Values are the guiding principles and leadership occurs within the context of core values. A lot has been written about developing and practicing effective leadership skills. However, there are common fundamental values that are the basis of what makes good leadership.
The unique individuals who took the business world by storm and became household names did not do so overnight. We can all benefit by applying the wisdom shed by entrepreneurial minds to our daily lives. Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of quotes by some of the greatest entrepreneurs of our day to inspire and empower as you tackle your career and confront new challenges.
“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” - Scott Belsky
Be proactive. An idea with no action is just an idea. It is important to make the initiative and do something about it — intelligently and efficiently. An idea might look good on paper but the execution can reveal difficulties previously unimagined.
“Watch, listen and learn. You can’t know it all yourself. Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity.” - Donald Trump, President of the U.S.
Know how to listen. This ability is an underrated quality that can push you further than you ever imagined. Speaking less and listening more is a valuable step toward becoming a better businessperson. Understanding all that can be gained by embracing insight and experience shared by others can fuel your imagination and help you grow.
“Fail often so you can succeed sooner.” - Tom Kelley, IDEO partner.
Embrace failure. There is no successful person that hasn’t confronted shortcomings. Those that let failure teach them versus letting it destroy them are more likely for self-improvement and ultimately succeed in their merits.
“The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that’s changing quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” -Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook
Take risks. Without taking leaps of faith toward your goals, you’ll never know what could have been. Unthinkable opportunities can be revealed as a result of making seemingly risky decisions.
“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” -Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. President
Learn to communicate effectively. The more you communicate your ideas with people, the more real and clear your objectives are. Building a strong network and surrounding yourself with people who you trust and admire can make a huge difference in your level of success.
“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.”
– Jack Welch, Former CEO of GE
Start to set goals. Goal setting can help us stay focused and inspire us to find practical solutions in order to achieve them. Setting small goals in order to reach a larger, long-term goal can be a powerful move because it can give your work a clearly identifiable purpose.
“For every sale you miss because you’re too enthusiastic, you will miss a hundred because you’re not enthusiastic enough.” – Zig Ziglar
Be enthusiastic. Not only can a positive attitude be transmitted to others who you encounter, but it also keeps you motivated and focused on your mission. If you are engaged in what you do and believe in yourself, nothing can stop you.
“Always deliver more than expected.” – Larry Page, Google co-founder
Deliver quality work. If you do things halfheartedly, it’ll be transparent to those you delivered to. Those who try their best in whatever task is presented to them are more likely to have credible and respectable reputations.
Keeping these tips in mind can help you feel inspired and further your career beyond what you thought was possible. Remembering to seize opportunities, embrace criticism and be confident in your vision. After all, if you don’t believe in yourself, no one will.
By: Kimberly Milani