Soul Food for Friday: 25 Great Quotes from the Catalyst Leader

Great book released this week by Brad Lomenick called The Catalyst Leader. Not only did the book offer great insights about leadership, it also offered some great quotes to feed my soul. Here’s 20 great quotes I discovered throughout this insightful book on change and leadership.

“When you live your life knowing the mission and calling and voice of God in your soul and you know where that compass is driving you forward, you will become a rare commodity in a world searching for direction.” — Erwin McManus

“Our sense of calling should be like an unfolding epic adventure.” — Christine Caine

“Instead of wondering what your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” — Seth Godin

“God’s personal invitation for me to work on His agenda, using the talents I’ve been given in ways that are eternally significant.” — Brad Lomenick and Life@Work Magazine

“Higher calling matters. When you care so deeply about the why—why you’re doing what you’re doing—then and only then are you operating in a way that allows you to overcome the obstacles.” — Dave Ramsey

“Be yourself. Authenticity trumps cool every time.” — Craig Groeschel

“Be strong in grace. Your grace, your gift, your ability, who God’s called you to be, just be yourself. . . . Don’t be anybody else, don’t compare yourself, just be you. If “you” is not everybody’s cup of tea, then don’t worry about it.” — Judah Smith

“The pinnacle of your Christian experience should be when you take everything that you’ve learned on the pew of your church, and it’s mattered on the pavement of your life’s circumstances.” — Priscilla Shirer

“Just keep taking the next step and keep having excellence in the ordinary.” — Dave Ramsey

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” — Abraham Lincoln

“A single act of courage is often the tipping point for extraordinary change.” — Andy Stanley

“Humble leaders are willing to pass on the credit but absorb the criticism, push others higher while making themselves lower, and put the desires of the team ahead of their own.” — Brad Lomenick

“Leaders lead from who they are on the inside. And that is why the God who made us is so eager to remake us on the inside.” — Gary Haugen

“Talent doesn’t win. Hard work, determination, and character wins. If you root your talent and ability in those things, then you have a powerful combination.” — Erwin McManus

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” — Colin Powell

“We plant sod where God wants to plant seed. He’s more interested in growing our character than having us look finished.” — Bob Goff

“Leadership functions on the basis of trust, and when the trust is gone, the leader soon will be.” — John Maxwell

“Your heart is the starting place for character, and it’s what gets God’s attention. Character is what turns your giftedness into influence, and unleashes God’s power.” — Andy Stanley

“Vision is the most powerful weapon in the leader’s arsenal.” — Bill Hybels

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams

“To imagine things other than they are is the essence of hope. It is also the stuff of revolution.” — Leonard Sweet

“If your vision doesn’t compel, move or stir people, your vision is too small.” — Craig Groeschel

“Refuse to do anything less than collaborate with people as you lead. Pull other people’s leadership into play.” — Nancy Ortberg

“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.” — C. S. Lewis

“The best teacher is not the one who knows most but the one who is most capable of reducing knowledge to that simple compound of the obvious and wonderful.” — H. L. Mencken

These 25 and so many more make The Catalyst Leader a great book to read to build your leadership soul. What words are feeding your soul and calling you to lead well today?


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