By: Tyler Schaefer 

Throughout history, there have been great leaders in many different fields, from civil rights to sports to politics.  By studying these extraordinary individuals, we can apply their leadership styles and practices to today’s business world.  One of history’s most often quoted individuals is John F. Kennedy, and with good reason.  Here are a few that are truly applicable to today’s world.

“Man is the most extraordinary computer of all”

In the fast paced world of social media and mobile technology, it can be easy to forget about the most basic element in any business:  people.  In spite of the plethora of devices, the most important connection is still the human one.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”

Have you ever seen a “minor” issue turn into a mountain of trouble during the chaos of an impending deadline? Don’t fall into this trap. Save yourself time and stress by fixing potential problems when you spot them, not when they actually come to fruition.

“Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”

We get it…you’ve found something new and exciting for your company, now you’re eager to get under way. STOP! Make sure you have a good plan in place before you embark. The extra time spent in preparation will come back tenfold in your results.

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

Each member of a team brings a unique set of talents and perspective to the table. Maintaining an open dialogue will not only allow for learning from each other, but will engender greater creativity.  Everyone has something to contribute…you just need to listen.

“Change is the law of life. And those who only look to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

A lot can be said for staying in your foxhole, but it’s not going to win the battle. On the business battlefield, it is not enough to just follow trends or rest on what has been successful in the past. Instead, strive to be the company that anticipates new initiatives and leads the way. Dare to be original.