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



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“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


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“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

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“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

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“All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.”  – John Kenneth Galbraith

“Treating people with respect will gain one wide acceptance and improve the business.”  – Tao Zhu Gong

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

“The more humble and transparent a leader is, the more effective he or she will be.” – Michael Hyatt

“Effective decision making is all about making the right call when others don’t”. – Zabe Khan

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

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

“[I]t’s important for leaders to understand that if you really want your innovation measures to take hold, you can’t play it safe in suggesting minor modifications or additions to what’s already being produced or offered.” – Tanveer Naseer

“Don’t make decisions too far in advance, particularly ones you’re not even conscious you’re making.” – Sheryl Sandberg, COO Facebook

“Any fool can buy talent; only real leaders develop it.” – Margaret Hefferman


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“A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.” –  Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur

“The greatest leaders are vulnerable people who know there are many things to learn.” – Ron Shapiro, sports agent

“Self-absorbed managers don’t care what employees think. They destroy morale, retard innovation, and block productivity improvements.” – Peter E. Friedes, former CEO

“The leader’s role is to make sure that strategy is kept super simple.” – Robert Murray, author

“Successful business leaders find a way to mesh their personality and management style to get the best results.” –  Lee Polevo

“Contrary to the opinion of many people, leaders are not born. Leaders are made, and they are made by effort and hard work.” – Vince Lombardi, former Green Bay Packers coach

“The leader of a company needs to have a decision tree in his head — if this happens, we go this way, but if it winds up like that, then we go this other way.” – Sean Parker, former president of Facebook

“It is the responsibility (and the opportunity) of all leaders to cultivate a collaborative environment in which team members can flourish.” – Jack Zenger, leadership-development expert

“By communicating consistently, effectively and honestly, you gain trust and respect.” – Gretchen Rosswurm, communications exec at Celanese

“Speaking passionately from the very center of who you are is compelling, forceful, persuasive: that’s what leadership sounds like.” – Charlotte Beers, former CEO of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide