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14 Quotes on the Impact of Leadership and Innovation

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Leadership and innovation work together in different ways.  Innovative methods can be used to create better leaders who understand the difference between leading and managing.  Innovation can also enable individuals to lead in their field and companies to lead the edge in their industry. Leaders use innovation to accomplish goals and bring their vision to life.

Here are 14 quotes on the impact of leadership and innovation:

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” ~Rosalynn Carter

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” ~Steve Jobs

“A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.” ~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” ~Max Lucado

“Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” ~John D. Rockefeller

“I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” ~Ralph Nader

“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” ~Douglas MacArthur

“All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.” ~John Kenneth Galbraith

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” ~Bill Gates

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” ~Jack Welch

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ~John Quincy Adams

“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” ~John C. Maxwell

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” ~Woodrow Wilson

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Global Entrepreneurship Week Ignites and Promotes the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Global Entrepreneurial Week was celebrated the week of November 18 – 24 across the United States and around the world.  It was launched in 2008 to promote innovation and entrepreneurship around the world and with over 100 countries participating to-date.  The purpose of the world’s largest celebration of its kind is to celebrate the spirit of innovators and job creators who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, and drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

Here are some stories about the reach of this year’s event from different parts of the world:

 

South Florida Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week

In South Florida, various events during Global Entrepreneurship Week brought together entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and others.  Participants enjoyed success stories from panelists,  insight from executives representing companies such as Facebook and Netflix, and had the opportunity to participate in an elevator pitch contest.  Read more here.

Conversations about the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Government

Global Entrepreneurship Week also brought the conversation about incorporating the entrepreneurial spirit in government.  Namely, “the panel discussed innovation in government, the importance of having a strategy, acquiring and using key resources, and the interactions between government and business.” Read more here.

Nurturing the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Jamaica

The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) actively took the notion that big ideas come from small steps in debuting its new products during Global Entrepreneurship Week.  The Corporation is using banana bark to make paper and other items such as jewelry, wedding invitations, clocks, bags, trinket boxes along with other products.  Read more here.

Promoting Entrepreneurship Among the Youth in Rwanda

In Rwanda, Global Entrepreneurship Week brought the promotion of entrepreneurship especially among the youth.  The government hopes that technical and vocational skills will lead to a self-sustaining economy. Activities during Global Entrepreneurship Week included business competitions and entrepreneurship talk shows. The top youths had the opportunity to compete for the Real Fina Bank Entrepreneurship Award 2013.  Read more here.

Recognizing Entrepreneurs for their Entrepreneurial Spirit

In California, Entrepreneurs were recognized at the 2013 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards which is also known as the Academy Award of Business. This year’s event celebrated “The Art of Entrepreneurship” and pioneering business leaders were recognized in nine categories.  The event was held at the Ontario Convention Center and presented by Cal State San Bernardino’s Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship.  Read more here.

Dell Announces UK Initiative for Entrepreneurs

As an extension of its success in the U.S., Dell Centre for Entrepreneurs announced the launch of a UK initiative for Entrepreneurs during Global Entrepreneur Week.  The goal is to provide entrepreneurs with support such as funding, mentoring and technical expertise as they start and grow their businesses. This is part of Dell’s global focus to provide support for new businesses around the world.  Read more here.

You can learn more about Global Entrepreneurial Week here.

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7 Ways To Create A Noticeable Impact When Working With Others

From time-to-time we all have to work with others.  Even if you work for yourself, you’ll have to interact in a group setting as people and relationships are crucial components of business and the human experience in general.  So how can you make these interactions effective?  How can you set yourself apart and create an executive presence?  How can you create a lasting impression?

Here are some ways to help you create a noticeable impact when working with others:

Have a clear vision and maintain a big picture perspective.  First you need to know what your overall objective is and what goal you’re setting out the accomplish.  Once you know where you’re going, you can share that vision with others.  Despite having your eye on the focal point, be mindful of the moving parts.  Even if you’re working on one area, step out of the details and stay abreast of the progress of other areas.

Have a plan but be flexible.  Planning always makes your work easier.  The earlier you can tackle planning, the better your entire process will be.  You’ll know when things are to be done, who will perform each task and what you need to prepare for tomorrow.  However, don’t let tunnel vision get the best of you.  Recognize that things rarely fall into place perfectly as planned so be flexible.  Be willing to make changes along the way.  Be willing to tweak and revamp your plan.  Remember the fact that you can get from point A to B via different routes.

Build and energize others.  Be passionate and interested in the work at hand.  This passion will radiate from you and energize others.  People are motivated by and gravitate toward those who take a stance.  As you share your interest with others, make it a point to bring out the best in them.  That involves mentoring, teaching and challenging them so that they develop under your watch.  Always add an element of fun and find ways to lighten the situation.  Take breaks to do small things that go a long way.  It may be recognition or an outing but give credit where credit is due.

Be dependable and follow through on responsibilities.  At the end of the day, results matter.  If you have a deadline when deliverables are due, you’re expected to execute.  So do what it takes to be that person others can depend on.  When they are wondering who can get the job done, you want to be the one who comes to mind.  Under-promise and over-deliver.

Be innovative.  It is easy to go with the status quo and do things as they have been done for years.  But you can add value when you think outside the box.  Leverage your experience and knowledge to see things from a different perspective.  Find at least one way to do something differently that will have an impact and improve results.  Both quantitative and qualitative results are good.

Face challenges directly.  When dealing with others, you’re exposed to different personalities, work styles, sense of urgency, strengths etc.  Often, this causes issues.  Deal with these issues directly. Communicate timely and effectively as needed.  Take these opportunities to help others focus on takeaways that may help them improve.  But never react based on your emotions.  Think through the situation.  Become more stern if you need to.  Your stance should be clear and effective.

Be honest, open and confident.  Being consistently honest goes a long way and will help you gain trust.  When you convey honesty and openness in your communication, others return the same.  This flow of communication is crucial in working with others so do your part to foster it.  Confidence is essential for a leader and helps you command an executive presence.  People trust those who have confidence in their proven abilities.  Highlight the key qualities of your brand.

Do you have experience incorporating these approaches when working with others?  Do you have a different approach?  Do you have other tactics that are effective?

 


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