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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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6 Things You Can Be Thankful For Each Day, Regardless of Your Situation

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When we have big life events, it is easy to remember to give thanks.  But big successes are usually the sum of small steps in the right direction over time.  Without the benefit of hindsight, it is hard to see the significance of this headway in the moment.  So in remembering that action is better than inaction, we should be grateful for the journey and celebrate our present situation.

Here are 6 things you can be thankful for each day, regardless of your situation:

You woke up this morning.  Each night we go to sleep, we assume we’ll wake up the next day.  We take this for granted but we don’t truly know what will happen.  We’ve all heard stories where others weren’t as fortunate, so each morning when you wake up with the ability to plant your feet firmly on the ground and take on another day, be thankful.  I have my mom to thank for always reinforcing the need to do this each morning.

You’re healthy.  My grandma always says, “If you’re healthy, you’re wealthy.”  There is so much truth to that statement.  She’s 85 years old, still does moderate exercises and can touch her toes.  Without good health, you could be limited in what you do, where you go, and how you live your life.  Take your vitamins, do your exercises, and eat in moderation (including on Thanksgiving Day)!

You have access.  If you’re able to read this, you have access to a computer, tablet, cell phone, etc. In today’s digital age, access makes it easier to get what you want and to be in control of shaping your life and experiences.  You can use these tools to get information about what you need to know, learn about new topics and enhance your skills. Take advantage of that.

You’re not alone.  Last night I was bouncing some ideas off of a friend and mid-conversation he asked, “Do you think creative people need to be around other creative people?”  My response was a resounding, “Yes!” Family and friends make up our go-to support system but it doesn’t have to end there.  We thrive in environments where we can share insight with others who understand us and share our interests; this empowers us to fully be ourselves.  The first step is realizing what you need help with and the second step is reaching out to those who can be part of your support system.

You have knowledge and experience.  No matter how old you are, you’ve probably experienced situations that left you with learning lessons and knowledge that would allow you to do things differently next time.  Having knowledge and experience in your toolbox is invaluable. You can leverage your insight to approach your life situations strategically and with intention and you can empower and enlighten others.  Knowledge and experience allow you to see opportunities to create and provide value to the world around you.

You made it through another day.  Think of all the things that could happen in 24 hours.  When you’ve made it through your day, take a moment to be thankful and reflect on what you can do better tomorrow.  Give yourself credit for doing the best you could and leave all your worries in that day.  Tomorrow is a new opportunity to start fresh on a blank canvas that offers flexibility and opportunities.  My mom also reminds me of the need to do this each evening.

Do you make time to give thanks?  Do you do it at certain times of the day or whenever you remember?  What things are you thankful for?

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Igniting Your Entrepreneurial Spirit

The entrepreneurial spirit gives you hope and drives you to make something out of nothing.  See how I previously defined it here.  It empowers you believe you can get from point A to K, without directions and by taking an unplanned route.  Once you get to point B, you’ll leverage your experience from getting from point A to B to figure out how to get to point C.  There’s a risk you won’t make it to point K, but despite that, the entrepreneurial spirit tells you it is ok to try. The entrepreneurial spirit in rooted in the belief that effort and small steps are better than making no progress at all.

So how do you ignite your own entrepreneurial spirit?

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Take ownership of what makes you unique.  Be in tuned to who you are, what is important to you and what you stand for.  Make a conscious effort to prioritize those things and customize your life so you experience more of them. Yes, it is possible to customize your life!  Remember that life didn’t come with a handbook so what society prescribed as the path may not be the one for you.  And that is perfectly fine.  But the responsibility to celebrate who you are and create the life you want is yours.

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Insert creative moments in your day.  The exploratory nature of creativity is fundamental to the entrepreneurial spirit because creativity allows you to experiment and see things differently.  Make it a point to incorporate creativity in your day so that you’re actively doing something.  I’ve always loved photography because it provides a lasting gratification associated with a moment that captured my attention and moved me emotionally.  So most times, I’m carrying my camera and when I’m not, my phone comes in handy. In addition to taking photos, I love editing them similar to what I’ve done with this photo.  Find a creative outlet that’s manageable and give yourself permission to explore and apply by doing each day.

Choose risk-taking over risk-aversion.  We are creatures of habit and we prefer things we’re used to. We like to be and feel comfortable.  But if the entrepreneurial spirit is about doing, exploring and discovering new things, then this approach won’t work because you don’t get new results by repeating the same steps.  To get a different outcome, you have to embrace new and different approaches which involve risks.  It is an old saying but no risk, no reward.

Maintain a big picture perspective.  You will miss a lot of things if you continuously have tunnel vision.  Yes, you need to concentrate and focus on one thing at times, but it is also important to be aware of what’s happening around you.  When you’re able to read your environment well and keep a pulse of what’s going on, you’ll be more prepared for tomorrow. You’ll be better at anticipating what’s next, what to get into, what to avoid and where opportunities are.  Continue to question and think of ways to make an overall connection.  Remain mindful of the vision and keep your perspective broad.

Develop the habit of sharing.  When you take the road less traveled and go against the grain, people will stare, talk and wonder about you.  As humans, we generally feel more comfortable with things we know and are familiar with.  So anything outside the norm tends to make people uncomfortable. Instead of letting this reaction discourage you, use it as an opportunity to inform others and share your story.  Let them know what drives you and what you’re passionate about. Tell them what you want to accomplish and how you plan to do it.  As they begin to understand, you’ll notice them becoming more supportive, congratulating you on your courage and possibly expressing a desire of wanting to do the same.

Have you identified your entrepreneurial spirit?  Are you looking to ignite it?  If you already have, how do you keep it active and maintain it?

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