Good leaders must communicate vision clearly, creatively, and continually. However, the vision doesn't come alive until the leader models it.

Everyone has the potential to become an encourager. You don't have to be rich. You don't have to be a genius. You don't have to have it all together. All you have to do is care about people and initiate.

In the end, people are persuaded not by what we say, but by what they understand.

A minute of thought is greater than an hour of talk.

Everything rises and falls on leadership.

Without failure there is no achievement.

The best leaders are readers of people. They have the intuitive ability to understand others by discerning how they feel and recognizing what they sense.

Teamwork makes the dream work.

Ranking among the greatest Christmas movie classics, 'It's a Wonderful Life' tells a beautiful story about the priceless value of relationships.

Good executives never put off until tomorrow what they can get someone else to do today.

Time is more valuable than money, because time is irreplaceable.

Self-centered leaders manipulate when they move people for personal benefit. Mature leaders motivate by moving people for mutual benefit.

I vividly remember a conversation I had many years ago in 1974, which marked a turning point in my leadership journey. I was sitting at a Holiday Inn with my friend, Kurt Campmeyer, when he asked me if I had a personal growth plan. I didn't. In fact, I didn't even know you were supposed to have one.

Nobody likes working with a leader who is full of himself and works only for his own benefit. People want to work with a leader who displays humility.

Educators take something simple and make it complicated. Communicators take something complicated and make it simple.

The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.

When you are full of pride on the inside, it makes you stiff, stubborn, and creates strife with others.

Life can be boring unless you put some effort into it.

If you want to reach the top, don't run over others. Likely, the only way you'll reach the top is to be carried there by others.

When a person starts to talk about their dreams, it's as if something bubbles up from within. Their eyes brighten, their face glows, and you can feel the excitement in their words.

A big man is one who makes us feel bigger when we are with him.

When the leader lacks confidence, the followers lack commitment.

As you get older, time speeds up but life slows down.

Success comes to those who have an entire mountain of gold that they continually mine, not those who find one nugget and try to live on it for fifty years.

The dreams and passions stored within hearts are powerful keys which can unlock a wealth of potential.

Have the humility to learn from those around you.

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes smart enough to profit from them and strong enough to correct them.

Growth is the great separator between those who succeed and those who do not. When I see a person beginning to separate themselves from the pack, it's almost always due to personal growth.

One of the roles of the Presidency is to lead a political party. Having a President in office is usually a huge advantage to a party because it gives the party a mouthpiece and an advocate at the highest level.

Policies are many, Principles are few, Policies will change, Principles never do.

Your attitude towards failure determines your altitude after failure.

The best way a mentor can prepare another leader is to expose him or her to other great people.

Most people don't like change. They revolt against it unless they can clearly see the advantage it brings. For that reason, when good leaders prepare to take action or make changes, they take people through a process to get them ready for it.

Keeping score is for games, not friendships.

Positive thinking must be followed by positive doing.

Live to learn, and you will really learn to live.

Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.

Leadership is influence.

When your dream is bigger than you are, you only have two choices: give up or get help.

The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda.

A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.

Every person has a longing to be significant; to make a contribution; to be a part of something noble and purposeful.

A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential.

Family and friendships are two of the greatest facilitators of happiness.

Preparation + Attitude + Opportunity + Action = Luck.

Most people want to avoid pain, and discipline is usually painful.

Children astound me with their inquisitive minds. The world is wide and mysterious to them, and as they piece together the puzzle of life, they ask 'Why?' ceaselessly.

Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have.

Failed plans should not be interpreted as a failed vision. Visions don't change, they are only refined. Plans rarely stay the same, and are scrapped or adjusted as needed. Be stubborn about the vision, but flexible with your plan.