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Stitching with Golden Threads

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A Golden Rule for Cross-Curricular Integration: Sometimes wildly dissimilar topics can be stitched together by one golden thread.  Quality leadership is one of these threads.

Recently, Dave Kerpen collected some well-minted insights about leadership from experts who’ve spanned time and knowledge.

Dave’s goal to honor great leadership certainly can stand alone. Yet I think his post is an example of how a gold-standard priority, quality or goal can unify even the farthest reaches of the curriculum. So, yes, enjoy the many voices that contribute to the long excerpt from Dave’s blog that I share below.  And then seek the many other golden threads you can use to create a quilt of inquiry and concept mastery in your classroom.

Value Leadership
25 Leadership Quotes Curated by Dave Kerpen:

1) “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway
2) “The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.” – Ralph Nichols

3) “Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.” -Robert McKee
4) “If you tell me, it’s an essay. If you show me, it’s a story.” —Barbara Greene

5) “I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier.” -Oprah Winfrey
6) “Authenticity is the alignment of head, mouth, heart, and feet – thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing – consistently. This builds trust, and followers love leaders they can trust.” -Lance Secretan

7) “As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the truth.” -John Whittier
8) “There is no persuasiveness more effectual than the transparency of a single heart, of a sincere life.” -Joseph Berber Lightfoot

Team Playing
9) “Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds.” -SEAL Team Saying
10) “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

11) “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” -Charles Swindoll
12) ‘”Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates

13) “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” -Ben Franklin
14) “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” –Charles Darwin

15) “The only way to do great work is to love the work you do.” -Steve Jobs
16) “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” -Albert Einstein

Surprise and Delight
17) “A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.” -Charles de Gaulle
18) “Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.” – Boris Pasternak

19) “Less isn’t more; just enough is more.” -Milton Glaser
20) “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” -Leonardo daVinci

21) “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” -Gilbert K Chesterton
22) “The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

23) “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” — Peter F. Drucker
24) “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” —John Quincy Adams
25) “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” —John F. Kennedy

Lead on, Teachers! Lead on!

4 thoughts on “Stitching with Golden Threads”

  1. Thank you Katie for sharing these great quotations. I like ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,’ and ‘the essence of . . . great art is gratitude.’ Oh, and one more: ‘Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.’ Actually, I like them all.

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