“Hire for the people you are going to need, not the people you currently need.” Sheryl Sandberg
That quote from the 2017 Global Leadership Summit was one I immediately wrote down, underlined 3 times, and added an exclamation mark. In one easy to remember phrase, Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook gave Summit leaders a breakthrough way to look at building a team.
And the best part? That was just one of dozens of leadership gems that were provided by speakers at this year’s Summit.
What I have compiled is not a “Top 10” list, nor a “Best of…” list. These are simply my favorite quotes from this year’s Summit. These are the sound bites that resonated with me in an immediate, and profound way. These are the quotes I’ll be reviewing and thinking about for weeks, months, and in some cases years to come.
I hope they speak to your own leadership too.
Leaders must set the example of how to differ without demonizing people.
Leaders must set rules of respect for everyone in the organization and they must enforce them relentlessly.
What we see ourselves becoming is what we can become.
We blame women for not doing housework perfectly and we applaud men for doing any of it at all.
More people experience post-traumatic growth than who experience post-traumatic stress.
As leaders it is our responsibility to be stewards of our people.
Definition of an idea: A person takes knowledge and information and combines it in a new way.
Most of us are stuck doing things the way we have always done it because that is how someone told us to do it.
Leadership requires that the people we serve believe we are with them. And that requires proximity.
Hopefulness is essential for effective leadership.
The opposite of poverty is not wealth. The opposite of poverty is justice.
“Uniquely better” is often the byproduct of circumstances that your industry is trying to avoid.
You want to give your people meaning in their work.
The huge mistake most organizations make is they fail to trust their people.
If you are a leader, give people more freedom than you are comfortable with.
The addled mind cannot produce breakthrough ideas.
Never rush the cooking of a great idea.
Your job as a leader is to understand what happens on the best teams so you can make more teams like them.
People don’t want feedback. They want attention.
In leadership you don’t attract who you want, you attract who you are.
Real and sustainable change in people’s lives begins with a change in their sense of identity.
Grit is sustained passion and perseverance for especially long-term goals.
All of the finest leadership learning in the world can be rendered useless by fear.