Margaret Thatcher on Leadership


Margaret_thatcher_2007Remembering Margaret Thatcher  (13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013)

Margaret Thatcher served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979-1990. She was the only woman to have ever held the position of leadership, and was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century.

Here are a few of her famous quotes:

on living well:  “Watch your thoughts for they become words.
Watch your words for they become actions.
Watch your actions for they become habits.
Watch your habits for they become your character.
And watch your character for it becomes your destiny.
What we think, we become.
My father always said that… and I think I am fine.”

on loving deeply: “Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope.”Paraphrased quote of St. Francis of Assisi, after Thatcher won election in 1979

on leading courageously: “Defeat-I do not recognize the meaning of the word!” Speech, 1982

on learning continuously:  It’s passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election. 

on leaving a legacy: “It used to be about trying to do something. Now it’s about trying to be someone.”

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About Steve Morgan

I work in Global Leadership Development with Cru with my wife, Terry. We have been married 30 years and have 4 grown children. We have a Masters in Global Leadership together through Azusa Pacific University. I generally write about 5 “L’s: Living Well, Loving Deeply, Learning Continuously, Leading Courageously and Leaving a Legacy. I occasionally write about Laughing Loudly. Subscribe on the right side to receive an email whenever there is a new post. I invite you to leave your comments so we can dialogue on the various topics and learn from each other. If you are new to the site, you might start with looking at some of the top posts or doing a search on the right side bar for one of the 5 “L’s” that interest you. Or you can view the blog archives for topics. Photo Credit: sarahjoellephotography.com
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