You can read the paper, leadership journal, or check out the news online and almost always find leadership quotes. I suppose quoting leaders can add credibility to an article and therefore, at times the quote is deep and helpful. But often the quote is vague and without any depth of practical use.
Let’s take some examples of leadership quotes. Publilius Syrus wrote “Anyone can steer the ship when the sea is calm.” Here is a quote that adds value to living – one that act as a lighthouse signaling a warning to leaders who are getting too confident in themselves and their own capacities. A leader can easily become overconfident, somehow believing he or she provides all the organization needs to make it a success. That leader may well find someday he or she is alone. Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “It is a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead -- and find no one there.”
But drawing application from Syrus’ quote we could state that it is when the sea gets stormy and the ability to control all the emergencies dwindles and it is critical to have the full support and hearts of the followers. It is then when true leadership begins to show its value. If a leader fails to develop healthy trust with the people the leader is leading, there will not be the necessary connection to make it through the storm.
Eric Hoffer provides us with a quote I find most productive in addressing leadership into the unknown future we face. He wrote:
“In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”
This compares to teaching someone how to throw a ball to someone else who is running away – you have to throw the ball to the place the runner will be when the ball gets there. Learners are constantly adjusting to be sure when they arrive in the future they will have what it takes to be effective at that future moment. Those who only rest on what they know at the time will find themselves short of the personal knowledge and abilities to deal with that future moment.
Are there any leadership journals able us prepare for the future? Yes, Regent University has a group of journals, which you can find here.
Because Regent University’s School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship includes a heavy emphasis on future casting, their various journals frequently include material dealing with the future.
The big question for you pivots on whether you want to be ready for a world far different from what you know today. If you do, you must become a student of the future.
Giving your heart to others by listening to their heart
When you grow a leader who values people you help the whole world