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20 Of The Best Quotes From The Top Managers In The World

Being a manager is far from an easy task. It can be rewarding, but achievements always come at a cost. The responsibilities and daily activities of managers might be, at times, challenging, or might seem hard to achieve.

Managers are usually responsible for organizing and coordinating the activities of one business department to achieve a set of specific objectives successfully. 

A manager’s job is essentially to guide the department towards the achievement of the vision, mission, and goals of the organization. They control the resources assigned for the department’s activity and will set both long and short terms goals to achieve.

The variety of tasks and challenges a manager is faced with require managers to have a certain set of qualities that are not always easy to find in every individual, which is why great managers are so valuable. 

For example, the best and most successful managers all are characterized by excellent organization skills, effective communication, and the ability to lead a team effectively and to be followed.

A good manager is a good leader, and a good leader is one that establishes a culture of success.

The good news is that everyone can be trained to manage a company: some characteristics can be easily taught. However, only a few people learn to successfully lead and become great leaders, making such an impact that will be remembered. 

Hard work, ambition, and a touch of creativity are often required abilities, but still, they are not enough alone, especially in today’s competitive market.

Some of the greatest and most brilliant managers were able to become billionaires (many started from the bottom and worked all their way up to the top, thanks to their abilities alone) and showed the world that being a manager is a task that can suit everyone with natural leadership skills. 

Such managers can become role models for anyone wanting to become a better manager or to learn how to lead.

If you want to get inspired, here are some of the best quotes about management from the top managers in the world. Whether you are new to the world of management, or you just need some motivation to keep to influence your team positively. 

Or you just need a boost of energy, these quotes from some of the pros of the field will be very useful to both your personal and professional everyday life.

Sometimes a good, concise quote straight to the point can be more effective than long reports and figures, and that is the reason I crafted this list of twenty quotes from some of the best businessmen (and women) out there. 

Get ready to be inspired!

1. Marissa Mayer

“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” – Marissa Mayer (Business Woman and Investor, Co-founder and Executive of Lumi Labs)

2. Ronald Reagan

“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.” – Ronald Reagan (Politician, former US President) 

3. Howard Schultz

“Hiring people is an art, not a science, and resumes can’t tell you whether someone will fit into a company’s culture. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, you need to cut your losses and move on.” – Howard Schultz (Businessman and Billionaire, CEO of Starbucks) 

4. Paul Hawken

“Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.” – Paul Hawken ( Entrepreneur, Author, and Activist)

5. Kat Cole

“Leadership is about the team – the culture they keep and embrace, it’s about empathy for your customers, clients, employees and the communities where you do business, it’s about doing the right thing for the right reasons, being confident enough to take risks and responsible enough to think of those who your decisions and risks may affect.” – Kat Cole (Businesswoman, CEO Focus Brand) 

6. Richard Branson

 “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them, so they don’t want to. I have always believed that the way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers and that people flourish when they are praised.” – Richard Branson (Magnate and Entrepreneur, founder chairman of Virginia Group) 

7. John D. Rockefeller

“Good management consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” – John D. Rockefeller (Business Magnate and Philanthropist) 

8. W. Edwards Deming

“What should be the aim of management? What is their job? Quality is the responsibility of the top people. Its origin is in the boardroom. They are the ones who decide.” – W. Edwards Deming (Engineer, Professor, and Management Consultant) 

9. Carlos Slim

“Profitability is coming from productivity, efficiency, management, austerity, and the way to manage the business.” – Carlos Slim (Billionaire, Investor, and Philanthropist) 

10. Indra Nooyi

“As a leader, I am tough on myself, and I raise the standard for everybody; however, I am very caring because I want people to excel at what they are doing so that they can aspire to be me in the future.” -Indra Nooyi (Business Executive, former CEO at PepsiCo)

11. Mike Huckabee

” A leader is the one who can outline the broad vision and the direction, and say here’s where we are going to go, here’s why we need to go there, and here’s how we are going to get there. A manager is the one who gets up under the hood and tunes the carburetor.” – Mike Huckabee (American Politician) 

12. Hillary Clinton

“Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.”- Hillary Clinton (Politician and former First Lady of the United States) 

13. John Quincy Adams

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams (American Statesman and diplomat) 

14. Jack Welch

“Focus on a few key objectives … I only have three things to do. I have to choose the right people, allocate the right number of dollars, and transmit ideas from one division to another with the speed of light. So I’m really in the business of being the gatekeeper and the transmitter of ideas.”– Jack Welch (Business Executive, former chairman and CEO of General Electrics) 

15. Oprah Winfrey

“Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion.” – Oprah Winfrey (Media Executive, Actress, Producer, and Talk Show Host) 

16. Warren Buffet

“When you have able managers of a high character running businesses about which they are passionate, you can have a dozen or more reporting to you and still have time for an afternoon nap. Conversely, if you have even one person reporting to you who is deceitful, inept, or uninterested, you will find yourself with more than you can handle.” – Warren Buffet (Billionaire, Investor, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway) 

17. Jeff Bezos

“Because, you know, resilience – if you think of it in terms of the Gold Rush, then you’d be pretty depressed right now because the last nugget of gold would be gone. But the good thing is, with innovation, there isn’t a last nugget. Every new thing creates two new questions and two new opportunities.” – Jeff Bezos (Entrepreneur, Founder, President and CEO of 

18. Henry Ford

“If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.” – Henry Ford (Business Magnate, Founder of Ford Motor Company) 

19. Marissa Mayer

“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” – Marissa Mayer (Business Woman and Investor, Co-founder and Executive of Lumi Labs)

20. Mark Cuban

“It’s not about money or connections. It’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone. And if it fails, you learn from what happened and do a better job next time.” – Mark Cuban (Businessman and Investor, owner of the National Basketball Association (NBA)’s Dallas Maverick and of 2929 Entertainment) 

 “Part of leadership is knowing when to go ahead with a decision that’s within your authority because you’re really convinced it’s the right thing, even if other people don’t understand it at that point.” – Dr. Ingrid Mattson (College Professor)

From these quotes, you might have noticed a pattern: being a great leader is not about telling other people what to do. It is rather about understanding how to guide such people to do better and thus contributing to the organization’s objectives. 

Good managers are also leaders, and they do not only control but also inspire trust and provide clear guidance. 

One of the strongest characteristics of a leader lies in the great interpersonal influence that he or she can have on other people and the contribution, through such influence, to a better and more functional working environment, where the job gets done not only efficiently but also with excellent quality.

A great manager does not only focus on the execution of a plan, although planning is essential. Instead, good managing practices include the developing and the empowerment of the working force.

The best lessons about important stages of life are better learned from the experts. Not only their words can inspire us to follow their lead, but also they can make us become better managers who will have the capacity to influence others and to make positive changes in the business.

Juha Ekman

Hi there, I’m Juha Ekman. A few years ago, I started my online business selling online courses and digital products. Ever since then, I’ve been obsessed with learning, especially learning marketing, sales, and everything about passive income. It’s been quite a ride, and there has been a lot of ups and downs along the way. This is the site where I share everything I’ve learned.