If you’ve been following my weekly leadership tips or read my book Sparks: A Business Fable or heard me speak at a conference, chances are you’re familiar with my favorite John F. Kennedy quotation: “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
I like this as a simple reminder about the importance of continuing to learn. As leaders, we often get too busy to continue with professional development. But if we don’t keep learning, we do ourselves and our stakeholders a disservice.
John F. Kennedy and other past presidents have left us with many inspirational messages, so let’s celebrate them. Here are two Abraham Lincoln favorites you may like:
“Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.” It’s a strong message to procrastinators and let me add that, for leaders, procrastination is a slow death poison.
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” This emphasizes the importance of getting everyone in your team to pull in the same direction.
And from Franklin D. Roosevelt:
“To reach port, we must sail-not tie anchor-sail, not drift.”
“I’m not the smartest fellow in the world, but I sure can pick smart colleagues.” I’ll add this: As a leader, you will accomplish great things by surrounding yourself with the best and brightest.
Seek out inspirational quotations from past U.S. presidents that resonate with you. If you aren’t already doing so, use them to inspire yourself and others.
If you’re on Twitter, follow me @RandyGoruk as I will be tweeting various quotes from past presidents all of next week-my way of celebrating presidential leadership.