The Gifts of Leadership: What You Really Do For Others

This morning, I’m thinking about gifts that touch us deeply and change us profoundly. I’m not thinking about a bottle of wine or tickets to a play.

The first gift leaders give is belief.


Doubt is a virtue.

You doubt rosy reports and projections. You doubt everyone who says, “Don’t worry.” You’re skeptical of unproven systems and untested people. Leaders believe cautiously.

If you’re smart, you doubt yourself a little. But a little doubt, like hot sauce, goes a long way.

Those who change us believe in us.


Big sticks make bosses. But the tool of influence is belief.

The more you believe in someone, the more influence you have with them. The less you believe in someone, the more resistance they feel toward you.

Someone believed in you. Be that person for someone else.

Failure and belief:

Belief means most when it’s difficult to give.

Nothing says I believe in you like a second chance.

Believe when someone fails responsibly. (Responsible failure happens when someone gives their best and fails.)

A third or fourth chance – after the same failure – says you’re irresponsible. You should have changed something.

The gift of belief:

Leaders change us when they believe in us.

  1. Rely on someone today. Give them a small project with a short timeline if they’re untested. Belief says, “I’m counting on you.”
  2. Demonstrate confidence today. Everyone on your team knows more about something than you. Ask a question. Go with their answer.
  3. Respect someone today. Don’t judge them by who you are. See theirstrengths. A statement like, “You’re really good at taking responsibility,” says, “I believe in you.”

If people believe in you, teach them to believe in themselves.

What are some gifts leaders give others?

How might leaders demonstrate belief in others today?



25 Inspiring Quotes From Mahatma Gandhi

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Today, the 2nd of October, is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti in India to mark the occasion of the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.

Like millions of people around the globe, I too have derived tremendous inspiration from Gandhi’s life and teachings. It’s a measure of the man’s greatness and foresightedness that nearly seven decades after his death, his words are even more relevant today than they were back then. If only we pay more heed to the Mahatma’s words, the world would be a far more peaceful and compassionate place to live in.

On this special day, I thought it would be a great idea to share 25 of my most favourite Gandhi quotes with you… hope you find them as inspirational as I do!

1. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

2. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

3. “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

4. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

5. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

6. “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

7. “Whatever you do will be insignificant. But it is very important that you do it.

8. “Nobody can hurt you without your permission.

9. “Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world but being able to remake ourselves.

10. “What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror refection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.

11. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

12. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.

13. “There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.

14. “You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy my body, but you will never imprison my mind.

15. “Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.

16. “Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.

17. “An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.

18. “The future depends on what you do today.

19. “No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.

20. “It is my conviction that nothing enduring can be built on violence.

21. “An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propogation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.

22. “My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.

23. “In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.

24. “Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.

25. “I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.

And finally, one bonus quote from the great man which embodies everything he stood for…

26. “My life is my message.