Leadership Teachings of the Dalai Lama

Learn 31 Leadership Teachings (Quotes) of the Dalai Lama

Thanks for stoping by and reading my leadership blog. In this blog I cover leadership principles and business strategies that will help you succeed as a leader and entrepreneur. This week I've been inspired by the simple leadership teachings of the 14th Dalai Lama.

Leadership Exercise

Do this simple exercise. Grab a post it note and a pencil. Read the leadership principles below and write down three you want to apply this week at work. Then place the three principles on the post it notes at eye level. Read them through out the day. How are they helping drive new actions during your day? How are they helping you become a better leader? Let's get started.

31 Leadership Principles that Will Help You Inspire Others to Do Great Work

1. Nothing is permanent.

2. Smile if you want a smile from another face.

3. Love and compassion are the pillars of world peace.

4. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to achieve it.

5. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

6. You have to start giving first and expect absolutely nothing.

7. Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.

8. Kindness is the key to peace and harmony in life.

9. Spend some time alone each day.

10. The purpose of our lives is to be happy.

11. Don't let a little dispute injure a friendship.

12. Follow the three R's: Respect for self, respect for others, and responsibility for all your actions.

13. Happiness mainly comes from our own attitudes, rather than external factors.

14. Human Potential is the same for all. If you have the will power, then you can change anything.

15. I believe we are fundamentally the same and have the same basic potential.

16. If you have no compassion for yourself, then you aren't capable of developing compassion for others.

17. Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.

18. Through money or power you cannot solve all problems. The problem in the human heart must be solved first.

19. When you practice contentment you can say to yourself. Oh yes, I already have everything that I really need.

20. If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.

21. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

22. In the practice of tolerance. One's enemy is the best teacher.

23. It's necessary to combine knowledge born from study with sincere practice in our daily lives. These two must go together.

24. See the positive side, the potential, and make an effort.

25. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

26. The more you nurture a feeling of loving kindness, the happier and calmer you will be.

27. The ultimate source of happiness is our mental attitude.

28. True compassion is not just an emotional response but a firm commitment founded on reason.

29. We have to make a sustained effort, again and again, to cultivate the positive aspects within us.

30. What unites all beings is their desire for happiness.

31. With realization of one's own potential & self confidence in one's ability. One can build a better world.

After reading through the Dalai Lama leadership principles. Which ones are the most impactful to you? Which ones have you used as a leader to help others on your team unlock their potential and find happiness at work?

Remember to do the leadership exercise above.