5 Leadership Quotes Everyone Needs to Read

Graham Zahoruiko Leadership Quotes

Quotes are an always trending topic. People go to quotes for inspiration, to lighten the mood, and even to prove a point. 2017 is a new age with easy access to a digital world where hundred years worth of quotes are waiting at your fingertips. Here’s a list of various quotes that everyone can use in their lives, and what you should get out of them.


“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader” – John Quincy Adams

The 6th president of the United States, John Quincy Adams, brought this famous quote that shapes the way we view leadership. This shifting perspective opens our eyes to see that anyone of any kind of inspiration is considered a leader. When you are the reason someone else does an action of good, you are connected to that action in a form of leadership.


“Don’t find a fault, find a remedy” – Henry Ford

Leaders should be the last person to point fingers. Rather than wasting time trying to find out who to blame or the reasons things went wrong, leaders innovate to make things go right. Then they move on.


“A leader is someone who demonstrates what’s possible.” – Mark Yarnell

Sometimes leaders have to get out of their comfort zones. Leadership is something that pushes people to do better and be better than they thought possible. Leaders are the people who take that first step off of the ledge and learn to fly.


“Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs

One of the world’s most favorited influences, Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc. said this quote to showcase just how leaders aren’t a solo concept. To be a great leader, you need a team. Without any followers, you wouldn’t be a leader. Leadership requires more than just one person. If you’re a good leader, you’re leading an entire team.


“He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander” – Aristotle

One of the most important things to remember in any leadership position is that you were once a follower. If you’re a leader, remember that you were once in the same position as all of your followers. You can relate to their position and experiences. You can’t become a leader without being a follower first.

North Face’s New Leadership

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It’s always a huge company ordeal to gain new leadership. When a president, CEO or other leader in a company steps down, saying goodbye can be scary. The transition to new leadership can create major hurdles for the company. Recently, one company – The North Face, announced their new leadership. This is a prime example of a job well done when transiting to a new president.


Earlier this year in February, Todd Spaletto, the former president of The North Face, announced that he was leaving the company for a position at Wolverine World Wide Inc. The North Face is a brand of Vanity Fair Corporation, which VF announced the new president of The North Face in the middle of May.


Vanity Fair Corporation was founded in 1899, with over 30 brands and 5 categories. Those categories are: Outdoor & Action Sports, Jeanswear, Imagewear, Sportswear, and Contemporary brands with The North Face falling under the Outdoor & Action Sports section.


The new president, Arne Arens, has been with Vanity Fair for over 7 years since 2010, leading The North Face in the EMEA. In March of this year, he was placed in charge of The North Face brand in America. With his years of experience in the corporation and keen understanding of the company brand, VF believes that he has the leadership skills necessary to continue success for The North Face.


Arens’ promotion to Global President brings new opportunities for both him and the company. After years of being the Vice President of Sales and the General Manager of the brand in the Americas, Arens has handled sales, marketing, product merchandising and more. It’s clear that Arens has proven he has the experience and background required to continue driving success for The North Face.


After being appointed the General Manager of The North Face in the Americas, Arens’ job was to primarily focus on the brand and sales in the states. His successful track record is one of the reasons he was such a qualified contender for the presidential position. Group president of The North Face, Scott Baxter had nothing but great things to say about Arens:


I am confident that his proven ability to grow business and deep connection to our company culture will help him propel our brand into the next wave of growth across our sales channels”.


It’s safe to say that Arens has a clear passion for not only the brand, but also what The North Face believes in. This brand strives to inspire outdoor lovers, provide top quality products and equip adventures all around the globe. The company is ecstatic that not only does Arens have a passion for the company and his position, but he has complimentary passions for the outdoors as well, making him an outstanding pick for the president of The North Face.


5 Barriers to Breach: Don’t be a Good Leader, Be a Great Leader

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There are key factors that distinguish a good leader from being a great leader. Leaders are everywhere you look. Your boss, your friend, your CEO, and even your dog could be a leader of any environment. Great leaders successfully manage their day to day tasks, engage with their followers, and embody a high level of credibility among those who know and follow them. Why wouldn’t you follow a credible leader?

In every area of life, there are aspects that hinder people from living up to their full potential. Whether you consider yourself to be a good leader or not, take a look at what could be your barriers to going from good to great.


5. Failure

Failure poses as a big red stop sign whenever anyone reaches a certain point in their mistakes. It can be hard, extremely difficult even, to face up to failures and mistakes made in a leadership role. Without acknowledging failure, leaders could potentially set themselves back or worse, damage their reputation. Great leaders accept and embrace failure. When something goes wrong, it teaches leaders how to make things go right.


4. Delegation

Do you have a tight grip on control? Let go. Good leaders appoint responsibilities. Great leaders delegate tasks. Perhaps you need to come to the realization that one person can’t possible take on every role on a team. You must have team players. Whenever tasks and responsibilities arise, ensure there’s even delegation. Not only is this importance for the leader themselves, but it can give a sense of importance to the team or members of the office as well.


3. Communication

Time in the spotlight for leaders is completely unavoidable. Leaders have a presence to fulfil to others. Communication is a key part of standing in front of a company, a team, or even followers. When it comes to communicating with your audience, there is more to it than just speaking. To be a great leader with good communication, you have to take time to not only speak, but also to listen.

Communication should be clear and specific. You can get personal with your audience, hear what they have to say, and then take into account the communication between both yourself and other parties involved. Have an open mind when communicating and you’ll notice improved leadership skills in yourself.


2. Motivation

Lack of motivation can ruin a team. It’s easy for leaders and team members to burnout and even shut down from stress or having too much on their plate. As a great leader, you must serve as a motivator. Give reason for people to follow you, but also give reason for people to take action. Your behaviors should inspire motivation among your audience.


1. Confidence

Confidence is key. The number one thing that makes a leader go from being just good to great is believing not only in themselves, but also in what they do. True leadership does not exist without confidence. In the same way, a leader can have too much confidence and portray an arrogant attitude. This also hinders leaders from becoming great. While it’s vital that you believe in yourself, believing in your followers should also be in equal priority.

Allow this to serve as the foundation to your leadership. Self confidence is more than a skill one can attain. It’s an asset to reaching your full potential.



How You Can Become an Approachable Leader

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In every company or organization there are key elements to the leadership that directs each team. Strong leadership skills are required for a good leader, but also to create a good team. One extremely important key to strong leadership is approachability. This takes leadership beyond standing in front of a team by allowing anyone on the team to openly approach with ideas, concerns and enough comfortability to talk to their leader. Leadership is more than telling a team what to do. Here’s how you can become an approachable leader.

Manage Your Emotions

In the workplace, it’s very easy for stress levels and tension to rise. This quick action can cause unnecessary conflict, and often makes employees feel uncomfortable. Unmanaged emotions are a sign of a weak leader. One of the most important rules in leadership is to keep your emotions under control. When frustration brews, it’s easy for leaders to show their emotions on their sleeves. However, in terms of approachability, any member on the team will avoid an easily frustrated leader.

If you want to be approachable, learn to get your emotions under control. This is a sign of strength, and will make employees more willing to come to you with their questions, needs and other work-related matters.

Build Trust

As you build trust in the workplace, you’ll notice your employees are more motivated and confident in their ability to do their jobs. Establish trust by encouraging other employees. One of the best ways you can keep your employees encouraged is through remaining actionable to the words you say. If you make promises, ensure that you keep them. If you come across failure, admit it instead of hiding it. Transparency is key to getting employees to trust you and believe in you as their leader.

Always Say Thank You

Notice the hard work and effort employees do on a daily basis. This expression of gratitude is comforting and mood boosting, not only to your employees but also to yourself. Try to pay more attention to the details. Always thank your employees for their hard work and point out a job well done. When you build a sense of confidence, your team will feel more motivated and that will reflect upon your approachability.

Remove the Pedestal

Leadership is an important role, with mounds of pressure on anyone in a high position. It’s all too easy for leaders to get a big head, making employees often resentful of a leader as their respect diminishes. Approachable leaders know when to step down and place themselves on the same level as their employees. This builds respect and trust between leaders and employees on a team.

If you’re looking to be a more approachable leader, know when you need to step up and when you need to lower yourself. Approachable leaders encourage their employees to openly come to them to talk, encourage employees by noticing their hard work and most importantly keep the success of not only the company but also the employees in priority.

Prone to Turbulence: How Startups Can Weather Early Cause and Effect Factors

Creating a successful startup can be challenging. There are a number of things they must be able to weather. Plus they must accurately judge the market, have the right business model, enough capital, a good management team, effective strategies and a quality product.

Accurately Assess The Market

Startups must know the size of their market. This requires adequate research. Plus the product or service must offer a value proposition that’s compelling enough to attract and satisfy a large enough customer base. The startup must also set up shop at the appropriate time.

Create The Right Business Model

Startups must build a solid business model. One that addresses both the short-term and long-term need acquire customers. They need an interesting website, a good sales force and offer customers something they need. The business model must keep customer acquisition costs low and customers lifetime value high. Startups must also have a scalable business model.

Create Capital Efficiency

To succeed startups must have a capital efficient way of doing business. It must take into consideration the cost of acquiring customers and creating and marketing their product or service. Having access to cheap capital also helps. Capital efficient startups have a plan for recovering their customer acquisition costs within one year.

A Good Management Team

Startups must have management teams that create effective strategies, offer widely needed products and services and validate their ideas before and during production. The management team must also have great execution in terms of creating excellent products, bringing them to market on time and have effective marketing methods. They must also build a strong team below them.

Have Enough Cash

Many startups are able to succeed if they have enough cash to reach their milestones, create positive cash flow and attract adequate financing. They must be able to afford to cover their overhead, overcome technical and other types of obstacles, create excitement among their customer base and get customer validation. This will increase the valuation of the company and give them an opportunity to become profitable and continue to grow. Having the working capital they need is crucial for any startup.

Startups need several things to succeed. They must create products that meet the needs of a large market, quickly make necessary adjustments, keep customer acquisition costs low and can quickly monetize their customers using a good business model and management team. This enables them to overcome early turbulence.

From Students to CEO’s: Shaping Today’s Young Professionals into Tomorrow’s Innovative Leaders

Over the years I have run several organizations, started my own company and have given back to my community in various ways. Although at times this was not easy, and my professional goals seemed out of reach, I never gave up on myself and what I wanted to become. Through hard work, dedication, and ambition, my dreams turned into reality and for those reasons, among others, I became the successful professional that I am today. But what about the young business leaders of this generation?


 According to the Harvard  Business Review, today’s  youth are now growing up  with the idea that going into  business for themselves can  provide them with a life that  is both meaningful and  purposeful, as well as  impactful to the rest of the  world in a positive way.  Today’s teen and young  adults understand the importance of education and turn their minds into personal businesses for their future endeavors. Many are in the early stages of their career where they can seize certain opportunities and bounce back from minor setbacks. For me, this is something that I had to later learn through trial and error.

Statistics from the Pew Research Center show that 54% of millennials have college degrees, versus 36% of non-millennials who did not. This may be because of the emphasis that we put on education and self-sufficiency today then we did in the past. However you slice the numbers, more young people are shaping the world through innovative business ventures and becoming the leaders of their time, but how exactly are young leaders made?

Creating Leadership Habits

In a previous blog that I wrote, I highlighted the five habits that all great leaders should possess.These same qualities is what young leaders have obtained throughout their everyday lives to ensure that they’ll be as successful as they want to be.


Some leadership habits that I think should be touched on here would be: 1.) Question the Status Quo, 2.) Carve Your Own Path and 3.) Focus On What Matters. I truly believe that leaders are created when they go against the traditional rules of  business and focus on what makes them unique. Forbes article on the “12 Habits Of Exceptional Leaders”  points out having a “sense of purpose” as another habit that leaders are born with, and for young people this is a vital attribute that one should posses.

Having a sense of purpose and identity not only separates you from your peers, but it puts you in a position to act and think on your own. Knowing what you want to accomplish before hand and the steps that you need to take to pursue your dreams is definitely a leadership habit that future young CEO’s, executives and leaders should have.

What Can We Learn From These Young Professionals?

businessschoolMany people believe that years of career experience, expert knowledge and long term professional connections is what makes someone successful and credible. Today, corporate businesses are promoting CEO’s under the age of thirty because of their “can do” attitudes, perseverance, and creative ideas towards the business.

Some things that we can learn from our young leaders of today are:

  • Working “smarter” not harder will land you the job you want.
  • Not being afraid to speak up on new ideas and thoughts
  • Having a sense of purpose of your personal career goals and aspirations can take you far
  • Focusing on what matters will save you time on worrying about things that don’t

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