28 Most Inspiring Management Quotes

Cody Cromwell
Written by
Last update:

“Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.” – Richard Branson

  • If an employee does well, it must have been because we trained well.” – Fred Kofman
  • Management should become the art of helping people do less and achieve more. By helping your people to do less you have to do more, by helping them achieve more, you have to do less.” – Peter F. Drucker
  • There is more value in the average employee than in the average management.” – Peter Drucker
  • As soon as you hire an employee, you have a new manager.” –Anthony Robbins
  • The marketing of a businessman can be reduced to three words: Do one thing, and do it well.” – Peter F. Drucker
  • Long-term survival is exactly the goal of most company management.” – Peter F. Drucker
  • Our responsibility as management is to create an organization so efficient that it has no need to question its mission.” – Peter Drucker

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley

“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment, which is often the best teacher.” – Jim Lebenthal

“A.C.A.B: Always Come Across As Bright.” – W.F. Price

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.” – Confucius

“It is better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you'll do better than those who hang with people worse than they are.” – Jack Canfield, The Success Principles

“The more you muddle through, the luckier you get.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you don’t find a way to delight people, you’re done.” – Roy Disney

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

“You can grow more corn in a crooked row.” – Wally Altes

Former president of Alcoa.

  • If you do the same thing over and over again, you’ll get the same results.” – David Allen, author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
  • The most important thing in communications is to hear what isn’t said.” – Ann Landers, advice columnist
  • More is not better, but better is better than nothing.” – A. Martin, French author
  • Every manager is a teacher.” – W. Edwards Deming, professor of statistics, department head of engineering, dean of the School of Business Administration, and president of the American Statistical Association
  • Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.” – Frank A. Clark, renowned baseball broadcaster
  • A calm sea does not make a skillful sailor.” – Paul C. Mazur, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research (State Department)

“It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do. We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” – Steve Jobs

  • If you can’t make it good, make it fast.” – Linus Pauling
  • Vision without execution is hallucination.” – Peter Drucker
  • Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make.” – Jack Welch
  • If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.” – Jack B. Holloway
  • There is nothing new to be discovered in business. It is things as they really are, that must be discovered and changed.” – Alfred P. Sloan
  • There is nothing like doing something to understand what it is that you’re doing.” – Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore
  • Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” – Japanese proverb

“Don’t fake it ’til you make it. Learn it as you become it.” – Keisha A. Rivers

  • The rewards of leadership are diminished if the leader resorts to cheap tricks to maintain authority. – Dr. John Kotter
  • Leaders are readers, listeners, questioners; they talk less and listen more. They are ready to surrender their comfortable chair to a newcomer precisely because they have been where you are.” John Maxwell
  • Leaders are readers, listeners, questioners; they talk less and listen more. They are ready to surrender their comfortable chair to a newcomer precisely because they have been where you are. – John Maxwell
  • The habit of getting to know oneself should be cultivated by every man and woman who aspires to be a leader in the market-place of human affairs. – Ralph Marston

The wise man does not stop at what is good; he goes out for more. In the ideal state, we would all employ the ideal state. In that ideal state, we would all be born self-confident and with a loving, optimistic frame of mind. As things stand at present, life is a process of growth.” Aldous Huxley

We are motivated to do by doing. – Robert Greene

“Whistle while you work” – Snow White

“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” – James Dean

“The most fun you’ll ever have isn’t making money, it’s spending money.” – Bill Gates

“Learning by reading is a good thing, but learning by doing is a better thing. The best way to learn is asking a question.” – Mary Kay Ash

“If you’re not a gambler you have no business owning a business.” – Walt Disney

“The time I enjoy wasting is what I didn’t get done.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Rain may fall on the just and the unjust……… but that’s just the way it falls!” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, but nobody wants to lift no heavy-ass weights.” – Ronnie Coleman

You might know Ronnie Coleman from his famous “before" and “after” pictures. “After" pictures are actual photo portraits of Ronnie in his stunning physique body.

So what is the secret of his success? He thinks he has no secret, but some say he paid his dues. His early days of idolizing the body figures of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone and then actually practicing, allowed him to acquire the workout methods and smart principles that can help us follow our dreams.

He believes exercise is essential for achieving your dream shape, but he never recommends doing excessive exercises and training more than four days a week. For his bodybuilding routine, he prefers to concentrate on more cardio work, like running, swimming, biking and circuit training.

There is great power and ability in a reserve of goodwill.” – Boyd Planhly

The Managing Director of the Oshkosh Corporation, Boyd Planhly is a well-known personality in the field of business and also a writer highly ranked in Amazon’s bestselling book list.

“Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain.” – Dale Carnegie

“Own the outcome.”

”It’s better to make a decision to act stupidly than to be stupidly passive.”

Alan Spencer

”The right people will think right things even when you lose the argument.”

Joe Cunningham

”Management is like holding a wet towel. It’s usually hard to see, but sometimes you get lucky.”

Thomas Watson, Sr.

”Management is like driving: You don’t just drive the car where you want to go; you don’t just take the road you wish you were on; nor do you just wish this or that would happen. You do what is required unless there is a better way.”

Tom Peters

”Strong managers are always interested in developing people and never think they are doing enough for them, whereas weak managers are always thinking of what they can gain from subordinates.”

Peter Drucker

“Fierce enough to handle it!”

″ When I came to work here, the first thing I heard was: ″ "Fierce enough to handle it!” This says my boss, Andrew, likes me. Because I apply a lot of hard work, I can smile at another kind.

This is a very large attitude, and I love it. I feel everyone in my company is like me, and I feel happy at work.”

″ "Work hard, follow the rules." ″ Nothing is a better reminder than this sentence. It tells us that no one can be any better than the rules.

We should stay in the right places and the right times. We should do what we are supposed to and at the right time. As soon as we do this, we can reach forward, and then it will be easier to achieve this work.”

″ "Do what you say you are going to do and say what you are going to do." ″ This quote is from my aunt. With the help of this quote, I can say something and make a clear step for it.

I know the result is also better when I shoot my goal with this. And I can see this in my work.

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein

"I always say that if you put salt in the hand of a child, he will actually eat the dish. And, if you give children more than they can consume, they will save it for the next meal. It’s a basic hygiene of human beings." – Sanjay Khosla

  • Good work in a bad organization is doomed to live buried." – Peter Drucker
  • The best way to convince yourself that you can do something is to actually try.” – Muhammad Ali
  • Think as you go along. It’s better that way.” – Sir Francis Bacon
  • I’ve always considered myself a kind of career amateur, and in that way, perhaps I’m an unusual manager.” – William Golding

"Luck favors the prepared mind." – Louis Pasteur

“Just because it’s what’s done, doesn’t mean it’s what should be done.” – Cinderella

The best leaders aren’t the ones who are rewarded and promoted simply for being among the best performers. Instead, the best leaders are those who take a hard look at an organization’s performance and they ask the tough questions and demand the hard data, which reveals what’s really going on and why.

The best leaders are uncomfortable with accepting things at face value; instead they question the status quo and don’t stop looking for a better way.

The best leaders know that the only way to ensure their organizations will continue to perform effectively is to constantly improve and innovate.

The best leaders build teams based on common values and shared goals, they make their individual team members feel valued and rewarded, and then they empower them so that they can do their jobs the best they can.

Management, at its core, is the science behind bringing harmony and focus to an organization’s efforts. And that’s why it’s a constant need to learn and improve. Management is about leadership, but not about dictatorship.

Management isn’t easy. It’s a tough job. It takes skill and dedication. But the rewards are great. The payoff is huge.

“Praise in public, and criticize in private.”

A management quote regarding praise and criticism is actually a quote regarding praise and criticism in private and public. A manager should praise in public and criticize in private. The reason for this is quite simple.

Although praise is deserved and valuable in public, it’s not the same as criticism. It’s not just that it’s a nice thing to do, but it’s also a very important communication tool that can ensure the health of your business.

Think about this from a customer’s perspective. If you called a company and they answered with an operator that did not know a thing about your issue (or couldn’t solve it), you wouldn’t expect much more from a company.

However, if you expected your car to start in the middle of the night, you might change your mind. It’s not that there’s no hope with a car at night – it’s just harder to find a solution. With an organization, it’s often the same — and sometimes not much better. A company’s communication skills and knowledge can impact the way a customer perceives your brand.

“Although worker motivation and capacity are destroyed as leaders pick power over productivity, it appears as if bosses would rather be in control than have a company work well.” – Margaret J. Wheatley

“Excellence is in the details.” – Gregory L. Sullivan

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle

“Be careful of practicing your work; the essential is to practice your work well.” – Robert Byrne

“The same energy that is applied to solving one problem will solve all problems.” – Einstein

“When one gets bored by the accumulation of the self, then one is no longer sleepwalking through life’s challenges.” – Dilts

“When a skilful leader sees the right man in the right place, he makes no mistake in putting the man there.” – Lee Kuan Yew

“Live your life in the morning, write at night.” – Harlon Honnold

“Success is a combination of good judgment, staying power, and a bank account big enough.” – John B. Clark

“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” – Patton

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t – you’re usually right.” – Henry Ford

  • If you don’t design your own life plan, others will design it for you, and it won’t be as good as it could be.” – Victor Frankl
  • We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Stand up and be counted.” – Winston Churchill
  • Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Napoleon
  • If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
  • Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. – – Margaret Mead
  • Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama

“Know your why.” – Michael Jr.

Storey.

The most successful people know why they do what they do. They understand that their amazing successes come from the simple act of making a dedicated, unwavering commitment to pursue their goals.

They have an answer to a simple question: Why are you doing what you do? Why are you in your particular field, in your particular organization?

Once you understand Why, you can identify the single best and most effective way of achieving that Why.

It’s the only way to really make your Why a reality.

Work your way to uncovering that Why. After you have it set and identified, you will realize how much longer you will want to work. And how much more you will perform at your best.

Adopt a new philosophy of life and work.” – John D. Rockefeller.

This quote is especially valuable to people in leadership. Because it’s not about you. You can’t focus on yourself. In order for you to be successful in leadership, you have to focus on other people.

And then you have to build a great team from those people. Your job is to develop those people so they can do their job. Or point them in the right direction so they can do your job. But your job is not to do their job for them.

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney

  • “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Alan Kay
  • “We can’t always control what others do, but we can control what we do. That’s one quote that’s going to be with me for the rest of my life.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “Don’t let what you can not do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden
  • “Business has four functions: marketing, production, distribution and innovation.” – Philip Kotler
  • “If leadership is about vision, passion, and results, then all great leaders have some degree of selflessness.” – Gary Goldsmith
  • “Golden age is where the mind is quiet and the hand is busy.” – John Ruskin

“I never lose. I either win or learn.” – Nelson Mandela

The hardworking and charismatic leader equipped himself with the many traits of a great leader, but he always had a humble spirit and an eye toward good teaching. Like many great leaders and trailblazers, Mandela understands the importance of teaching others. He believed the best way to spread his beliefs and values wasn’t through speeches or speeches, but by example.

“ No one can give you power of staying calm in the storm. You have to develop that power yourself.” –Jeffrey Holland

The one-time U.S. secretary of agriculture, Holland once recognized the value of the ability to maintain mental control in almost any situation. No matter the circumstances, Holland believes people can take control of their emotions and remain calm in any situation, which can help them succeed at any task.

“ Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment.” – Vince Lombardi

The Coach Lombardi is known for his ability to invoke great leadership and deliver an inspiring message. The legendary coach himself was not given the opportunity to pursue his career in the NFL until he was 31 years old, but Lombardi was undeterred by his age and his inexperience. He believed that all he really needed was time to grow into a great leader and coach.

“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember, that’s where you will find success.” – Thomas Watson

Sr.

“Little is worse than a manager who can’t cut bait.” – Jack Welch

The former CEO of General Electric.

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lays in a person’s determination.” – Osama Bin Laden, the founder of al Qaeda

“Inspiration is the result of a hard, earnest, sincere effort.” – Horace Kephart

“We ought always to be striving to enter some higher moral atmosphere than the one we have reached, and so at each stage of our growth to see our own limitations and our own mistakes and to try to understand rather than to despise.” – William James

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“You can’t outrun your fork.” – Alice Roosevelt Longworth

“Management by objectives is the only way to regulate and dominate people.” – Henry Ford

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett

We all know that passion and hard work pays off. But in order to take it to a different level, we need to make sure that we have the right people around us. A team can only succeed as a team based on the individual strengths and abilities that each person brings to the table.

We are very lucky to have people in our lives who are willing to step out of their comfort zones and think differently. From creative thinkers to people who have gone out of the box to come up with new ideas.

They may not be directly responsible for the successes of the companies they worked at, but their efforts helped make the companies what they are today.

Each of these individuals had ideas that were different from what others proposed. But they made sure to listen to it, mature and discuss the pros and cons of it before actually making a decision.

We cannot survive without masses of people like them. They are our unsung heroes who are always ready to take up any kind of challenge and overcome any obstacle to accomplish it!

Through their efforts, great things have been accomplished. They have paved the way for various fields of study, all the advancements we have made and success stories all over the world. We hope that through the inspiration they provided, we all get to work and deliver our best possible efforts.

“You can’t please everyone, and you can’t make everyone like you.” – Katie Couric

“Winners Win.”

“If you don’t ask, you don’t get.”

  • If all it takes to ask is a simple question, why don’t we ask more of our employees and our customers? A lot of us are afraid to ask… of our employees because they might tell us no, or because we’re not reaching out to them consistently enough for them to want to do anything for us. Of our customers, because they may be too busy with their own concerns to see ours. Questions are great … they extend a conversation which usually means both of us get to have more input and perspective. It’s also a great way to challenge assumptions, and when it’s done well, the outcome can quickly resolve a lot of ……just do it and ask.”
  • …in the work of people doing what it takes to keep the lights on every day.” …
  • …n the fingers of managers of people who are doing what they’ve been hired to do….” …

“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.” – Sun Tzu

It’s not always easy to determine what’s taking place in your organization that’s causing confusion, uncertainties, and endless discussions on a daily basis. Even when you find out, practically none of the team members ever state the factors or opinions that are keeping them quite.

Generally, it’s easy to denounce and disagree with things that you never acknowledge. But to become a more successful and motivated manager, it’s important to recognize what elements in your work are causing not only dissatisfaction, but also result in loss of self belief and patience in your workers.

When you’re able to understand and identify the factors causing chaos at work, you’ll see that there’s opportunity as much as there is chaos. And this can help you handle the situation in a better way.

“Increasingly, management’s role is not to organize work, but to direct passion and purpose.” – Greg Satell

Over to You

30 Day Challenge in 4 Steps

We have provided you full free access to our complete collection of journal articles.

Staying another 30 days with a new article a day in order to find one great management quote seems to be hard. So we are proposing a different kind of challenge.

A challenge to get to know advatage of journals in management and other social professions.

The following 4 steps will help you to understand the importance of articles.

Step1: The power of articles in the professional area.

Think that a journal article is a kind of review of important professional areas and an opportunity for the professors to share their ideas. But is it just a review or is there a more important idea.

Try to answer following questions:

  • Is it the review? … Is it the principle?
  • What does a review teach you?

The world’s a lot of things.

A lot.

Step2: Your findings

Read a variety of articles in order to find a great management quote that you can remember.

Your first step to discover a quote is a lot of reading is to find it. There are a lot of challenges to read a lot of articles in a busy season but you can do it.