Management Quotes: The Importance of Managing Well & Being a Leader

Management is not something that is confined to the corporate world. It is the very essence of leadership. 

Leadership does not require a formal title. Indeed, the best titles are simply recognition of what one is already achieving. What’s more, leadership is not about lording one’s position over others, but about bringing out the best in people. It is about maximizing one’s effectiveness by motivating others to do their best. 

Leading groups of people is as difficult as it is simple: One simply has to inspire others at all times. When one can get a handle on that, everything else comes naturally. 

Strong leaders must know what they can’t do as much as knowing what they can. They must be willing to solicit both counsel and assistance from others whenever it makes the most sense. This wisdom of knowing when to sit down and let someone else take the reins is absolutely crucial for any leader worthy of his name. 

We believe that the best leaders build people up, even when they criticize. The following quotes about leadership and management will doubtless get you thinking about how best to inspire others, how to get an entire team pulling in the right direction, and how to herd cats to achieve the unimaginable. 

Quotes About Leadership and How To Be a Good Leader

“Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.”

Bill Bradley

“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”

Ralph Nader

 “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”

Douglas MacArthur

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”

Peter F. Drucker

“Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them.”

Diogenes

“Praise in public, criticize in private.”

Vince Lombardi

“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

“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”

Ronald Reagan

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.”

Andrew Carnegie

“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.”

James Crook

Quotes About Teams and Managing Teams Effectively

“His management philosophy, tempered in his rain-dancing days, was always to give the project to whoever had the most to gain from success – or the most to lose from failure.”

Michael Crichton, Congo

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” 

Henry Ford

“How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?”

Charles de Gaulle

“Inspect what you expect.”

Unknown

“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

“Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people.”

John D. Rockefeller

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

Anthea Turner

“Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Management is all about managing in the short term, while developing the plans for the long term.

Jack Welch