24 Quotes on Leadership from the Chick-fil-A Leadercast

May 7, 2012

A friend and I had the privilege of attending the 2012 Chick-fil-A Leadercast this past week. It is a one-day conference featuring speakers like Andy Stanley, John Maxwell, Patrick Lencioni, Tim Tebow, Urban Meyer, and many others. The event was simulcast to over 126,000 leaders around the world. The leadership content was outstanding.

I thought I would share a few of the quotes on leadership from the event:


All choices lead you somewhere; where they lead you is up to you.

On an average day, we make 8,746 choices.

“You can be a looter or a lifeline. The choice is yours.” – Soledad O’Brien

“The goal of leadership is not to eradicate uncertainty but rather to navigate it.” – Andy Stanley

“Your successor should already be on your payroll.” – Dan Cathy (CEO of Chick-fil-A)

“If everything is important, then nothing is.” – Patrick Lencioni

“Money comes, money goes. But your story stays with you the rest of your life.” – Andy Stanley

“If you can raise the level of effort and performance in those around you, you are officially a leader.” – Urban Meyer

“Don’t worry about what you can’t control. Our focus and energy needs to be on the things we CAN control. Attitude, effort, focus- these are the things we can control…” – Tim Tebow

“When athletes & entertainers say, ‘I’m not a role model,’ I say, ‘Yes you are; you’re just not a very good one.'” – Tim Tebow

“Authenticity is your most precious commodity as a leader.” – Marcus Buckingham

The 2012 Speakers

“Everyone is instinctive in their area of giftedness.” – John Maxwell

“We were born in debt. By the time we were born, we owed our mother for 9 months of room and board.” – John Maxwell

“If we have to know without a doubt that the choices we are making are the perfect ones, we risk never making any choices at all.” – Marcus Buckingham

Some peoples’ idea of progress is moving backwards slowly.

If you’re at the head of the class, you’re in the wrong class.

The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda.

The road to success is uphill all the way. 

If you wouldn’t bet on yourself, why should anyone else bet on you?

The average American is exposed to 3,000 advertisements each day.

Effective leaders see choices through others’ eyes.

People become greedy when they lose the value of what is free.

A leader is someone who can live with nothing, yet have everything.

“It’s interesting how people are always wanting to change their circumstances, but never wanting to change themselves.” – James Allen

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