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14 Leadership Quotes on How to Go from Good to Great by Jim Collins

Jim Collins book, Good to Great serves as one of my business go-to guides. I'm a HUGE fan of  author, Jim Collins. 

The following leadership quotes are being shared to inspire you with vision and a passionate determination to develop and sustain your audacity to pursue your dreams by taking action that will grow your skills, knowledge and talent so you can flourish in your endeavors as you close out 2013 and start strong in 2014.



1. “Good is the enemy of great.”


2. “A culture of discipline is not a principle of business, it is a principle of greatness.”
3. “Bad decisions made with good intentions, are still bad decisions.”
4. “Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice and discipline.”
5.“For no matter what we achieve, if we don’t spend the vast majority of our time with people we love and respect, we cannot possibly have a great life. But if we spend the vast majority of our time with people we love and respect – people we really enjoy being on the bus with and who will never disappoint us – then we will almost certainly have a great life, no matter where the bus goes. The people we interviewed from the good-to-great companies clearly loved what they did, largely because they loved who they did it with.”
6. “The moment you feel the need to tightly manage someone, you’ve made a hiring mistake. The best people don’t need to be managed. Guided, taught, led–yes. But not tightly managed.”
7. "Smart people instinctively understand the dangers of entrusting our future to self-serving leaders who use our institutions, whether in the corporate or social sectors, to advance their own interests."

8. “For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work.”
9. “The purpose of bureaucracy is to compensate for incompetence and lack of discipline–a problem that largely goes away if you have the right people in the first place.”
10.“We found that for leaders to make something great, their ambition has to be for the greatness of the work and the company, rather than for themselves.”
11. “Consider the idea that charisma can be as much a liability as an asset. Your strength of personality can sow the seeds of problems.”
12. “Level 5 leaders channel their ego needs away from themselves and into the larger goal of building a great company. It’s not that Level 5 leaders have no ego or self-interest. Indeed, they are incredibly ambitious–but their ambition is first and foremost for the institution, not themselves.”
13. “Level 5 leaders are a study in duality: modest and willful, humble and fearless.”
14. “It occurs to me, Jim, that you spend too much time trying to be interesting. Why don’t you invest more time being interested?”


Which of the previous quotes resonated with you? Which challenges you to elevate your leadership effectiveness in 2014 and beyond? Share your comments below.

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