35 Intelligent Leadership and Motivational Quotes to Change a Life

Intelligence is critical to manage life. What makes each one of us intelligent? A lot of things and specifically a bold way to manage the whole of one self in a proper way through its many changes and layers.

Being intelligent can be associated with a lot of things and it differs according to the angle one looks at the keyword, concept. Looking at the etymology of the keyword intelligent one realises that it comes from the Latin language, and it stems of intelligēns, the present participle of intelligere, variant of intellegere to understand, that means literally. This word is close to be chosen between, the equivalent to intel- (variant of inter-) + -lig- (combining form of leg-), stem of legere to pick up, choose; cf. lection + -ent.

Intelligent is also associated with a 360 degree notion close with being bright. And intelligent, therefore intellectual describes a given distinctive particular mental capacity. Intelligent often suggests a natural quickness of the ability of understanding: an intelligent skill. Intellectual implies not only having a high degree of understanding, but also a given capacity and taste for the higher forms of knowledge: intellectual interests. The word intelligent is also associated with attributes of personality such as: astute, clever, alert, bright, apt, discerning, shrewd, smart.

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drive for a Life intelligent hq

Smart is something Bill Gates defines as:

“It’s an elusive concept. There’s a certain sharpness, an ability to absorb new facts. To walk into a situation, have something explained to you and immediately say, “Well, what about this?” To ask an insightful question. To absorb it in real time. A capacity to remember. To relate to domains that may not seem connected at first. A certain creativity that allows people to be effective.”

So having a good understanding or a high mental capacity makes us more motivated persons. Therefore better leaders of our will and life. In business particularly being intelligent is critical for success. Business comes associated with the right balance of business intelligence, a skill specially necessary for being a good leader.

Being intelligent in what regards leadership is a long term job and the right balance contributes to a powerful capacity to be quick to comprehend, and contribute to have a better management. In this train of thoughts being intelligent can be associated with the following definitions:

  1. the skill of displaying or characterised by quickness of understanding, sound thought, or good judgement: for instance being able to an intelligent reply to a given challenge;
  2. in the other hand the skill of having the faculty of reasoning and understanding something; possessing the right intelligence – contextual or emotional;
  3. it is skill associated with mathematics with something of pertaining to the ability to do data processing, being smart;
  4. also it is the virtue of having the right necessary understanding or knowledge at the right moment.

Intelligence is therefore a trait made of layers of personality, it is a powerful emotional capacity to manage the human drive we have inside and in the interaction with our ecosystems, personal and professional business wise. Intelligence deals with various dilemmas, equations and solutions such as abstract thinking, right social integration in society, the sum of values, personal and peer to peer understanding, specially a strong dose of self-awareness.

Being intelligent is somehow associated with the right angle to manage communication, the way in which one can be reasoning, and specially how to manage the learning curve. In the end being intelligent is above all having the right social and emotional intelligence something critical to understand knowledge, behaviour, retaining, planning, and the best way to problem solving.

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intelligent Motivational Walk Intelligent HQ

In the present time we deal with organic intelligence but at the same time we are closed to artificial intelligence. By other words the best way to get the right simulation of intelligence in machines is somehow to understand as well humans logic.

The right angle how we manage intelligence affects the discipline of our own will and psychology. There are various approaches to human intelligence that have been adopted but in the end it has to be with harmony, a balanced way of measure reason, emotions and go the extra mile in the long run that is life. The best to look at intelligence is to look how great minds have approached intelligence for their own motivational drive, their leadership, and how they dealt with it on their life’s, one day at the time.

The bellow list is a selection of excellent intelligent quotes that can help in the process of being in leadership, and how to be motivational and aim towards a change in life one day at the time. In the end intelligence has to do with a capacity to do something groundbreaking, push things forward step by step and be able to get out of the comfort zone..

Being intelligent in life is also take progress through the ‘minimal effective dose.’ A small step is easier to turn into a habit, and you’re less likely to skip it. Looking at other great people synthesis of data and their powerhouse quotes it can definitely help getting some momentum peace. I divided this list of quotes through elementary keywords part of the lexicon of intelligence, motivation and leadership, such as: vision, drive, change, failure, obsession, motivation, friends, attitude and goals.

Here are some quantum quotes from so much different personalities in different times and contexts: the Bible, Albert Einstein, Mark Cuban, Bill Gates, Albert Camus, Salvador Dalí, Friedrich Nietzsche, Napoleon Bonaparte, Peter Drucker, Warren Bennis, Tony Blair, Zig Ziglar that have helped and still do change my life one day at the time.

Vision, Drive, Will, Change

1. “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18

2. “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” Albert Einstein

3. “It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.” Albert Einstein

4. “It’s not in the dreaming, it’s in the doing.” Mark Cuban

5. “An intellectual? Yes. And never deny it. An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. I like this, because I am happy to be both halves, the watcher and the watched. “Can they be brought together?” This is a practical question. We must get down to it. “I despise intelligence” really means: “I cannot bear my doubts.” Albert Camus

6. “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” Salvador Dalí

7. “Of my mental cycles, I devote maybe ten percent to business thinking. Business isn’t that complicated. I wouldn’t want to put it on my business card.” Bill Gates

8. “Treat your customers like they own you. Because they do.” Mark Cuban

9. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. Peter Drucker

10. Forget about finding your passion. Instead, focus on finding big problems. Mark Cuban

11. “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

12. “Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no need of change.” H.G. Wells, The Time Machine

Failure and Obsession:

13. People frequently fail when they try to do everything at once. They approach a massive project and quickly get discouraged. Taking small, but high-value steps takes less time, and you learn more in the long run. Tim Ferriss

14. “Don’t start a company unless it’s an obsession and something you love. If you have an exit strategy, it’s not an obsession.” Mark Cuban

15. “In this business, by the time you realize you’re in trouble, it’s too late to save yourself. Unless you’re running scared all the time, you’re gone.” Bill Gates

16. Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. Jack Welch

17. “It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. You only have to be right once and then everyone can tell you that you are an overnight success.” Mark Cuban

18. “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.” Zig Ziglar

19. “I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.” Antonio Gramsci, Gramsci’s Prison Letters


20. “You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.” Zig Ziglar

21. The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. Warren Bennis

22. “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.” Zig Ziglar

23. “There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.” Zig Ziglar

24. “It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

25. “People don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.” Zig Ziglar

26. “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” Zig Ziglar

27. “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Friends, attitude and Goals:

28. “If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.” Zig Ziglar

29. A leader is a dealer in hope. Napoleon Bonaparte

30. “A goal properly set is halfway reached.” Zig Ziglar

31. The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes. Tony Blair

32. “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” Zig Ziglar

33. The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. Max DePree

34. “The highest form of human intelligence is to observe yourself without judgement.” Jiddu Krishnamurti

35. “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” Zig Ziglar

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Dinis Guarda is co-founder of intelligenthq.com, socialmediacouncil and openbusinesscouncil.com. Dinis Guarda’s background experience is in international management, marketing / communications, web, publishing and content working in initiatives with UN, governments, financial companies, Reuters, Tate Modern, P&G, Alcatel, Vodafone, Nike amongst other. On a business, creative and entrepreneurial level, Dinis has worked / collaborated with people such as David Bowie, Patti Smith, Depeche Mode, Michel Gondry, Steen Jakobsen, Brian Solis and many others. During 2008 and 2011he co-managed Saxo Bank’s web / online marketing global plan of action, its localization, video and tech related subjects. He defined & managed social media strategy for the organization. He created tradingfloor.com and co-developed the business web platform of the Spanish / Latin America websites saladeinversion.es and saladeinversion.com. He is a guest lecturer at Copenhagen Business School and an active speaker in conferences and other educational events and workshops. With an MA in New Media, he writes regularly in dinisguarda.com, industry websites, magazines and has been publishing books and magazines.