If you don’t already know who Marc Leder is, he is the co-founder of the highly successful private equity investment firm Sun Capital Partners. Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Leder was a smart kid and once he completed his degree in economics at the University of Philadelphia, he began working for Lehman Brothers. Leder would go on to become one of the youngest Senior Vice Presidents in the firm before leaving in 1995 to start his own venture. I have always looked up to Marc Leder for his acumen, his business nous and his desire to be successful in everything that he does be it business or philanthropy. I was fortunate enough to spend time with Marc and he shared with me some of his favorite leadership and business quotes which keep him inspired.
“Leadership qualities” are not the qualities that enable people to attract followers, but those that enable them to do without them. They include, at the very least, courage, endurance, patience, humor, flexibility, resourcefulness, stubbornness, a keen sense of reality, and the ability to keep a cool and clear head, even when things are going badly. True leaders, in short, do not make people into followers, but into other leaders.”— John Holt
“Look well to this day. Yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day”. – Francis Gray
“The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do”. – Roy L. Smith
“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” Ronald Reagan
“The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do”. – Dennis Waitley
“Too many companies believe people are interchangeable. Truly gifted people never are. They have unique talents. Such people cannot be forced into roles they are not suited for, nor should they be. Effective leaders allow great people to do the work they were born to do.” — Warren Bennis
“Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determinations.” — John Seaman Garns
The NBA is never just a business. It’s always business. It’s always personal. All good businesses are personal. The best businesses are very personal. – Mark Cuban
I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages. – Robert Bosch
The golden rule for every business man is this: Put yourself in your customer’s place. – Orison Swett Marden
Do you have some quotes which help to keep you focused or inspired? Let us know what you think in the comments section below this post.