A leader’s formula

Simon Sinek - British-born American author and motivational speaker

Leadership is a practice and we can all be students. 

John C. Maxwell - American author, speaker, and pastor

Good leaders ask great questions that inspire others to dream more, think more, learn more, do more, and become more.

Lao Tzu - Chinese philosopher

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.

Peter Drucker - Austrian management consultant, educator, and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business corporation

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.

Peter Drucker - Austrian management consultant, educator, and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business corporation

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

Peter Drucker - Austrian management consultant, educator, and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business corporation

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.

Peter Drucker - Austrian management consultant, educator, and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business corporation

Efficiency is doing the thing right. Effectiveness is doing the right thing.

Socrates - Greek philosopher from Athens who is credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy

Let him that would move the world first move himself.

Ken Wilber - American philosopher and writer on transpersonal psychology and his own integral theory, a systematic philosophy which suggests the synthesis of all human knowledge and experience.  

Becoming a leader is the same as becoming a fully integrated human being

Jocko Willink - American retired naval officer who served in the Navy SEALs. He is also a podcaster and author

Leaders must always operate with the understanding that they are part of something greater than themselves and their own personal interests.

Jocko Willink - American retired naval officer who served in the Navy SEALs. He is also a podcaster and author

Leadership requires finding the equilibrium in the dichotomy of many seemingly contradictory qualities, between one extreme and another.

Epictetus - Greek Stoic philosopher

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.

Nathaniel Branden - Canadian–American psychotherapist and writer known for his work in the psychology of self-esteem

Integrity is congruence between what you know, what you profess, and what you do.

William Harry McRaven - Retired United States Navy four-star admiral who served as the ninth commander of the United States Special Operations Command

I realized that the past failures had strengthened me, taught me that no one is immune from mistakes. True leaders must learn from their failures, use the lessons to motivate themselves, and not be afraid to try again or make the next tough decision.

Debbie Ford - American self-help author, coach, lecturer and teacher, most known for The New York Times best-selling book, The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, which aimed to help readers overcome their shadow side with the help of modern psychology and spiritual practices

Each aspect within us needs understanding and compassion. If we are unwilling to give it to ourselves how can we expect the world to give it to us?

Stephen Covey - American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People  

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. 

Stephen Covey - American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People  

Seek first to understand, then to be understood. 

Stephen Covey - American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People  

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.

Dale Carnegie - American writer and lecturer, and the developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

Dale Carnegie - American writer and lecturer, and the developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills

Knowledge isn’t power until it is applied.

Ryan Holiday - American marketer and author. He is the former director of marketing for American Apparel and a media columnist and editor-at-large for the New York Observer

And that’s what is so insidious about talk. Anyone can talk about himself or herself. Even a child knows how to gossip and chatter. Most people are decent at hype and sales. So what is scarce and rare? Silence. The ability to deliberately keep yourself out of the conversation and subsist without its validation. Silence is the respite of the confident and the strong.

Ralph Waldo Emerson - American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.

Amy Cuddy - American social psychologist, author and speaker. She is known for her promotion of "power posing", a controversial self-improvement technique whose scientific validity has been questioned

Powerful people initiate speech more often, talk more overall, and make more eye contact while they’re speaking than powerless people do. When we feel powerful, we speak more slowly and take more time. We don’t rush. We’re not afraid to pause. We feel entitled to the time we’re using.

Amy Cuddy - American social psychologist, author and speaker. She is known for her promotion of "power posing", a controversial self-improvement technique whose scientific validity has been questioned

A confident person — knowing and believing in her identity — carries tools, not weapons.

Robin Sharma - Canadian writer, best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book series. Sharma worked as a litigation lawyer until age 25, when he self-published MegaLiving, a book on stress management and spirituality.

It’s about knowing who you are, what you stand for, and then having the courage to be yourself—in every situation rather than only when it’s convenient. It’s about being real, consistent, and congruent so who you are on the inside is reflected by the way you perform on the outside.

James Kerr has 38 years experience in the martial arts and has served as an AAU (American Athletics Union) certified martial arts coach and tournament judge

Leaders create leaders by passing on responsibility, creating ownership, accountability and trust.

James Kerr has 38 years experience in the martial arts and has served as an AAU (American Athletics Union) certified martial arts coach and tournament judge

Humility does not mean weakness, but its opposite. Leaders with mana understand the strength of humility. It allows them to connect with their deepest values and the wider world.