If you’re looking to find out where highly successful leaders get their inspiration – here is the answer.
Self-made billionaire Richard Branson is worth an estimated $5.1 billion, according to Forbes which he has derived from more than 60 businesses that he has overseen.
Sharing of his leadership tips has been a trait for Branson. after announcing the closing of the Virgin America brand in 2019 in March, Branson wrote an emotional farewell letter to all and sundry. “Know when to fold ’em, love the journey and stay positive” are the three key lessons all business leaders can learn is included in the letter.
In a recent blog post, discussions about the issue of what inspires him to be a great leader was once again made by the serial entrepreneur once again.
“At Virgin it’s all about putting your people first and having a desire to want to change the world of business for the better,” says the billionaire. But the lessons don’t end there.
for the month of September, his company has focused on the “leadership theme”, the business magnate explains. This got him thinking about his favorite quotes from some of the world’s most “inspiring change-makers,” who run the gamut from historical figures to technological pioneers.
The following is the list of Branson’s top 10 quotes on inspiring leadership:
Thomas A. Edison, who said “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Barack Obama is second on the list for his quote – “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
Also included in the list is Paul Polman whose quote – “Leadership is not just about giving energy … it’s unleashing other people’s energy,” has encouraged Branson over the years.
Wendy Kopp’s’ quote – “Inexperience is an asset. Embrace it,” is also an encouraging one for Branson.
“Simply put: we don’t build services to make money; we make money to build better services,” is the quote from Mark Zuckerberg which Branson also finds inspirational and encouraging.
The quote from Seth Godin Seth Godin – “Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work,” is also an encouraging one for Branson.
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower,” as said by Steve Jobs has influenced Branson to a great extent.
Former U.N. General Secretary, Kofi Annan’s quote which says: “We need to think of the future and the planet we are going to leave to our children and their children,” is also dear to him.
The quote: “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence,” by Sheryl Sandberg has also influenced him as an entrepreneur.
And at number 10 is a quote from Sara Blakely who says: “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.”
(Adapted from CNBC)