The following are 13 of the best inspirational leadership quotes from former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, with some nice images that are free to download and use as wallpaper.
“I am convinced that most people can achieve their dreams and beyond if they have the determination to keep trying.”
“When you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible.”
“You can’t build any kind of organization if you’re not going to surround yourself with people who have experience and skill base beyond your own.”
“I think the currency of leadership is transparency. You’ve got to be truthful. I don’t think you should be vulnerable every day, but there are moments where you’ve got to share your soul and conscience with people and show them who you are, and not be afraid of it.”
“Profitability is a shallow goal if it doesn’t have a real purpose, and the purpose has to be share the profits with others.”
“In life, you can blame a lot of people and you can wallow in self-pity, or you can pick yourself up and say, ‘Listen, I have to be responsible for myself.’”
“People ask me what’s the most important function when you’re starting an organization or setting up the kind of culture and values that are going to endure. The discipline I believe so strongly in is H.R., and its the last discipline that gets funded.”
“I think many start-ups make mistakes because they are focusing on things that are farther ahead, and they haven’t done the work that has built the foundation to support it.”
“I’ve traveled around the world, and what’s so revealing is that, despite the differences in culture, politics, language, how people dress, there is a universal feeling that we all want the same thing. We deeply want to be respected and appreciated for our differences.”
“Often, organizations need bold, grand gestures to galvanize people towards a new mission or refocus their attention.”
“You must find something that you deeply love and are passionate about and are willing to sacrifice a lot to achieve.”
“The hardest thing about being a leader is demonstrating or showing vulnerability… When the leader demonstrates vulnerability and sensibility and brings people together, the team wins.”
“Success is not sustainable if it is defined by how big you become or by growth for growth’s sake. Success is very shallow if it doesn’t have emotional meaning.”
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