Quotes To Lead By

Logo1I liked Margaret Thatcher as a leader. I also liked many of the things she reportedly said.

Here are my top two favorite Margaret Thatcher quotes:

1. “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”

Translation … there’s no need to flaunt your title or your position … if you’re any good at leading, anyone interested will figure out that you’re the boss.

2. “If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.”

Translation … don’t worry about being liked. Worry about doing the right thing for the right reason. Work towards earning respect and trust, then likeability becomes a by-product.

Good stuff – thank you Ms. Thatcher.

My leadership tip this week is to encourage you to lead in the spirit of these two quotes.

As you do, think about this:

1. Great leaders stand out from the crowd because of what they accomplish

2. Regardless of how great a leader you are, not everyone is going to like you

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