Using Leadership Quotes Effectively.
From a very young age collecting quotes and quotations was my favorite hobby. They serve as a historical perspective on today's problems. Leadership quotes tell us what great minds thought (and did) in times of trouble (or victory). It gives us glimpse of how it felt like when you look at things when everything was rosy or when all the hell broke loose.
So what do we do with these quotes?
It is easy to grab a book of quotes, read some and say wow. But I believe there is a better use for these quotes. I have seen many leaders use this very subtly (as well as overtly) with a lot of effect. If you turn on the TV ad listen closely to any of the ell contested seats. be it congress or the presidential poll. you may being to notice how the same message is being delivered, to get a similar response, but just using a different lingo.
George Bush is known for creating many quotes. He slows down and pauses before making verbal history( or should I say History of Mockery). Most of his quotes fit well with comedy shows. In fact, there is a term for them now, Bushism. It is up to you to decide yourself if they qualify as leadership quotes or not. After almost 7 years in office, you may say one usually expects to get good at speaking. But he seem to be an exception. There is no end to is sabre rattling idiotism ( I do not if the word exists, if it did, it surely needs to be used to describe him).
Wonder why I don't like him very much. Here are a few pieces of bushism.
"I heard somebody say, 'Where's (Nelson) Mandela?' Well, Mandela's dead. Because Saddam killed all the Mandelas." --George W. Bush, on the former South African president, who is still very much alive, Washington, D.C., Sept. 20, 2007
Take a look at the blabbering idiot... no offense...
Ok I cannot take any more of those. More at Bushism.
Nevertheless, we all have come across these striking samples of human compassion, motivation and leadership. It is very easy to get emotional when you come across such quotes. Usually that feeling is a short lived one and thus rendering the quote powerless.
Leadership quotes were used in past to pass on wisdom, from father to son, from the king to heir etc. As we progress into an individualistic society where we find ourselves alone at many points, this age old wisdom can help a little.e.
My university professors used a lot of leadership quotes to show the depth of their knowledge. My 5th grade Teacher used to make us go through leadership quotes to show us what all we can be and to inspire. In your opinion, who is a better leader of the two?
My heart and mind is with my 5th grade teacher.
Let's try to find a way to use these leadership quotes more usefully than letting them go after the initial emotional feeling.
A quote is like a pearl of wisdom. It is entirely up to us to find the vision in that and implement it. Any quote which can satisfy this criterion is a leadership quote, in my opinion.
Some people think that in order to qualify as a leadership quote; it needs to have the word leader or leadership in it. That's simply absurd. Let me give you some examples. Two quotes from two well known people. Tell me which one you feel qualifies as a leadership quote?
1. "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea."
2. "Leadership is action, not position."
Which one would you pick?
A leadership Quote is like a Loaded Bullet, when fired from the correct angle, it can penetrate through the toughest of the armors.
Leadership quotes are good to use especially in speeches or communication training or even in a simple conversations where you need a different perspective. A few advantages of using leadership quotes:
1. It tells the people listening that you are well learned.
2. It also gives them a new perspective (that is what quotes are supposed to do)
3. You can use it as a filler
4. It works well as an effective transition device or as an introduction to metaphors while speaking.
One thing not to ever do: Do not pass on somebody's quote as your own. There are chances you could be caught. Don’t worry, it won't put you behind bars but, people will know that you are pretentious.
Now, let's examine some of the quotes that can make us move in new directions.
Important: This page will be changed often. So if you like something, write it down. I will try to help you get a new direction of thought or will give some examples to help you understand them better.
"Leader is best when people barely know he exists"