Most of us have no shortage of people who are ready and willing to give us advice! That being said, a person is on the road to success and contentment if they are very discerning about the advice they act upon. Who are you listening to when it comes to leadership advice?

My top picks are Simon Sinek, John Maxwell, Craig Groeschel, Jack Welch, Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln & Marcus Aurelius. Here’s my question for you to consider… Have you even considered who it is that you look to for leadership? Are you reading, discussing and trying to understand and incorporate the valuable information they have to share?

Take a moment and read through some of the quotes below to see if something strikes a chord with your leadership spirit! Then make if you are genuinely interested in upping your leadership game, let me suggest you do the following things!

Make a list, even if it’s only one or two names, of leaders who have and continue to impact your leadership.

Buy some books either written by those leaders, or about those leaders.

Watch some video of them or about their perspectives on leadership.

Do some reading and study on the internet.

Spend some time in meditation.

Set some leadership goals for yourself!


  1. “There is a difference between listening and waiting for your turn to speak.” Simon Sinek
  2. “Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.” John Maxwell
  3. “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.” Zig Ziglar
  4. Most leaders are trying to figure out the right strategy. The best leaders are obsessed with empowering the right people.” Craig Groeschel
  5. “You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose.” Lou Holtz
  6. “He has a right to criticize who has a heart to help.” Abraham Lincoln
  7. “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me, and I may be forced to love you.” –Norman Vincent Peale
  8. “Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” Attributed to Aristotle
  9. “When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.” Plato
  10. “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” Jack Welch
  11. “It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” William Lonsdale Watkinson
  12. “If you have no will to change it, you have no right to criticize it.” Mark Twain
  13. “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something sometime in your life.” Winston Churchill
  14. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Teddy Roosevelt
  15. “How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.” Benjamin Disraeli
  16. “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” Eleanor Roosevelt
  17. “Don’t mind criticism. If it is untrue, disregard it; if unfair, keep from irritation; if it is ignorant, smile; if it is justified, it is not criticism, learn from it.” Anonymous
  18. “Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you’ll be a mile away and have his shoes.” Anonymous
  19. “If a man isn’t willing to take some risk for his opinions, either his opinions are no good or he’s no good.” Ezra Pound
  20. “While we would love to have no criticism, probably if we had no critique, we wouldn’t be doing anything meaningful.” Erwin McManus