Insightful Leadership and Management Quotes – May 2016


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“Good leaders focus on where the bullet holes are; great leaders consider where they aren’t.” -David Burkus, author of “The Portable Guide to Leading Organizations”

“When a leader tunes his or her instrument first and ensures that each instrument in the orchestra is tuned, harmony is created and people are drawn to see and hear what the organization has to offer.” – Leilani Raashida Henry, president of Being and Living Enterprises

“When people see that a leader is successful, but they don’t know how that success was achieved (what I’ll call the view behind the curtain), they are likely to say that the leader is charismatic and visionary rather than hardworking.” – Brian Evje

“Leaders, by virtue of their authority, exert a disproportionate impact on the mood of those they supervise.” – Tony Schwartz, president and CEO of The Energy Project

“Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.” – Stephen Covey

“I cared a lot about commitments and when people didn’t live up to them, I became angry and intimidating. It was a different time, when command and control was an accepted and expected leadership style. But still, looking back, I’m not proud of this behaviour. It wasn’t cool. And, I soon learned it wasn’t the most effective way to lead.” – Maynard Webb, Author and Founder of Webb Investment Network/Co-Founder of Everwise

“My very first job with every apprentice I’m bringing into my company is to teach, inspire, train, coach, and mentor that individual to become a master of (our) system. Until that individual knows how to become a master of that system, he’s not ready to go to the next step. Great people are created inside of great companies.” – Michael Gerber, Business Guru And Best Selling Author

“The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” – Colin Powell, military leader and statesman

“To serve as a leader, live a balanced life, and apply ethical principles to make a significant difference.” – “Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell’s Soup

“I encouraged our employees to BE FASTER GO FURTHER THINK MORE FREELY than anyone else in the market. This has paid off more than I could have ever imagined.” – Bernd Beetz | CEO | Coty



Insightful Leadership and Management Quotes: Volume 10

“As much as you need a strong personality to build a business from scratch, you also must understand the art of delegation. I have to be good at helping people run the individual businesses, and I have to be willing to step back. The company must be set up so it can continue without me.” – Richard Branson, Virgin Founder

“We want good people; we want to hire good people; and we want to retain them, but my real focus is in building a team.” – Robert A. DiMuccio | CEO Amica Mutual Insurance Company

“A workforce is far more engaged and committed when it trusts its leaders, receives clear communications about corporate strategy, and believes its leaders can act on that strategy.” – Bill Pelster | Talent Services Leader | Deloitte Consulting

“Good management consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people – John D. RockeFeller

“Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating those who work with me and aiming their efforts at a certain goal.” –  Walt Disney

“My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better.” – Steve Jobs, Former Apple Co-Founder

“True leadership is quiet and humble.” – Brian Evje, a management consultant at Slalom Consulting

“While a healthy ego is necessary and good for leaders, business isn’t really about any particular individual. It’s about meeting customer needs, achieving long-term growth and success for shareholders and employees, and being passionate about your products and services.” – Steve Tobak

“To earn trust, leaders must demonstrate to others that they will do the right thing for them even if it puts themselves at risk.” – Robert Hurley

“A good leader, no matter what the situation or age, puts time and effort into self-improvement. They take pride in all areas of their life. And, they set standards by doing and not just delegating. – Gladys Edmunds

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“A leader is best when people barely know he exists”. – Lao Tzu

“Engineering fosters some of the very qualities that make good managers.” –  Unknown

“Hyper critical managers create a climate where their pessimistic expectations are likely to be fulfilled.” – Unknown

“Effective leaders have a clear sense of purpose and strong values, but they also know when to make compromises.” – Unknown

“A leader has to make the direction clear.” – Unknown

“Every human endeavor has leaders and followers, and your job as a leader is to inspire.” – Colin Powell, Former Secrtary of State

“Social networking is making authentic leadership a reality and a necessity for 21st century leaders.” – Bill George, a professor of Management Practice

“[T]here’s a difference between confident leadership and empty-headed delusion or cheerleading. And this is a difference that many CEOs miss.” – Henry Blodget, CEO of Business Insider

“Turning around self-defeating practices can be done over time with a lot of effort. But the cumulative effect of those habits makes it extremely difficult for an entrenched leader to move a country or company in a different direction on a dime.” – John R. Ryan, president of the Center for Creative Leadership

“When we become leaders, we sometimes think we are now supposed to have the answers. Yes, we may have some answers, but we will be more effective when we engage others and get their opinions.” – Kevin Eikenberry


Insightful Leadership and Management Quotes: Volume 8

“Always let your subordinates know that the honor will be all theirs if they succeed and the blame will be yours if they fail.” – Abraham Lincoln

“A manager is responsible for the application and performance of knowledge.” – Peter Drucker, Austrian-American management consultant and writer

“Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” – John D. Rockefeller

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” – Kenneth Blanchard

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren G. Bennis

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” – Nelson Mandela

“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.” – Harold S. Geneen

“Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right.” – Warren Bennis, American scholar, organizational consultant and author

“You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” – Ken Kesey, American author

“A true leader’s potential is discovered and exercised during times of business transformation. It is in those times that the leaders truly change the world.” – Dana Theus

5 things I learnt from the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the lessons they have for business


The 2014 FIFA World Cup recently concluded and despite on and off the pitch controversies, and much public anger at the cost of the Brazilian Government’s spending on infrastructure, the tournament was one of the most successful and memorable in living memory. Here are five things I learnt from watching the tournament and the resonance they have in business:

ONE – There is no substitute for team work and attitude:

Teams such as Costa Rica and USA were a prime example of team work and attitude. They didn’t have the household names and match winning players of other teams but they proved that getting basics right, having a nothing to lose mentality and punching above their weight together with helping other team members out when they were out of position made them a force. This propelled them to the highest level of performance any team can desire at a major tournament.

Business Lesson: Go beyond your job description and keep things simple. Believing in yourself and your team members will create a positive team environment. More importantly, understand what the common goal is and be realistic in your expectations.

TWO – Don’t be afraid to take a risk:

Netherlands coach Louie Van Gall embodied this in abundance. During the Quarter Final match against Costa Rica, Van Gaal substituted his first choice goalkeeper Cillisen and replaced him with Krul when the match went to penalties. The outcome of this was that Krul saved two penalties and this put the Netherlands through to the semi finals. His greater height and reach were sighted by Van Gaal as the rationale behind the substitution.

Business Lesson: Don’t be afraid to experiment. As a Manager, next time you have a project – put an untested team member on the project. Know your teams’ individual strengths and skills to get the best out of the team.

THREE – Have a plan B:

In each of the games Netherlands played, the team adapted their style and tactics to their opponents and that proved valuable as Netherlands progressed through the tournament. Van Gaal was a thinking coach who constantly studied the oppositions every move before executing his strategy.

Business Lesson: In business, it’s important to know what you will do in a clutch situation. Something might not work as you would expect. Have something prepared that you can revert to in times of need – a toolkit etc.

FOUR – Stick with the norm and you run the risk of failure:

By the time we got the Semi Finals when Brazil played Columbia, signs were evident that Brazil was not up to the standard of other teams. When Brazil played Germany, their weaknesses were laid bare and they imploded before the eyes of their country. In the aftermath of Brazil’s disastrous exit, it was apparent that coach Scolari was heavily reliant on Neymar and Tiago Silva who were the spine of the team. Scolari kept faith with the same team as he picked in the first match to deliver but as that turned out that was blind faith. Brazil were predictable, relied on the same tactics and never had a plan B.

Business Lessons: Don’t be afraid of mixing things up and when it comes to recruiting a team; do not be averse to individuals of unconventional backgrounds whose CVs may not read great on paper. Resist having similar styles of people in the same team and instead select individuals who would complement each other and a particular function and/or department. Above all, give indivuals time and autonomy and let them flourish.

FIVE – Feeling valued elevated a player:

Suarez, Neymar, Neuer, Messi, Robben, Rodriguez were all talisman to their team. Their talent is undeniable but what was even more important was that they had the support of their team, coaching staff, and when these players performed they had a domino effect on the rest of their team.

Business Lesson: Feedback and engagement are two of the most critical elements in business. Get either wrong, and you end up with a disenfranchised and de – motived workforce. To get it right, work out what truly drives your workforce and what puts them off. Move forward then by making a commitment to driving out the practices that create unhappiness in the workplace.




Insightful Leadership and Management Quotes: Volume 7

“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” – Vince Lombardi

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” – Jim Rohn

“The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and the self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“My father had a simple test that helps me measure my own leadership quotient: When you are out of the office he once asked me, does you staff carry on remarkable well without you?” – Martha Peak

‘Effective planning is about what to leave out” – John Jantsch

“Most skills can be learned, but it is difficult to train people on their personality.” – Sir Richard Branson

“Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.” – Stephen Covey

“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” – Arnold Glasow, American businessman and writer

“The leadership instinct you were born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.” – Elaine Agather


Insightful Leadership and Management Quotes: Volume 6

“Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.” – Bill Bradley

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren G. Bennis

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” –  Kenneth Blanchard

“Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise.” – Woodrow Wilson

“Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” – John D. Rockefeller

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” – Lao Tzu

“We know that leadership is very much related to change. As the pace of change accelerates, there is naturally a greater need for effective leadership.” – John Kotter

“The leadership instinct you were born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.” – Elaine Agather

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” – John C. Maxwell

“I learned that good judgment comes from experience and that experience grows out of mistakes.” – Omar Bradley, U.S. Army general