May 28 '14

Leadership takeaways from Maya Angelou

Following news of the passing of legendary author and poet Maya Angelou earlier this week, LinkedIn influencer and Reuters columnist Lucy P. Marcus eloquently said:

"Reading I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings as a young person had a profound impact on me, as she wrote about things I'd never experienced and yet I was the same age as those in the book. Like all of her work, it challenged me, expanded my mind and was relatable and yet unknowable."

Marcus went on to compile a list of some her favorite quotes from Angelou that also provide insightful leadership tips.

These quotes include:

1. The only thing is, people have to develop courage. It is most important of all the virtues. Because without courage, you can't practice any other virtues consistently.

2. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

3. Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.

4. Those of us who submitted or surrendered our ideas and dreams and identities to the 'leaders' must take back our rights, our identities, our responsibilities.

5. If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.

Continue reading this list of tips put together by Lucy P. Marcus on LinkedIn.