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  • Writer's pictureVicki Ryan

Part 4: Quotes & Books on leadership

This is part 4 of a 4-part blog series featuring insights from leaders on leadership. Each leader was asked questions designed to learn about their ways of working, ways of being and ways they lead others.

Here are some favorite quotes, books, and podcast recommendations from this leader group.

What is your favorite leadership quote? What is on your leadership book shelf or podcast playlist?

My thoughts: While I never had and never will manage to pick a favorite, I sure enjoyed hearing about what inspires these leaders and helps them continue to grow.

  • Golda Meir said, “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into the flames of achievement.”

  • Whether you think you can or cannot, you are right. And the team version: Whether we think we can or think we cannot, we are right.

  • The Power of the Pause.

  • Reality Check: It is never as bad as you think it is.

  • Humility Check: And probably never as good, either. (smile)

  • Leadership is not about titles, positions or work hours. It’s about relationships. Jim Kouzes


  • The Next Level by Scott Eblin

  • Wisdom at Work by Chip Conley

  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

  • The Extraordinary Leader by Dr. John H. (Jack) Zenger and Joe Folkman

  • Multipliers by Liz Weizman

  • Love ‘em or Lose ‘em by Kaye & Jordan Evans

  • Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey

  • Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin


  • The 90th Percentile by ZengerFolkman

  • The Brain Lady Speaks

  • Innovating Leadership: Co-Creating Our Future

  • The HBR Channel

  • Ted Talks

  • Adam Grant

Please comment and/or share your thoughts below. You never know who may benefit from your story the way these leaders have inspired so many, me included. Thank you for leading, growing and learning.

My most sincere gratitude to the leaders who have shared their insights, feedback, and coaching including Anne, Connie, Diane, Dick, Jack, Laura, Linda, Pam, Rob and Roy.

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