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Quotations from the AVMA VLE

Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.


My day is better when I give people a bit of my heart rather than a piece of my mind.

~ Pam Conley
You can read all the books you want. What makes a difference is your willingness to look into a mirror.

~Dr. Laura Schleshinger
You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.

~Woodrow Wilson
To operate in the world from the powerful position of a learner, one must develop a ‘questioning mindset’ ... Such a mindset is the opposite of one that stands in critical and negative judgment of every so-called ‘failure’.

~Marilee Goldberg
A good leader inspires others with confidence in him or her; a great leader inspires them with confidence in themselves.

Helping clients discover and clarify their values is a way to create a map that will guide them through the decision paths of their lives. When you clarify values with the client you learn more about what makes the client tick: what’s important and what’s not. Clients discover what is truly essential to them in their lives. It helps them take a stand and make choices based on what is fulfilling to them. When the value is not being honored, the client feels internal tension or dissonance.

~Whitworth et al., Co-active Coaching
The First Law of Leadership: If we don’t believe in the messenger, we won’t believe in the message.

~ James Kouzes and Barry Posner
Increasingly, leadership is defined not as what the leader does but rather as a process that engenders and is the result of relationships - relationships that focus on the interactions of both leaders and collaborators instead of focusing on only the competencies of the leaders.

~Leadership Development: Past, Present, and Future” by the Center for Creative Leadership
You can see a lot by observing.

~Yogi Berra
A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.

~Emily Dickenson
The only measure of what you believe is what you do. If you want to know what people believe, don’t read what they write, don’t ask them what they believe, just observe what they do.

~Ashley Montagu
Before I can walk in another person’s shoes, I must remove my own.

Remember, we learn nothing by speaking.

Good leaders must have a strong sense of self, know their personal strengths and weaknesses, and have a high degree of social awareness. Leadership isn’t about studying a list of ideal characteristics, but about knowing your ideal self - the way you want to be and what you want your future to look like.

~Dan Shogren

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Last Edited: Jun 12, 2008 4:45 PM
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