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Words from the wise: what can you learn from leaders around the world?

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You can learn as much from the philosophy of a business guru or world-famous author as you can your line managers. Nursing Times shares some of its favourite inspirational quotes to motivate you as a leader

  • It is a waste of time to be angry about my disability. One has to get on with life and I haven’t done badly. People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.” Stephen Hawking, quoted in Return of the Time Lord in The Guardian 09/27/05
  • “I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved. I know that I can give love for a minute, for half an hour, for a day, for a month, but I can give. I am very happy to do that, I want to do that.” Princess Diana, Panorama Interview, BBC1 1995
  • “I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.” Larry King
  • “I’ve always said that other than bad ideas, which is a reason for failure, the ability to never ever quit or give up is something that is very, very important for success as an entrepreneur.” Donald Trump, interview 2011
  • “I have to take the time to find people who are more knowledgeable than I am, and then I have to accept that everything won’t go exactly the way it would if I were leading. Sometimes things go a lot better.” Richard Branson, interview with Oprah for O Magazine, 2007
  • “I’d deliver my ties to stores wearing a bomber jacket and jeans. One by one, the ties started selling and people started talking about them. That’s when I began making other products.” Ralph Lauren, interview with Oprah for O Magazine, 2002
  • “My dad only gave me two bits of advice. One was: Always be nice to police officers. Second was: Always drink the best French wine you can afford. It was brilliant advice. If you work really hard, you’ve got to have pleasures. And there’s no greater pleasure as you get older than a great glass of wine.” Piers Morgan, Esquire interview 2011
  • “The real key to success is to find a good idea and take immediate and massive action.” Bill Gates
  • You usually can’t change people’s minds by the intellect. You’ve got to find something that reaches into their hearts…  if you can find a story, if you can make them think and not be defensive, sometimes the toughest person can change.” Jane Goodall, Environmental activist
  • “As a leader, one should spend more time than others planning for the future.” Li Ka-Shing, Hong Kong business mogul and philanthropist


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