50 Best Quotes for Managers

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Quotations and sayings are short phrases that can make us stop and think for a while. They are inspiring and motivating, and can change our way of life if we will not just react on them but continuously act upon them. Managers often use motivational quotes to motivate themselves and their subordinates towards reaching their common goals and making sure that the business is consistently productive, profitable and sustainable. If you’re the boss in the workplace and you want to boost your managerial skills and wisdom, here are 50 best quotes for managers like you.

1. “The first rule of management is delegation. Don’t try and do everything yourself because you can’t.” -Anthea Turner

2. “Management must manage!” -Harold S. Geneen

3. “The conventional definition of management is getting work done through people, but real management is developing people through work.” -Agha Hasan Abedi

4. “Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.” -Stephen R. Covey

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

6. “Remember the difference between a boss and a leader; a boss says “Go!” – a leader says “Let’s go!”’ -E.M. Kelly

7. “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” -Henry Ford

8. “Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success.” -Author Unknown

9. “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” -Henry Ford

10. “A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says “I was beaten,” he does not say “My men were beaten.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

11. “Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish. “ -Anne Bradstreet

12. “The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay.” -Steve Jobs

13. “Management is nothing more than motivating other people.” -Lee Iacocca

14. “A good manager is a man who isn’t worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him.” -H. S. M. Burns

15. “The secret of successful managing is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the four guys who haven’t made up their minds.” -Casey Stengel

16. “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

17. “Organization doesn’t really accomplish anything. Plans don’t accomplish anything, either. Theories of management don’t much matter. Endeavors succeed or fail because of the people involved. Only by attracting the best people will you accomplish great deeds.”-Colin Powell

18. “Fit no stereotypes. Don’t chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team’s mission.” -Colin Powell

19. “The smaller the function, the greater the management.” -C. Northcote Parkinson

20. “Reduce the layers of management. They put distance between the top of an organization and the customers.” -Donald Rumsfeld

21. “Management manages by making decisions and by seeing that those decisions are implemented.” -Harold S. Geneen

22. “Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people. “ -John D. Rockefeller

23. “No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.” —Abraham Lincoln

24. “Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.” —Tom Peters

25. “Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.” —General Douglas MacArthur

26. “Practice Golden-Rule 1 of Management in everything you do. Manage others the way you would like to be managed.” -Brian Tracy

27. “Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead.” —Ross Perot

28. “You manage things; you lead people.” —Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

29. “So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.” —Peter Drucker

30. “A good manager is best when people barely know that he exists. Not so good when people obey and acclaim him. Worse when they despise him.” – Lao Tzu

31. “Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.” —Sun Tzu

32. “If we know that our own men are in a condition to attack, but are unaware that the enemy is not open to attack, we have gone only halfway towards victory.” – Sun Tzu

33. “If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, the general is to blame. But if his orders are clear, and the soldiers nevertheless disobey, then it is the fault of their officers.” -Sun Tzu

34. “The skillful employer of men will employ the wise man, the brave man, the covetous man, and the stupid man.” — Sun Tzu

35. “Whenever there is a hard job to be done I assign it to a lazy man; he is sure to find an easy way of doing it.” – Walter Chrysler

36. “People are definitely a company’s greatest asset. It doesn’t make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps.” – Mary Kay Ash

37. “When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding management, our favorite holding period is forever.” – Warren Buffet

38. “When a management team with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.” -Warren Buffett

39. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”-Peter F. Drucker

40. “Checking the results of a decision against its expectations shows executives what their strengths are, where they need to improve, and where they lack knowledge or information.” -Peter Drucker

41. “Successful enterprises are usually led by a proven chief executive who is a competent benevolent dictator.” -Richard Pratt

42. “You can’t build a strong corporation with a lot of committees and a board that has to be consulted every turn. You have to be able to make decisions on your own.” -Rupert Murdoch

43. “Today, a skilled manager makes more than the owner. And owners fight each other to get the skilled managers.” -Mikhail Khodorkovsky

44. “We don’t have as many managers as we should, but we would rather have too few than too many.” -Larry Page

45. “Our mission statement about treating people with respect and dignity is not just words but a creed we live by every day. You can’t expect your employees to exceed the expectations of your customers if you don’t exceed the employees’ expectations of management.” -Howard Schultz

46. “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

47. “The way you see them is the way you treat them and the way you treat them is the way they often become.” -Zig Ziglar

48. “Gettin’ good players is easy. Gettin’ ‘em to play together is the hard part.“ -Casey Stengel

49. “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

50. “If at first you don’t succeed, try management.” – Unknown

Which quote above has inspired you most? Do you have any other management quotes that are not in the list above? We will be glad if you will share them to us. You may also want to read our top 100 best quotes for entrepreneurs.

Victorino Q. Abrugar is the founder of entreb.com. He's a freelance marketing and brand strategist. You may hire him and follow on Twitter @viclogic and Google+.


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  2. divya says

    All quote are inspiring. I like all but 16, 20, 31, 49 are awesome.

    It would definitely help others to wide their thinking Vision.

    Good Job.

    • Victorino Abrugar says

      Thanks divya! Quotes can be inspiring, especially if we can related on them. I wish you all the best in helping others.

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