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My Favorite Leadership Quotes

In Eric Jacobson Leadership, Eric Jacobson On Corporate Culture, Eric Jacobson On Leadership, Leadership Quotes on January 18, 2014 at 7:33 am

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These quotes truly inspire me:

“The three common characteristics of best companies — they care, they have fun, they have high performance expectations.” — Brad Hams 

“The one thing that’s common to all successful people: They make a habit of doing things that unsuccessful people don’t like to do.” — Michael Phelps 

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” — Harry S. Truman 

“The leader of the past was a person who knew how to tell. The leader of the future will be a person who knows how to ask.” — Peter Drucker 

“Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower 

“Good leadership isn’t about advancing yourself.  It’s about advancing your team.” — John C. Maxwell 

“People buy into the leader, then the vision.” — John C. Maxwell 

“Great leaders have courage, tenacity and patience.” — Bill McBean 

“People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.” — Paulo Coelho 

“We live in a time where brands are people and people are brands.” — Brian Solis 

“In real life, the most practical advice for leaders is not to treat pawns like pawns, nor princes like princes, but all persons like persons.” — James MacGregor Burns 

“The only source of knowledge is experience.” — Albert Einstein 

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” — Auguste Rodin 

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” — Maria Robinson 

“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” — Arnold H. Glasgow 

“I praise loudly, I blame softly.” — Catherine II of Russia 

“Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.” — Mohandas Gandhi 

“A long dispute means that both parties are wrong.” — Voltaire 

“The least questioned assumptions are often the most questionable.” — Paul Broca 

“One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” — Arnold Glasow 

“Managers assert drive and control to get things done; leaders pause to discover new ways of being and achieving .”– Kevin Cashman 

“It doesn’t matter where you’re coming from. All that matters is where you are going to.” — Stephen Covey 

“Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.” — Samuel Johnson 

“Strength doesn’t come from what we can do. It comes from overcoming what we once thought we couldn’t.” — Rikki Roberts 

“The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.” — Alfred North Whitehead 

“The most powerful predictable people builders are praise and encouragement.” — Brian Tracy 

“Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon them and to let them know that and trust them.” — Booker T. Washington 

“Ask because you want to know. Listen because you want to grow.” — Mark Scharenbroich 

“If you want execution, hail only success. If you want creativity, hail risk, and remain neutral about success.” — Marcus Buckingham 

“To get the best coaching outcomes, always have your 1-on-1’s on your employee’s turf not yours. In your office the truth hides.” — Marcus Buckingham 

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” — Alan Kay 

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson 

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” — Winston Churchill 

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” — Bill Cosby 

“The greatest accomplishment is not in never failing, but in rising again after you fall.” — Vince Lombardi

Must-Ask Questions For Exit Interviews

In Eric Jacobson Leadership, Exit Interviews on January 18, 2014 at 7:30 am

As a leader, it’s critical that you understand the real reasons employees leave your company. To do that, you need to ask specific questions that may not be ones you currently include in your exit interviews.

Fortunately, Richard Finnegan, shares in his book, Rethinking Retention in Good Times and Badfour key questions you should include in your exit interviews:

  1. Why did you decide to leave us?
  2. Of all the things you’ve told me, what is the top thing that caused you to resign?
  3. It’s great that you’ve found such a good opportunity, but why did you look?
  4. What one thing could we have done that would have caused you to stay?

Your goal is to learn the most important leave reason rather than learn which three or five things contributed to your employee’s decision to leave. The four questions above will help you learn the most important reason.

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