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37 Great Business Leadership Quotes

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Elon Musk. Steve Jobs. Henry Ford. What do these business titans have in common? They had a clear vision of the future, and the leadership skills to manifest the future they desired.

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Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.Peter F. Drucker

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.Theodore Roosevelt

If you see a snake, just kill it. Don’t appoint a committee on snakes.Henry Ross Perot

There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss. Both are based on authority. A boss demands blind obedience; a leader earns his authority through understanding and trust.Klaus Balkenhol

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.Steve Jobs

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

If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.Henry Ford

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

The employer generally gets the employees he deserves.J. Paul Getty

There are no working hours for leaders.James Cardinal Gibbons

Leadership is an action, not a position.Donald McGannon

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.Stephen Covey

Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.George S. Patton Jr.

Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.Jesse Jackson

No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit.Andrew Carnegie

The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones.Brandon Sanderson, The Alloy of Law

When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.Roy E. Disney

Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way.Ronald Reagan

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

A real leader faces the music even when he doesn’t like the tune.Arnold H. Glasow

Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.Peter F. Drucker

If you don’t understand that you work for your mislabeled ‘subordinates,’ then you know nothing of leadership. You know only tyranny.Dee Hock

A CEO’s performance is as good as the performance of his middle managers.Med Jones

If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.William James

If you perceive right you receive right. If you perceive wrong you receive wrong.John Paul Warren

There are three secrets to managing. The first secret is have patience. The second is be patient. And the third most important secret is patience.Chuck Tanner

Without the vision of a goal, a man cannot manage his own life, much less the lives of others.Jack Weatherford

People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.John C. Maxwell

No great manager or leader ever fell from heaven, its learned not inherited.Tom Northup

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

Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too.Robert Half

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.Nancy D. Solomon

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.Peter Drucker

A man can only lead when others accept him as their leader, and he has only as much authority as his subjects give to him. All of the brilliant ideas in the world cannot save your kingdom if no one will listen to them.Brandon Sanderson

Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.Jack Welch

As a leader, if you follow your heart, you will have the courage to take on any risk because your heart will lead you to the solution and avoid the risk.Angeline Kobe Chan

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