Leadership According to Billy Graham

leadershipHere’s an interesting little book by Harold Myra and Marshall Shelley looking at The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham. Leadership might not be the first thing we associate with Billy Graham but Myra and Shelley demonstrate that Graham was a naturally brilliant leader. Here’s some of the standout quotes in the book. I’ve identified those not from BG in brackets:

  • “It’s not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena” (Teddy Roosevelt)
  • A keen sense of humour helps us overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerate the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected, and outlast the unbearable.
  • When wealth is lost, nothing is lost. When health is lost, something is lost. When character is lost, everything is lost.
  • Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn’t really matter.
  • Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything.
  • Leaders are dealers in hope. I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right.
  • Pray for a tough hide and tender heart.
  • Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.
  • “A person who has had a bull by the tail once has learned sixty or seventy times as much as a person who hasn’t” (Mark Twain)
  • Mountaintops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys.
  • Make no little plans. Make the biggest plan you can think of (Harry Truman)
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