Great Leaders Focus on Both Leading People and Leading For Results
Great leaders drive results by focusing on four skills and behaviors:
- Communicating as a leader.
- Ensuring individual and team accountability.
- Developing clear and concise strategy statements.
- Leveraging cross-functional and cross-cultural collaboration.
This is addition to placing high leadership focus on leading employee engagement, as discussed in the last post.
One of my core leadership beliefs is that leaders can be found at all levels of an organization. Leadership is not something confined to the upper ranks or management or the top tiers of an organization chart. I also believe that great leaders are strong in both leading people and leading for results, while good leaders typically lead only one or the other.
Here are eight of my favorite quotations on leading for results, excerpted from our recent book Great Leadership Words of Wisdom. I hope these quotes stimulate your own thinking on how you can focus on both leading people and leading for results:
It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement. Isocrates
Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. There’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them. Jim Rohn
The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move. John Wooden
Perhaps the very best question that you can memorize and repeat, over and over, is: “what is the most valuable use of my time right now? Brian Tracy
Done is better than perfect. Sheryl Sandberg
Remember that failure is an event, not a person. Zig Ziglar
Don’t confuse progress with winning. Mary Barra
Talk doesn’t cook rice. Chinese Proverb
(You’ll find over 1000 quotations on great leadership from global business leaders, statesmen, athletes, coaches, sages, and philosophers in my recent book Great Leadership Words of Wisdom, available in paperback and Kindle formats at Amazon.)
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