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Powerful thoughts on value, authenticity and contribution

Courtney Lynch, March 9, 2020

Memorable quotes on leadership are timeless because they distill lifetime lessons into simple expressions.  Here are three that inspire, followed by questions for reflection as you work to apply them to your life:

1.  “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
 Albert Einstein

  • What will you do today to be valuable to others?
  • Do you spend more time planning for success or service?
  • Which are the five “hats you wear” that no one else can wear? (e.g. father of Ryan, supportive colleague of Judy, best friend of Steve, etc.)  How can you be of stronger value in these roles?
  1. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
     Bernard M. Baruch
  • Professionalism is always important; yet can you think of ways you can be more authentic at work?
  • How does fear of criticism hold you back from adding value?
  • Do you care too much about what other people think?
  1. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
     Theodore Roosevelt
  • What talents, strengths and gifts can you contribute more of, right now, to be valuable to others?
  • Take note of the top two things that bring you energy (at work and at home) this week.  What does that say about where you should invest your time?
  • Who needs your support, encouragement or guidance?  Take action to provide it.

Keep leading!  Leaders make a difference well beyond what they can see.

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