Motivating Quotes for Guiding Leadership Development

PI Consulting Group Senior Consultant Shares Thoughts on Leadership Development

leadership developmentEven the most successful businesspeople struggle now and then to keep moving or to discern which direction they should be going. Leadership development is not just about recognizing those that are inherently motivated, but about continuing to motivate leaders as they proceed through their careers.

To demonstrate how words, in particular, motivate and direct leadership development, Sharon Morford, Senior Consultant for PI Consulting Group, shares her thoughts on a few famously motivating quotes:

“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” –Will Rogers

I’ve had the opportunity to work in and for a number of great organizations. Sometimes the opportunity was presented because there was a significant corporate change, like downsizing or realignment. Sometimes, though, the opportunity occurred because of a conscious decision to make a change. It’s been tempting, at times, to think, “what if I had done something differently?” Along the way, I’ve learned that you can’t change the past; you can only learn from it. It’s difficult to make this mental change, but it can be a liberating one. Focus on the circumstances you can change, not on those that you cannot.

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”—Stephen Covey

With my three young adult children, it’s easy to detect areas in which all three made decisions in high school and college that significantly impacted their current and future lives. It can be difficult for young people to focus on this, with so much life ahead of them. However, in leadership development, it’s a good theme to spend time considering. Those of us that are in leadership positions must think before we act, determining what the impact could be of our actions. If not, it’s a good practice to implement.

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”—Og Mandino

It’s easy to see both in your personal life and your career that things will change, and that you may encounter a person early in your career that you may work closely with in the future. With people changing careers and jobs more frequently, you may work with someone for a few years at one company, and then encounter them again in the future at another organization. It’s important to invest in those relationships, considering that you may see them again down the road.

It can happen in your personal life, too. My husband and I were friends in college, but 25 years later our paths crossed again and led us to marriage. You just never know.

Leadership development requires many tools, including the wise, motivating words of famous leaders. To learn more from Sharon and the rest of the team at PI Consulting Group, call to make an appointment today.