Memorable Quotes

Monday, February 28, 2011

“The best time to plant an oak tree was twenty years ago; the second best time is now.”

“The great tragedy of the average man is that he goes to his grave with his music still in him.” (Longfellow)

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.”

In different ways, these quotes are driving to a similar theme – reminding us to live purposely; live passionately; live intentionally.

Leadership

Friday, February 18, 2011

“You’re not leadin’ if no one’s followin’.“ Most of us have heard this statement or a variation. I think it’s true…to a point. Occasionally, a person or an organization has to stand alone and lead from conviction even if theirs is a single voice. I’m reading Eric Metaxas’s powerful biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Christian martyr who stood up to Hitler and the complicit German church and was executed for his defiance just before the end of the war. Bonhoeffer “stood in the gap” and paid for it with his life. Though he has been dead for over 60 years, he still speaks today through his written words and his life that backed them up. A man of deep conviction and a courageous leader.

Whether an individual or an institution, I believe leadership can be summed up as follows: Bold in Vision; Disciplined in Execution; Humble in Spirit.

Gladney has been a leader in the field of adoption for 125 years. We aim to continue that legacy by being bold, disciplined and yes, even humble, as an organization.

How do you define leadership?