“Hard as it may be to admit, in a meritocracy, management is one skill among many, rather than one skill to rule them all.”

“I don’t picture anybody. I picture the word ‘redefine.’ The word ‘successful’ or ‘success’ has been such a dangerous word in my research. My answer is: Be clear that your ladder is leaning against the right building.”

Gary Hamel and Michele Zaniini, Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them

“The best-kept secret of successful leaders is love: staying in love with leading, with people who do the work, with what their organizations provide, and with those who honor the

organization by using its products and services. Leadership is not an affair of the head. Leadership is an affair of the heart.”

James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, The Leadership Challenge

“You can’t lead others until you’ve first led yourself on a journey of self-discovery. If you are to become the leader you aspire to be, then you must take the time to step back and reflect on your

past, your present, your future, and discover your passions.”

James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, The Leadership Challenge

“The most meaningful and important way that you can take charge of becoming an exemplary leader is to make learning leadership a daily habit.”

James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, The Leadership Challenge

“Encouragement is more personal and positive than other forms of feedback, and it’s more likely to accomplish something that other forms cannot: strengthening trust between leaders and their

constituents. Encouragement, in this sense, is the highest form of feedback.”

James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, The Leadership Challenge

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade

winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain in Ken Robinson’s, Finding Your Element

“The fact that trust among team members goes up when people share knowledge and information, and the fact that performance increases as a result, underscores how important it is for leaders to

stay focused on the needs of their team.”

James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, The Leadership Challenge

On empathy – “…is not just about seeing things from another’s perspective. It’s the cornerstone of smart leadership. The real competitive advantage of the human worker will be their

capacity to create relationships, which means empathy will count more than experience.”

Roman Krznaric in James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, The Leadership Challenge

“The results for how direct reports evaluate their levels of motivation and productivity are also directly correlated with the extent they gauge their leader’s actively listening.”

James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, The Leadership Challenge

“The advice I’d give to anyone young is it’s really about developing people who are going to do the work.”

General Stanley McChrystal in Tim Ferriss’s, Tools of Titans

“What makes a good commander? The immediate answer that comes to mind is humility. Because you’ve got to be humble and you’ve got to be coachable…Later, when I was running training, we

would fire a couple of leaders from every SEAL Team because they couldn’t lead. It was almost always a question of their ability to listen, open their mind, and see that, maybe, there’s a better way to do things. That is from a lack of humility.”

Jocko Willink in Tim Ferriss’s, Tools of Titans

“You can’t blame your boss for not giving you the support you need. Plenty of people will say, ‘It’s my boss’s fault.’ No, it’s actually your fault because you haven’t educated him, you haven’t

influenced him, you haven’t explained to him in a manner he understands why you need this support that you need. That’s extreme ownership. Own it all.”

Jocko Willink in Tim Ferriss’s, Tools of Titans

“If you want to change the world, who do you begin with, yourself or others? I believe if we begin with ourselves and do the things that we need to do and become the best person we

can be, we have a much better chance of changing the world for the better.”

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Element by Ken Robinson

“In the age of upheaval, the quantities of foresight and ingenuity required to run a large organization exceed the abilities of any single human being or small team – and the bar keeps going up.

It’s time to call off the search for superhuman leaders. What we need aren’t extraordinary leaders, but organizations that mobilize and monetize the everyday genius of ‘ordinary’ employees.”

Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini, Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them

“An organization’s capacity for renewal should never depend on the capacity of a few senior leaders to learn and unlearn..”

Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini, Humanocracy