Leadership Gold

Few people are successful unless a lot of people want them to be! We venerate great leaders, and we have the tendency to assume their accomplishments came about regardless of the assistance they received from others. The truth, however, is that no leader would be great without the support and help of teammates. As a leader, you will never get ahead until your people are behind you.

Gaining leadership insight is a lot like mining gold. You do not set out to look for dirt; you look for the nuggets.


  • If it’s lonely at the top, you’re not doing something right
  • The toughest person to lead is always yourself
  • Defining moments define your leadership
  • When you get kicked in the rear, you know you’re out in front
  • Never work a day in your life
  • The best leaders are listeners
  • Get in the zone and stay there
  • A leader’s first responsibility is to define reality
  • To see how the leader is doing, look at the people
  • Don’t send your ducks to eagle school
  • Keep your mind on the main thing
  • Your biggest mistake is not asking what mistake you are making
  • Don’t manage your time— manage your life
  • Keep learning to keep leading
  • Leaders distinguish themselves during tough times
  • People quit people, not companies
  • Be a connector, not just a climber
  • For everything you gain, you give something up

* From the work of John C. Maxwell