Inspirational Quotes from 2014’s Best Business Books

There is no better way to start the New Year than with a little inspiration!

So, pulled a few excerpts from their favorite business books of 2014 that talk about leadership. Here is our top five:

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From Simon Sinek’s Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t:

“And when a leader embraces their responsibility to care for people instead of caring for numbers, then people will follow, solve problems and see to it that that leader’s vision comes to life the right way, a stable way and not the expedient way.”

From Denise Brosseau’s Ready to Be a Thought Leader: How to Increase Your Influence, Impact, and Success:

“A few years ago, two former business school professors of mine … did an informal study of my Stanford MBA classmates to discern what factors were the most influential in determining which students would ‘make it’ and which would not. …After eliminating many different factors, they landed on resilience as the one defining skill and behavior that allowed some to stand out from the rest. After all, it wasn’t that none of us face that adversity–we all did. But some were able to pick themselves up and brush themselves off and move on, while others were not.”

From John P. Kotter’s Accelerate: Building Strategic Agility for a Faster-Moving World:

“Leadership is about setting a direction. It’s about creating a vision, empowering and inspiring people to want to achieve the vision, and enabling them to do so with energy and speed through an effective strategy. In its most basic sense, leadership is about mobilizing a group of people to jump into a better future.”

From Mike Myatt’s Hacking Leadership: The 11 Gaps Every Business Needs to Close and the Secrets to Closing Them Quickly:

“Most successful people have little interest in listening to those individuals who cannot add value to a situation or topic but force themselves into a conversation just to hear themselves speak. Good communicators address both the what and how aspects of messaging so they don’t fall prey to becoming the smooth talker who leaves people with the impression of form over substance.”

From Stewart D. Friedman’s Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life:

“To increase your chances of moving toward your ideal self, challenge any self-defeating thoughts. Keep in mind your past accomplishments, candidly assess what has stopped you from achieving goals, as well as your personal beliefs about your abilities. Consider relevant feedback from others about what you have achieved and what your potential is. This helps increase your sense of hopefulness, which research has shown is critical in imagining and realizing the ideal self.”

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