Leadership Insights From Seven Superstar Entrepreneurs

The world needs more leaders, more people, who inspire, motivate and bring the best in others. The business needs people with vision and desire for growth, improvement and positive impact.

There are natural-born leaders and there are people, who need to go the extra mile to improve their leadership skills. Both categories, however, should educate themselves on the best practices, style, and examples, if they want to be the best leaders for their organizations.

Great leaders focus on constant learning, growth, and improving. There is so much to learn from superstar leaders and world-class entrepreneurs, who have managed to re-shape whole industries and make a fortune along the way of chasing their dreams and staying true to their core values.

Here are 21 insights from super successful entrepreneurs that will inspire the leader within:

Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, writer, TV personality:

“So the pie isn’t perfect? Cut it into wedges. Stay in control, and never panic.”

“There are two kinds of people… There are the dreamers who go and buy, and there are the doers who go and make. And I’ve always recognized that. So the dreamers are what support our company because they will buy the product that they could make if they wanted to, had time to, or were so inclined to.”

“Everywhere I go, I always look for creative entrepreneurs, whether it’s artisans and craftsmen, small farmers and gardeners, or restaurateurs who use fresh, locally sourced ingredients. I admire the courage and self-reliance it takes to start your own business and make it succeed.”

Gary Vaynerchuk, entrepreneur, author, speaker and internet personality:

“No matter what you do, your job is to tell your story.”

“Look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself, what do I want to do every day for the rest of my life…do that.”

“Skills are cheap. Passion is priceless.”

Oprah Winfrey, media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist:

“When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.”

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”

John D. Rockefeller, oil industry business magnate, industrialist, and philanthropist:

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it.”

“If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.”

“Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.”

Sam Walton, founder of Walmart and Sam’s Club, businessman and entrepreneur:

“There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.”

“High expectations are the key to everything.”

“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.”

Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, business magnate, investor and philanthropist:

“You shouldn’t blindly accept a leader’s advice.  You’ve got to question leaders on occasion.”

“A company is people … employees want to know… am I being listened to or am I a cog in the wheel? People really need to feel wanted.”

“Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to keep things simple.”

Bill Gates, business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, humanitarian, and principal founder of the Microsoft Corporation:

“Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world…if you do so, you are insulting yourself.”

“I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”

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