be judged.
Frederick Smith, British politician (1872-1930)
The core leadership strategy is simple: be a model. Commit yourself to your own personal mastery. Talking about personal mastery may open people’s minds somewhat, but actions always speak louder than words. There’s nothing more powerful you can do to encourage others in their quest for personal mastery than to be serious in your own quest.
Peter Senge, US management author, presenter (b. 1947)
Become a role model. Like a good doctor, keep learning. Demonstrate that you are a synthesiser, or better yet a humaniser, rather than merely an analyser or energiser by participating in the interactive dialogue and defining part of your work as the development of people and teams.
Michael Maccoby, US management author, psychologist (b. 1933)
If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.
Confucius, Chinese philosopher, teacher (551-479 BC)
Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.
Warren Bennis, US academic, management author (b. 1925)
People have more need for models than for critics.
Scott Simmerman, US management consultant (b. 1948)
Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known as Mark Twain, US author (1835-1910)