A Leader’s Quotes on LeadershipPosted: September 3, 2013
One of my fellow TAB colleagues in the UK, Stephen Heslop highlighted in his blog 6 of the 12 quotes delivered by Richard Branson and published in IOD’s Magazine for July /August entitled ‘Branson on Leadership’.
I particularly liked this blog and wanted to share the six quotes with you as they clearly capture the sentiment and principles I have tried to instill when providing advice to many TAB members and SMB owners over the last decade.
No. 1 Simplicity
“Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to keep things simple”
No. 2 Tools & Measurements
“Give individuals the tools they need, outline some work parameters to work within, and just let them do their stuff”
No. 3 Lead by Example
“Nobody respects a leader who doesn’t know how to get his hands dirty and innovate personally”
No. 4 Ability to Listen
“Assemble a great management team that has a passion and a real sense of ownership. Look for leaders who LISTEN to both employees and CUSTOMERS.
No. 5 Focus
“Rather than focusing on mistakes, catch someone doing something right everyday”
No. 6 Risks
“Screw it, just do it, because to succeed as a business leader, you must have the bravery to give it a go”
A good part of running your own business is being a strong leader. I hope you have enjoyed reading these quotes and you will share with me your thoughts on leadership in the comments below.