By Roberta Attanasio, STEMM Leadership Editor
We’re surrounded by leaders, and we’re surrounded by leadership books. Leaders inspire others, and a few leaders (or too many of them?) write books. There are thousands of leadership books with rich content from which readers distill inspirational quotes. What are the most popular of these quotes? Someone was kind, smart and resourceful enough to make a list of them—to be precise, a list of 50 quotes. How? By purchasing the 50 best rated leadership books and using the ‘most highlighted’ feature in Amazon’s Kindle.
Out of the 50 most popular quotes, here are my favorite ones.
- “There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it” — Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
- “The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life” — Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck
- “Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you are supposed to be” — Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
- “A problem only exists if there is a difference between what is actually happening and what you would like to be happening” — The One Minute Manager by Kenneth H. Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
- “You cannot be anything you want to be—but you can be a lot more of what you already are” — Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
- “Research shows that the best way to deal with negativity is to observe it, without reaction and without judgment” — Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Christopher Voss and Tahl Raz
- “Leadership is about creating change that you believe in” — Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin
- “I define a leader as anyone who takes responsibility for finding potential in people and processes” — Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts by Brené Brown
- “No matter what we’re doing on the outside, people respond primarily to how we’re feeling about them on the inside” — Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute
- “The most common way people give up power is by thinking they don’t have any” — Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
Which one is your favorite quote? Why?
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