Leadership Trait to Ponder: Hard Work

Leadership-Hard-Work-Dedication-Todd-NielsenToday the leadership trait to ponder is Hard Work.  This might sound a little bit odd of a thing to ponder. I think most leaders and managers probably believe they work too many hours as it is; but being busy and working long hours, does not necessarily mean you are working smart or even working hard. The dictionary defines Hard Work as: “Characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks; tending to work with energy and commitment; persistence in action to carry out our tasks, no matter the size of the obstacle or reason to not continue to carry on.” Below are some of my favorite quotes to help inspire and illustrate what it takes to be a great leader, through the characteristic of working hard. As you read these quotes, think about your own work ethic, and how you exemplify this leadership trait within yourself. Later this week I will be talking more about this topic and sharing the most important lesson I was ever taught. 

Quotes on Hard work

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” ~Colin Powell

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” ~Colin Powell

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” ~Vince Lombardi

Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Accordingly a genius is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework.” ~Thomas Edison

I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe.” ~Margaret Thatcher

Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.” ~Booker T. Washington

I do not believe in excuses. I believe in hard work as the prime solvent of life’s problems.” ~James Cash Penney

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” ~Thomas Edison

Temporary success can be achieved in spite of lack of other fundamental qualities, but no advancements can be maintained without hard work.” ~William Feather

No great achiever – even those who made it seem easy – ever succeeded without hard work.” -Jonathan Sacks

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About Todd Nielsen

Todd Nielsen helps organizations create miracles of success and profitability through the power of execution. Having served as Vice-President, President, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, and Chief Executive Officer of organizations, he has learned how to create a culture that "Gets Things Done." He is passionate about leadership, and is a dynamic and inspirational speaker.


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