Simon Sinek Quotes

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“100% of customers are people. 100% of employees are people. If you don’t understand people you don’t understand business.”

“A boss has the title, a leader has the people.”

“A boss wants to pay for results, an employee wants recognition for effort. If a boss recognizes effort, they will get even better results.”

“A culture is strong when people work with each other, for each other. A culture is weak when people work against each other, for themselves.”

“A good leader shares information, even if they don't know the whole story. Without any information, people create their own, which causes fear and paranoia.”

“A leader is the one who speaks last and acts first.”

“A leader must be inspired by the people before a leader can inspire the people.”

“A leader should not take credit when things go right if they are not willing to accept responsibility when things go wrong.”

“A leader, first and foremost, is human. Only when we have the strength to show our vulnerability can we truly lead.”

“A leader’s job is not to do the work for others; it’s to help others figure out how to do it themselves, to get things done and to succeed beyond what they thought possible.”

“A movement only exists when people are inspired to move, to do something, to make the cause their own.”

“A poor leader will tell you how many people work for them. A great leader will tell you how many people they work for.”

“A small team, committed to a cause bigger than themselves, can achieve absolutely anything.”

“A star wants to see himself rise to the top.
A leader wants to see those around him rise to the top.”

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“A team is not a group of people that work together. A team is a group of people that trust each other.”

“Achievement happens when we pursue and attain what we want. Success comes when we are in clear pursuit of why we want it.”

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“An old Buddhist parable illustrates the challenge — and the value — of letting go of the past. Two monks were strolling by a stream on their way home to the monastery. They were startled by the sound of a young woman in a bridal gown, sitting by the stream, crying softly. Tears rolled down her cheeks as she gazed across the water. She needed to cross to get to her wedding, but she was fearful that doing so might ruin her beautiful handmade gown.

In this particular sect, monks were prohibited from touching women. But one monk was filled with compassion for the bride. Ignoring the sanction, he hoisted the woman on his shoulders and carried her across the stream — assisting her journey and saving her gown.

She smiled and bowed with gratitude as the monk splashed his way back across the stream to rejoin his companion. The second monk was livid. ‘How could you do that?’ he scolded. ‘You know we are forbidden to touch a woman, much less pick one up and carry her around!’

The offending monk listened in silence to a stern lecture that lasted all the way back to the monastery. His mind wandered as he felt the warm sunshine and listened to the singing birds. After returning to the monastery, he fell asleep for a few hours. He was jostled and awakened in the middle of the night by his fellow monk.

‘How could you carry that woman?’ his agitated friend cried out. ‘Someone else could have helped her across the stream. You were a bad monk.’

‘What woman?’ the sleepy monk inquired. ‘Don’t you even remember? That woman you carried across the stream,’ his colleague snapped.

‘Oh, her,’ laughed the sleepy monk. ‘I only carried her across the stream. You carried her all the way back to the monastery.’

The learning point is simple: When it comes to our flawed past, leave it at the stream. I am not suggesting that we should always let go of the past. You need feedback to scour the past and identify room for improvement. But you can’t change the past. To change you need to be sharing ideas for the future.”

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“Actions speak louder than words. All companies say they care, right? But few actually exercise that care.”

“All of the great inspiring leaders and organizations in the world think, act, and communicate in the exact same way, and it’s the complete opposite of everyone else.”

“Always plan for the fact that no plan ever goes according to plan.”

“Any great and inspiring leader or organization that ever existed set out to do something completely unrealistic.”

“At well led companies, people talk about the strength of the values. At poorly led companies, people complain about the pay & benefits.”

“Authenticity is more than speaking; Authenticity is also about doing. Every decision we make says something about who we are.”

“Authorities act with themselves in mind. Leaders act with others in mind. Authorities take. Leaders give. Authorities die. Leaders live on.”

“Babe Ruth was not afraid to strike out. And it was this fearlessness that contributed to his remarkable career.”

“Bad leaders believe that they have to project control at all times.”

“Bad leaders care about who is right. Good leaders care about what is right.”

“Be obsessed with your mission and cause. Not beating your competition.”

“Be the leader you wish you had.”

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“Being right doesn't make us trustworthy. Being honest makes us trustworthy.”

“Champions are not the ones who always win races – champions are the ones who get out there and try. And try harder the next time. And even harder the next time. ‘Champion’ is a state of mind. They are devoted. They compete to best themselves as much if not more than they compete to best others. Champions are not just athletes.”

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“A bunch of people who never talk to each other and are always working on independent projects are not really working as a team.”

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