22 Breathtaking Fred Kofman Quotes

Fred Kofman is a philosopher and Vice President of LinkedIn, operating one of the world’s largest business networks. As the author of ‘Conscious Business: How to Build Value Through Values,’ Kofman looks at the main source of achieving organizational greatness. Here is a look at some of the top Fred Kofman quotes to remember.

“A leader who does not confront broken commitments encourages polite complacency.”

“A small change in a senior manager’s behavior can send a big message.”

“Controllers want to prove that their perspective is the correct one. That proves that they are right—as a matter of self-worth, not just of accuracy. Controllers equate being right with being effective.”

“Freedom does not mean doing what you want without consequences; it means having the capacity to choose, in the face of a situation, the response that is most consistent with your values.”

“Happiness cannot be attained by wanting to be happy—it must come as the unintended consequence of working for a goal greater than oneself.”

“If it weren’t difficult enough to survive in this environment, everybody demands extraordinary results.”

“Leadership behaviors are one of the most critical influences on an organizational culture.”

“Leadership is about being more than knowing; about emotion more than cognition; about spirit more than matter. I couldn’t teach greatness in a traditional classroom style.”

“Leadership transforms individual potential into collective performance.”

“Most important, I learned that happiness and fulfillment do not come from pleasure but from meaning, from the pursuit of a noble purpose.”

“Only a conscious leader can evoke the spirit of unconditional responsibility in each of her followers and in her organization as a whole.”

“Our history predisposes us to see and feel certain things more than others.”

“Power is the prize of responsibility; accountability is its price.”

“Response-ability is your ability to respond to a situation. You can respond to an offer by choosing to buy or not to buy. You can respond to a complaint by choosing to listen or argue. I call response-ability.”

“The behavior of leaders exemplifies what people with power—and those who aspire to have it—are supposed to do.”

“The only way to generate a competitive advantage and long-term profitability is to attract, develop, and retain talented employees.”

“To change a culture, the leaders have to change the messages people receive about what they must do to fit in.”

“Unconditional blame is the tendency to explain all difficulties exclusively as the consequence of forces beyond your influence, to see yourself as an absolute victim of external circumstances.”

“Unconditional blamers believe that their problems are always someone else’s fault, and that there’s nothing they could have done to prevent them.”

“Unconditional response-ability is self-empowering. It lets you focus on those aspects of the situation that you can influence.”

“We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.”

“You can’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins.”

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