I’ve spoken of my love of quotes before. I’m blessed to be surrounded by some women who share my fondness for a well-turned phrase. Since I’m in a mood – read: unable to compose a coherent post – I thought I’d share a few of the surprises from the JLC board and leadership retreats. I offered up a few “transition and change” quotes one of my favorite conference facilitators had put together in a presentation, and challenged the women to bring their own quotes too. Some were quite new to me, and others were old friends whose broad shoulders have steadied me – or urged me to do better – before.
“It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Gotta’ love Dumbledore. Talk about wisdom personified!
A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be. —Rosalynn Carter
I used that quote on the hang tags on the gifts I gave to last year’s board. They are indeed great leaders, and the JLC moved forward leaps and bounds because of their courage and vision.
The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things. ― Ronald Reagan
That’s a personal favorite, albeit new to me. I’m impressed that it comes from a man, since generally, women have a more collaborative style of leadership than men do.
Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. — General George Patton
Not long ago at all, I don’t know that I would have “owned” that one, but over the past couple of years, I’ve come to embrace my administrative talents, my own leadership style and just who I am. I’m generally content to follow someone else… but if you’re an inept leader… the odds are good that if I cannot help you become a more effective leader, I’m going to just take over.
When I was younger, I cut straight to the take over phase, but I’d like to think now that I’m able to try to guide and mentor before I can’t stand it anymore.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face….You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
Of course, no quotes list would be complete without that original Junior Leaguer, perhaps the first Leaguer in the White House… I do adore Mrs. Roosevelt.
Do you like biographies?
What might you do that you think you cannot?
(And who would have thought that I’d tag a post with both JLC and Harry Potter?!)