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Quotes that inspire me:

A passionate leader and coach told me once: “pretend everyone is walking around with a sign across their chest that reads ‘make me feel special,’ and when you honestly and gladly do so, people will love, follow, and remain loyal to you for life.” – Maykel Almuina
“Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to.”
~Henry Van Dyke
Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
~Dale Carnegie
“Management is about human beings. Its task is to make people capable of joint performance, to make their strengths effective and their weaknesses irrelevant.
~Drucker, Peter F.
“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.”
~William James
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
~Stephen Covey
“To use fear as the friend it is, we must retrain and reprogram ourselves. We must persistently and convincingly tell ourselves that the fear is here–with its gift of energy and heightened awareness–so we can do our best and learn the most in the new situation.”
~Peter Williams
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
Peter Drucker

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement with help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: it takes two.)

The first follower is actually an underestimated form of leadership in itself. … The first follower is what transforms a lone nut into a leader.” (Derek Sivers)


Quotes By John C. Maxwell-

  • “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” 
  • “Real leadership is being the person others will gladly and confidently follow.” 
  • “He that thinketh he leadeth and hath no one following him is only taking a walk.” 
  • “I want to make a difference with people who want to make a difference, doing something that makes a difference.” 
  • “Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” 
  • “If we are growing we are always going to be outside our comfort zone.” 
  • “Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” 
  • “A leader who produces other leaders multiples their influences.” 
  • “Relational skills are the most important abilities in leadership.” 
  • “The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.” 
  • “A successful person finds the right place for himself. But a successful leader finds the right place for others. 
  • “Your success stops where your character stops. You can never rise above the limitations of your character.” 
  • “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” 


  • It’s true that charisma can make a person stand out for a moment, but character sets a person apart for a lifetime.
  • You build trust with others each time you choose integrity over image, truth over convenience, or honor over personal gain.
  • Character makes trust possible, and trust is the foundation of leadership.
  • Character creates consistency, and if your people know what they can expect from you, they will continue to look to you for leadership.
  • Over time, is it easier or harder to sustain your influence within your organization?  With charisma alone, influence becomes increasingly more difficult to sustain. With character, as time passes, influence builds and requires less work to sustain.



  • Great communication depends on two simple skills—context, which attunes a leader to the same frequency as his or her audience, and delivery, which allows a leader to phrase messages in a language the audience can understand.
  • Earn the right to be heard by listening to others. Seek to understand a situation before making judgments about it.
  • Take the emotional temperature of those listening to you. Facial expressions, voice inflection and posture give clues to a person’s mood and attitude.
  • Persuasive communication involves enthusiasm, animation, audience participation, authenticity and spontaneity.


  • Credibility is a leader’s currency. With it, he or she is solvent; without it, he or she is bankrupt.
  • Speak the truth. Transparency breeds legitimacy.
  • Don’t hide bad news. With multiple information channels available, bad news always becomes known. Be candid right from the start.
  • A highly credible leader under-promises and over-delivers.
  • Diligent follow-up and follow-through will set you apart from the crowd and communicate excellence.
  • A trustworthy leader goes the extra mile to remedy strained relationships, even when it doesn’t appear to be required.


  • More than anything else, followers want to believe that their leaders are ethical and honest. 
  • When your people see that you are not only competent to lead but also have a track record of successes, they will have confidence in following you, even when they don’t understand all the details.
  • As a leader, it’s your job to get your people excited about what their work will accomplish; it’s a natural motivator.

“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” 

― Stephen R. Covey

People Skills

  • Successful leadership is about 90% people knowledge and 10% product knowledge.
  • You can have strong people skills and not be a good leader, but you cannot be a good leader without people skills. 
  • The highest compliment a person can receive is one given by his or her leader; make a habit of being generous and sincere with your compliments.
  • When your people are having trouble seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, remind them of the purpose of their work and help them envision what their work will accomplish. 
  • Don’t judge what your people want to tell you before they’ve told you. Listen to them.
  • Part of your job as a leader is to help your people figure out what they’re most passionate about, and then to help them pursue it. 
“Never try to teach a pig to sing: it wastes your time and it annoys the pig.”
– Paul Dickson

“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.”
– Lee Iacocca

“I teach people how to treat me by what I will allow.” 
― Stephen R. Covey

“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.”
– Sam Walton

“All leadership is influence.”
– John C. Maxwell

“The undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites and passions” 

― Stephen R. Covey

As Sir Francis Bacon put it:

“Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.”

Everything and everyone changes. Leaders succeed when they lead change, but fail when they do not recognize the need to change. To recognize the need to change, you cannot rely on the “tried and true,” nor can you make intuitive decisions. You need decision making based on data collected internally and externally to your organization.

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Cherie Herring

Music/Technology Integration at Hammond School
I teach elementary music, am passionate about integrating technology into my teaching, am obsessed with my SMARTBoard and iPad, and enjoy creating lessons and sharing ideas. I love technology almost as much as I love cheesecake, and with more energy and ideas than I know what to do with, I can't wait for the sun to come up each morning! I'm wife to Prince Charming and mom to three incredible girls who keep me balanced. . . sort of!

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