Here’s a thought-provoking guest post from Paul Thornton, a regular guest writer for Great Leadership. As a leader, what should the sign on your wall or desk say?W. Clement Stone began as a shoeshine boy and became a multimillionaire. He credits his success to three words: Do It Now. He required everyone who worked for him to write those words on index cards and post them in their work area.Over the past twenty years I have collected and analyzed many of the quotes leaders post on their office walls or keep on their desks. Many of these quotes are the guiding principle they followed to achieve success. Here are my top 15.1. “It can be done!” —Sign President Ronald Reagan kept on his desk in the Oval Office.Leaders are optimistic, upbeat, and positive. Reagan was known for his optimism and the ability to express ideas in a clear, eloquent, and quotable fashion.2. “No Whining” —Sign on the desk of James Parker, former CEO, Southwest Airlines.Victims wine and blame others. Leaders may get discouraged on occasion but never play the victim role.3. Bill Gates had a picture of Henry Ford in his office. It was there as a reminder to not do what Ford did. Ford didn’t listen to his customers. He knew his customers wanted the option to buy cars painted other colors besides black. This “fatal attitude” caused him to lose market share to upstart General Motors.4. “The Buck Starts Here!” —Sign on the desk of Donald Trump.Leaders see opportunity and take action. Non-leaders only see the status quo and sit still.
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