Top 12 Inspirational Leadership Quotes For 2017


Do you want to become an inspired leader in 2017—one who makes a big difference in your team, your organization, and society?

A good place to start is to review the qualities and practices of exceptional leaders, which have remained the same since the beginning of civilization, as summarized in a book M.A. Soupios and I co-authored, The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership.

Here are 12 quotes from the book that provide a glimpse into the qualities and practices of great leaders:

  1. Skills and experience might land you a leadership position, but they don’t make you a true leader.
  2. Leadership comes from inside—and the greatest leaders first question themselves before they tackle the world around them. To aid in this critical interrogation.
  3. The “fate” of organizations is not based on the stars. The character of an organization’s leadership determines a company’s destiny.
  4. The assumption of authority brings out the leader’s inner world.

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The Hardest Confession

Silence Unchained

img_8617The hardest part about this campaign for me, is not admitting to the world I was abused.
I spent years conditioning myself to believe I could take pain. Of all kinds.
Many of us do this.
Emotionally, physically, verbally, mentally, psychologically, and even spiritually I found ways to convince myself daily that it was better for me to endure than someone else. I was “strong.” I was “selfless.”
The part of this confession I still struggle to accept is that the people who hurt me are in fact “abusers.” I was also a self-abuser. I had to be freed from myself.

Regardless what I told myself or you tell yourself – the fact remains they are abusers. You have been abused. They abused you. You abused you by staying and believing the things you were told. And it won’t just go away. You have to let them go. You have to…

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One Year Challenge Complete

Candy's Devotionals

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Exactly one year ago today I listened to a sermon titled “Rethink It” by Andy Stanly, who is the pastor at North Point Community Church in Atlanta, Georgia. The sermon series was titled Starting Over: How to ensure next time won’t be like last time, and Andy was emphasizing the importance of renewing your mind. He thought that the key to not making the same mistakes over and over was renewing your mind, and truly giving yourself the appropriate amount of time to go through this process. He then challenged people to take a one year challenge from making any major life decisions. For some people it may be not making a large purchase for a year, or not moving to another city, or not getting into another relationship. For my one year challenge I choose to not date for a year to really take the time to restore my…

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How My 2016 Goals Went, and My 2017 Goals


First off, it feels foreign to type that year—as you surely know from every transition on school papers, documents, and other stuff we do annually. Second of all, I realize there’s a good amount of evidence and simple sentiment against writing “New Year’s Resolutions.” Usually, these arguments come in these forms:

  • “We never keep New Year’s resolutions. Just look at the gym numbers that drop every February.”
  • “You should start improving your life now, not when the calendar changes over.”
  • “Resolutions are just ploys to make people feel better about themselves for “trying.””

Well, here are my reasons for writing this post about my goals for 2017, in the face of those fairly valid statements:

  • Sure, I may not keep every single resolution I make. But this year, I did keep one. I’ll get into that in a minute!
  • Yes, life improvement should be a constant process; and new seasons…

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