Excellence is not an accomplishment. It is a spirit, a never-ending process. Lawrence M. Miller In order to develop excellence as a leader we must be willing to acknowledge that developing it is not an accomplishment – it’s a never-ending process. It’s a process full of many awesome moments and many lonely days. It’s fun and exciting one day and then the next day we wonder why we ever wanted to lead in the first place. Many of us secretly fantasize about being a greeter at Walmart. Being a leader isn’t easy – it requires commitment for the long haul.
It’s not something we can just accomplish and then move on. Being a leader requires hard work, sacrifice, commitment and a willingness to grow ourselves. The leaders I admire most are the ones who give selflessly of themselves and make personal development a priority. I can not give of myself as I leader if I do not first take care of myself. Great leaders balance personal development and organizational development. Both are important and one without the other does not work. As I have observed great leaders, I find they all have some things in common. Great companies first build a culture of disciplineand create a business model that fits squarely in the intersection of three circles: what they can be best in the world at, a deep understanding of their economic engine, and the core values they hold with deep passion. ” ~ Jim Collins, author of Good To Great “We got it right when we said that we were in search of excellence. Not competitive advantage. Not economic growth. Not market dominance or strategic differentiation. Not maximized shareholder value.
ExcellenceIn Search of Excellence even the title is a reminder that business isnt dry, dreary, boring, or by the numbers. ” ~ @Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. ~ Aristotle If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude. ~ Colin Powell When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality. ~ Coach Joe Paterno “Excellence is not an accomplishment. It is a spirit, a never-ending process. ” ~ Lawrence M. Miller “The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it. ” ~ Pearl Buck “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. ” ~ Steve Jobs “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. ~ Vince Lombardi “My parents always told me that people will never know how long it takes you to do something. They will only know how well it is done. ” ~ Nancy Hanks “With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it. ” ~ Aristotle “Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence. ” ~ George F. Will “Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way. ” ~ Booker T. Washington “The noblest search… is the search for excellence. ” ~ Lyndon Baines Johnson