Free Consultation: Receive expert recommendations. Schedule a Time Here or Call (800) 700-6507.


20 Qualities of a Great Leader

1. Integrity
"The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

2. Patience
"Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy." - Saadi

3. Open-Minded
"Be kind. It's worthwhile to make an effort to learn about other people and figure out what you might have in common with them. If you allow yourself to be somewhat curious - and if you get into the habit of doing that - it's the first step to being open minded and realizing that your points of view aren't totally opposite." - Viggo Mortensen

4. Optimistic
"When you have vision it affects your attitude. Your attitude is optimistic rather than pessimistic." - Charles R. Swindoll

5. Communication
"The art of communication is the language of leadership." - James Humes

6. Focus
"Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them." - Jack Canfield

7. Confidence
"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy." - Norman Vincent Peale

8. Passion
"Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It's about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers." - Robin S. Sharma

9. Genuine
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

10. Persistence
"Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible." - Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

11. Transparency
"I think the currency of leadership is transparency. You've got to be truthful. I don't think you should be vulnerable every day, but there are moments where you've got to share your soul and conscience with people and show them who you are, and not be afraid of it." - Howard Schultz

12. Innovative
"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." - Steve Jobs

13. Authentic
"It's authenticity that separates winners from losers, good politics from bad, and he-man leader-types from consultant-directed puppet-boys." - Thomas Frank

14. Empowering
"Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need." - Gillian Anderson

15. Insightful
"The best vision is insight." - Malcolm Forbes

16. Inspirational
"Leadership is absolutely about inspiring action, but it is also about guarding against mis-action." - Simon Sinek

17. Decisive
"The world is starving for original and decisive leadership." - Bryant H. McGill

18. Generous
"Leaders should be collaborative, modest, and generous." - Bill Bradley

19. Accountable
"Few things kill likeability as quickly as arrogance. Likable leaders don't act as though they're better than you because they don't think that they're better than you. Rather than being a source of prestige, they see their leadership position as bringing them additional accountability for serving those who follow them." - Travis Bradberry

20. Inquisitive
"I think it's very important to have a feedback loop, where you're constantly thinking about what you've done and how you could be doing it better. I think that's the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself." - Elon Musk

Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times

Only ten days before Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office in 1861, the Confederate States of America seceded from the Union taking all Federal agencies, forts, and arsenals within their territory. To make matters worse, Lincoln, who was elected by a minority of the popular vote, was viewed by his own advisors as nothing more than a gawky, second-rate country lawyer with no leadership experience.

Lincoln On Leadership is the first book to examine Abraham Lincoln's diverse leadership abilities and how they can be applied to today's complex world. In honor of our 16th President's birthday, we are taking a look at Lincoln's 15 leadership attributes discussed in this highly acclaimed book.

Chapter 1: Get Out of the office and Circulate Among the Troops

"His cardinal mistake is that he isolates himself, and allows nobody to see him; and by which he does not know what is going on in the very matter he is dealing with."

Lincoln's reason for relieving Gen. John C. Fremont from his command in Missouri (September 9, 1861)

Chapter 2: Build Strong Alliances

"A house divided against itself cannot stand…our cause must be entrusted to, and conducted by its own undoubted friends - whose hands are free, whose hearts are in the work - who do care for the result."

Lincoln's remarks from "A House divided" speech, in which he accepted the nomination for US senator at the Republican State convention in Springfield, Illinois (June 16, 1858)

Chapter 3: Persuade Rather Than Coerce

"With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed. Consequently he who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions."

Lincoln's remarks in the first Lincoln-Douglas debate when examining the influence Stephen A. Douglas was having on the public (August 21, 1858)

Chapter 4: Honesty and Integrity Are the Best Policies

"I am compelled to take a more impartial and unprejudiced view of things. Without claiming to be your superior, which I do not, my position enables me to understand my duty in all these matters better than you possible can, and I hope you do not yet doubt my integrity."

Lincoln's closing comments in a letter of support for General-in-Chief Henry Halleck to a close friend who urged his dismissal (May 26, 1863)

Chapter 5: Never Act Out of Vengeance or Spite

"I shall do nothing in malice. What I deal with is too vast for malicious dealing."

Lincoln's comments in a letter about the readmission of Louisiana to the Union (July 28, 1862)

Chapter 6: Have the Courage to Handle Unjust Criticism

"Neither let us be slandered from our duty by false accusations against us, nor frightened from it by menaces of destruction to the government, nor of dungeons to ourselves. Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it."

The closing statement of Lincoln's Cooper Institute Address, in which he encouraged party members to hold fast to their beliefs (February 27, 1860)

Chapter 7: Be a Master of Paradox

"Take time and think well upon this subject.….Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time…. Delay is ruining us…. Time is everything…. Please act in view of this…. Make haste slowly."

Lincoln giving seemingly contradictory advice to different followers in different situations (March 1861 - July 1862)

Chapter 8: Exercise a Strong Hand - Be Decisive

"Some single mind must be master, else there will be no agreement in anything…"

Part of Lincoln's firm stance regarding new elections in the State of Arkansas (February 17, 1864)

Chapter 9: Lead by Being Led

"Now, the undertaking being a success, the honor is all yours; for I believe non of us went farther than to acquiesce… But what next? I suppose it will be safer if I leave Gen. Grant and yourself to decide."

Part of Lincoln's response to General Sherman for his "Christmas gift" - the capture of Savannah (December 26, 1864)

Chapter 10: Set Goals and Be Results-Oriented

"I think Lee's army, and not Richmond, is your true objective point…Fight him when opportunity offers. If he stays where he is, fret him, and fret him."

Lincoln's response to General Joe Hooker, who'd asked for permission to advance on the Confederate capitol rather than engage the enemy in combat (June 10, 1863)

Chapter 11: Keep Searching Until You Find Your "Grant"

"I can't spare this man. He fights."

Lincoln's response to critics who urged the dismissal of General Grant after the battle of Shiloh, where Grant had been rumored to be drunk (April 1862)

Chapter 12: Encourage Innovation

"Still the question recurs 'can we do better?' The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew."

Lincoln, in his Annual message to congress, exhorting its members to join him in a united venture to be conducted by the executive and legislative branches of government (December 1, 1862)

Chapter 13: Master the Art of Public Speaking

"Extemporaneous speaking should be practiced and cultivated. It is the lawyer's avenue to the public. However able and faithful he may be in other respects, people are slow to bring him business if he cannot make a speech."

From Lincoln's notes for a law lecture intended to advise younger lawyers how best to succeed (July 1, 1850)

Chapter 14: Influence People Through Conversation and Storytelling

"They say I tell a great many stories. I reckon I do; but I have learned from long experience that plain people, take them as they run, are more easily influenced through the medium of a broad and humorous illustration than in any other way…"

Lincoln explaining to a friend why he often related stories in the course of normal conversation.

Chapter 15: Preach a Vision and Continually Reaffirm It

"All honor to Jefferson - who, in the concrete pressure of a struggle for national independence, had the coolness, forecast, and capacity to introduce…an abstract truth, applicable to all men and all times."

Part of a Lincoln's praise for Thomas Jefferson, one of his early heroes, to a Boston group that requested he speak there on Jefferson's birthday. (April 6, 1859)



Top 10 Greatest Inspirational Quotes by Arnold Palmer

In celebration of the great, Arnold Palmer's life, we are sharing some of his best quotes. While his passion was focused on golf, his character and mindset can be applied in our businesses and professional lives as well.

1. "Success in this game depends less on strength of body than strength of mind and character."

2. "The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done."

3. "Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you."

4. "The road to success is always under construction."

5. "What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do."

6. "Winning isn't everything, but wanting it is."

7. "The secret of concentration is the secret of self-discovery. You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources, and what it takes to match them to the challenge."

8. "I can only tell you one thing that I do know for sure, I am a dreamer. There are not many people that will recognize or want to recognize the fact that they are dreamers in their own life ... I continue to get up in the morning, enthusiastically, and go pick up a golf club with a thought that I can somewhere find that secret to making the cut. That's just an example, but it applies to other things in life, too, and that's the way I live and the way I think and the way I feel."

9. "You must play boldly to win."

10. "Swing your swing. Not some idea of a swing. Not a swing you saw on TV. Not that swing you wish you had. No, swing your swing. Capable of greatness. Prized only by you. Perfect in it's imperfection. Swing your swing. I know, I did."

Top 10 Quotes for Success

tonymassiveaction1.      Stop avoiding failure. “Failure is often necessary for real learning to occur. If you didn’t get the results you want, learn from the experience so that you reference how to make better decisions the next time around. Too many people want to avoid any hint of a problem. But overcoming obstacles is what gives us psychological strength—it’s the very thing that forms character.”  Tony Robbins 2.      Make a decision. “At some point, before we can have every possible fact in hand, we have to decide. After you have acquired 40 to 70 percent of information about a situation, go with your gut.” Colin Powell 3.      Leave a legacy. “You want to leave something, you really do. I mean, in the end, statues and all those things, that doesn’t mean anything. Leave something we are all going to benefit from.” George Foreman 4.      Put your dream to the test. “If you are unsure of what your dream might be—either because you are afraid to dream or because you have somehow lost your dream along the way—then start preparing yourself to receive your dream by exploring the following: Read and study in your areas of greatest interest. Engage in activities related to your interests. Put up pictures of people and things that inspire you. Get your body in optimal shape to pursue your dream.” —John Maxwell 5.      Sync your priorities with your finances. “Don’t buy things unless you have the money to buy them. Don’t expand your business unless you have the money to do so. Realize people are the key to everything—money can’t do anything without people. Think about and understand what you’re doing and why—with your money.” Suze Orman 6.      Empower and respect. “Inspire people to think like entrepreneurs, and whatever you do, treat them like adults. The hardest taskmaster of all is a person’s own conscience, so the more responsibility you give people, the better they will work for you.” Richard Branson 7.      Live in the moment. In the spring of 1994, Michael J. Fox began to accept Parkinson’s disease and live in and enjoy the moment. He said, “Yesterday’s losses and tomorrow’s trials were no longer the only poles of my existence.” 8.      Promote your work. “Every tournament I play gives me a great opportunity to market whatever I am working on or wearing.” Serena Williams 9.      Trust things will turn in your favor. “You may be going through great difficulties, and you’re tempted to think, I’m never going to get out of this. This is never going to change. I’m never going to win this situation. Stand strong. When negative thoughts come, reject them.” Joel Osteen 10.  Accept your partner. “The need for acceptance is so profound that I would venture to say that most, if not all, issues that cause conflict in a relationship ultimately come down to one or both partners feeling rejected—and, in turn, wanting to feel more accepted.” Dr. Phil