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You can’t truly lead someone unless you truly care about them first.

Insecure people have no capacity to be humble. #Humility comes from knowing who you are. – @JeremieKubicek

“Make a decision to live a daily lifestyle of personal and developmental growth.” – @JohnCMaxwell

You only go from Ordinary to Extraordinary by small differences PRACTICED DAILY!

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” – Thomas Jefferson

 

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. (Thomas Paine)

“I’m so optimist I’d go after Moby Dick in a rowboat & take tartar sauce with me” Zig Zigler

I’m “too busy” to do X is code for X is not a priority for me.

 

You are the only person in existence who can use your potential. It is an awesome responsibility.

 

You never know when a helping hand will change a person’s entire life.

 

You cannot make it as a wandering generality. You must become a meaningful specific.

 

Tact is the art of building a fire under people without making their blood boil.

 

An idea unrecorded is an idea often lost.

 

Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.

 

Quit counting time and start making time count.

 

Success is not a destination, it’s a journey – it’s the direction in which you are traveling.

 

One of the greatest disasters of our time is our universal acceptance of the word “tolerance” as a great virtue.

 

Everything that occurs teaches and prepares you for the next stage of life. Nothing is lost.

 

Inspect to make sure you get what you expect.

 

You measure success by how much good you do for others.

 

You need to consider your attitude as seriously as you would consider the largest purchase of your life

 

Top Performers anticipate change and embrace the opportunity to change.

 

Never make a promise without a plan

 

The real test in golf and in life is not in keeping it out of the rough, but in getting out after you are in.

 

Logic won’t change an emotion but action will.

 

Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.

 

Faithfulness is an attitude; it speaks of the qualities of trust, reliability, and loyalty


Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.  

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today then he was yesterday.

A man watches his pear tree, day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both the fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear, at length, falls into his lap.

 

If you would win a man to your cause first convince him that you are his sincere friend.

Nearly all men can stand adversity but if you want to test a man’s character give him power.

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

 


And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.        

Jeremie Kubicek
President & CEO, GiANT Impact

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Jeremie Kubicek is currently President & CEO of GiANT Impact based in Atlanta, GA, co-founder of GiANT Partners and other GiANT entities, and the author of Leadership is Dead: How Influence is Reviving It (a Wall Street Journal and INC. Magazine bestseller). They own and operate brands and events such as Catalyst and the Chick-fil-A Leadercast.

  • An empowering leader trains, mentors, and apprentices someone to help him or her grow.
  • To be a positive influence and a leader worth following, you must deal with your own insecurities and fears before you can empower others.
  • The combination of character and high competence leads to the outflow of trust and credibility.
  • Overpowering leadership suppresses people and prevents them from performing with enthusiasm and creativity.
  • To empower is to enable someone else to accomplish something. It is a transfer of authority.
  • To lead in the modern world, you have to focus on what the world wants and needs instead of what makes you comfortable.
  • Empowering leaders tend to be very self-aware. Their intent is to use their skills to serve and benefit others.
  • Influence is the most potent and underutilized professional resource on the planet.
  • The greatest strategy for business, success and personal fulfillment is not based upon getting all you can. Instead it is centered upon giving all you can.
  • To have true influence, you must embrace a lifestyle of giving for the benefit of others.
  •  To empower is a positive act of service for the benefit of others, and it should be the goal of every leader.
  • To have true influence, you have to move beyond the transactional approach to life and into the relational.
  • To believe is to eliminate the fear of missed expectations.
  • The eyes and heart are interrelated. What the eyes are fixed on reveals what the heart was already set on.
  • Wisdom is far better than knowledge. Wisdom is good for both they who speak it and those who hear it.

One of my all time favorite leaders is Zig Ziglar. I have read and followed Zig for nearly 30 years now. He has had a huge impact on my thinking and my life over the years. He can say more in a few well-chosen words than anyone I know, and that was before Twitter came on the scene.

One of my favorite memories is the years I got to be a member of his Sunday School class at First Baptist Church Dallas, TX. He is a great student and communicator of biblical truth as well as he is a communicator of sales and leadership lessons. He is a tremendous role model as a husband and father. He is absolutely the most enthusiastic person I have encountered. He is full of an energy and passion that is contagious and infectious.

If you have not read any of his books be sure and pick up one today and grow from the wisdom of this leader of leaders.

Here are a few of his concise lessons on life and leadership. Enjoy!

You are the only person in existence who can use your potential. It is an awesome responsibility.

You never know when a helping hand will change a person’s entire life.

Tact is the art of building a fire under people without making their blood boil.

An idea unrecorded is an idea often lost.

You cannot make it as a wandering generality. You must become a meaningful specific.

Inspect to make sure you get what you expect.

You measure success by how much good you do for others.

Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.

Quit counting time and start making time count.

Success is not a destination, it’s a journey – it’s the direction in which you are traveling.

You need to consider your attitude as seriously as you would consider the largest purchase of your life.

Top Performers anticipate change and embrace the opportunity to change.

Never make a promise without a plan.

The real test in golf and in life is not in keeping it out of the rough, but in getting out after you are in.

Logic won’t change an emotion but action will.

Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.

Faithfulness is an attitude; it speaks of the qualities of trust, reliability, and loyalty.

One of the greatest disasters of our time is our universal acceptance of the word “tolerance” as a great virtue.

Everything that occurs teaches and prepares you for the next stage of life. Nothing is lost.


  • Leading is about the relationship between the leader and the led and trust is at its core.
  • It’s not what we know before we make a decision that makes it a great decision. It’s what we do after we make a decision that makes it a great decision.
  • Servant leaders enjoy seeing others succeed and look for ways to help them.
  • The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.
  • You will never have all the information to make a decision. If you did it would be a forgone conclusion, not a decision.
  • A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion not position.
  • Life is not a dress rehearsal.
  • Life is about adventure not maintenance.
  • The entire population of the world – with one minor exception – is composed of others.
  • If you could see yourself in terms of your true potential, you wouldn’t recognize yourself.
  • As a leader you should always challenge people to move out of their comfort zone but never out of their strength zone.
  • A procrastinator puts off until tomorrow the things he has already put off until today.
  • Your attitude is either your best friend or your worst enemy, your greatest asset or your greatest liability.

  • It’s OK to lend a helping hand – the challenge is getting people to let go of it. Anonymous
  • Outstanding leaders appeal to the hearts of their followers not their minds. Anonymous
  • It’s right to be content with what you have but not with what you are. Author Unknown
  • Leading is about the relationship between the leader and the lead and trust is at its core. John Maxwell
  • To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved. George MacDonald
  • Everyone needs someone who feels really listens to him. C. Neil Strait
  • To believe is to eliminate the fear of missed expectations. Jeremie Kubicek
  • We are all faced with a series of great opportunities—brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.-John William Gardner
  • Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. Chinese Proverb
  • If you limit your actions in life to things that nobody can possibly find fault with, you will not do much.—Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
  • Our deeds still travel with us from afar, And what we have been makes us what we are. George Elliot
  • Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. Vincent van Gogh
  • To the man who only has a hammer in the tool kit, every problem looks like a nail. Abraham Maslow

Here are some of my favorite John Maxwell quotes:

  • Nobody gets anywhere in life without the help of others.
  • If you want people to be impressed talk about your successes, if you want people to identify with you talk about your failures.
  • A procrastinator puts off until tomorrow the things he has already put off until today.
  • Your attitude is either your best friend or your worst enemy, your greatest asset or your greatest liability.
  • Leadership by definition cannot be a one man show.
  • You will acquire the vices & virtues of your closest associates. The fragrance of their lives will pervade your life.
  • In the end, people are persuaded not by what we say, but by what they understand.
  • Connecting is never about me. It’s about the person with whom I am communicating.
  • A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.
  • The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.
  • A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
  • People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

 

 

Below are a selection of some of my favorite leadership quotes that I have encountered recently in books, newsletters, classes attended, podcast, blogs, twitter etc. Many times a good quote can be a catalyst to remind us of lessons learned that we need to reapply to our leadership anew or it can be a catalyst to learn something entirely new that we have never considered before. It is my hope you will find at least a couple of these an inspiration to lead your team with a new and fresh perspective today.

Enjoy!

  • Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do. Because then they will act.   Jack Welch
  • Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you have no title or position.   Brian Tracy
  • In the end, people are persuaded not by what we say, but by what they understand.   John C. Maxwell
  • Failure is success if we learn from it.   Malcolm Forbes
  • If you keep your feathers well oiled the water of criticism will run off as from a duck’s back.  Ellen HS Richards
  • Connecting is never about me. It’s about the person with whom I am communicating.   John Maxwell
  • Leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.   Stephen Covey
  • Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.   John Wooden
  • Keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.   George Bernard Shaw
  • The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.   Helen Keller
  • All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.   T.E. Lawrence
  • You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.   John Wooden
  • Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. Peter Drucker
  • We need to stop spending so much time trying to make ourselves look more interesting and start spending more time being interested.  Jim Collins
  • Leadership is a potent combination of strategy & character. But if you must be without one be without strategy. Norman Schwarzkopf.
  • Every great organization is the lengthened shadow of a single man. His character determines the character of his organization.  R W Emerson

One of my favorite speakers and authors over the years has been Zig Ziglar. I have had the privilege to hear him speak on numerous occasions over the years. Nearly twenty years ago I had the great opportunity to be a member of his Sunday School class for several years at First Baptist Church Dallas, TX. He is a wonderful student and teacher of the Bible.

He is an author of numerous books including See You At The Top.  My favorite two books of his are the autobiography,  Zig: The Autobiography of Zig Ziglar and Courtship After Marriage. The autobiography tells the wonderful story of his life and what he overcame to get where he is today. There are some great lessons about life, family, faith and perseverance. Courtship provides some great lessons on having a great marriage for a lifetime.

I have learned a lot from him over the years and here are some of my favorite quotes.

Look back in forgiveness, forward in hope, down in compassion, and up with gratitude.

  • Some people find fault like there is a reward for it.
  • If you will pump long enough, hard enough, and enthusiastically enough, sooner or later the effort will bring forth the reward.
  • We cannot build our lives around what might happen tomorrow.
  • Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission.

One of the greatest disasters of our time is our universal acceptance of the word “tolerance” as a great virtue.

  • Inspect to make sure you get what you expect.
  • The height of man’s success is determined by the depth of his belief.
  • When we do more than we are paid for, eventually we will be paid more for what we do.
  • What you do off the job is the determining factor in how far you will go on the job.

Possibly the greatest waste in life is the gap between what you are and what you could become.

  • The way you see life will largely determine what you will get out of it.
  • The next time you encounter a difficult obstacle or problem, you should smile and say, “Here’s my chance to grow.”
  • “Success is not a destination, it’s a journey – it’s the direction in which you are traveling.”

If you found any of these inspirational pick up one of his many books and follow his son on twitter  @tomziglar to see more of Zig’s wisdom and insight into great leadership.