Every once in a while we need an extra boost of motivation. Because managing people is definitely not easy.
If you ask me, it’s one of the most difficult activities in the world. People are unpredictable and difficult to manage if you don’t have the necessary skills.
Luckily, we are in the age of technology. Therefore, we have the opportunity to get a glimpse into the minds of the most renowned managers in the world.
Never before did we have the privilege to find out the way someone thinks with just a few clicks of the mouse. Even if that “someone” is Steve Jobs or Bill Gates.
If you’re here to find out some of the best management quotes and get inspired, then you’re in the right place! Sometimes, a good quote can be more inspiring than an entire book.
Needless to say, some of these people came from nothing and became billionaires. We should definitely take into account what they have to say!
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9 MANAGEMENT QUOTES FROM THE TOP MANAGERS IN THE WORLD
We hand picked the most inspirational management quotes from people like Donald Trump or Richard Branson. Sometimes we should remind ourselves how privileged we actually are.
The fact that we can look into the minds of these people is amazing. And we can even do it for free!(1)
Without further ado, let’s jump straight into it.
“I’VE ACTUALLY NOT READ ANY BOOKS ON TIME MANAGEMENT” – ELON MUSK
This quote is equally funny and inspiring. If Elon Musk would have taken the time to read a book on time management, well … that would have been a poor use of his time, right?
Books are great. They contain valuable information and you can get them for a relatively cheap price. It’s just that sometimes you can just use your common sense!(2)
“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
A pretty straight forward advice from the former president of the United States. It makes no sense to get more involved than you need to. As long as things are going the way you want them to go, there is no need to interfere with the work of others.
Also, it’s very important to surround yourself with the best people. This is a very difficult thing to do, but you should definitely focus on this. It’s worth it in the long run.(3)
“GOOD MANAGEMENT CONSISTS IN SHOWING AVERAGE PEOPLE HOW TO DO THE WORK OF SUPERIOR PEOPLE.” – JOHN ROCKEFELLER
It’s very easy to be a good manager when you have a big budget and are able to get the best people to work for you.
But what if you don’t have good people? Can you do the same job with average people?(4)
You could say that this is the difference between good managers and bad ones. At least this is Rockefeller’s opinion.
“THE TRUE MEASURE OF THE VALUE OF ANY BUSINESS LEADER AND MANAGER IS PERFORMANCE.” – BRIAN TRACY
This is a quote that will probably offend a couple of people (especially Americans). Please don’t cancel my blog, but I really think that performance is the true value in any business.
It’s all about how well you perform, and not about your skin color or sexual orientation. I’m waiting for my lawsuit, Americans!(5)
“GREAT LEADERS STATE OUT LOUD WHAT THEY INTEND TO DO AND IN DOING SO, THEY GET THINGS DONE” – SIMON SINEK
If you tell other people what you intend to do, then you will feel an extra pressure to perform.
This can really force you to push forward, because you will feel ashamed if you don’t follow up. Your word needs to mean something, and that’s why it’s sometimes a good idea to tell your loved ones what your plans are.(6)
If you don’t follow through, then you will feel that your word is meaningless. That’s a feeling you don’t want to have. So, better keep your word!
INNOVATION DISTINGUISHES BETWEEN A LEADER AND A FOLLOWER” – STEVE JOBS
As one of the biggest innovators of all time, there’s no surprise that Steve Jobs could come up with such a quote. And to be honest, it’s hard to argue against it.
If you don’t come up with something new, then you are better off being a follower. This puts an extra pressure on you to perform, and can have a huge impact on the outcome of your endeavor.
Innovation moves the world forward, and the ones who innovate are more likely to be great managers.(7)
“A LEADER IS SOMEONE WHO CREATES INFECTIOUS ENTHUSIASM” – TED TURNER
Ted Turner is one of the most important figures in the history of television. Therefore, he is without a doubt a great manager.
His approach is very healthy and is becoming more and more popular among the modern entrepreneurs. If you create enthusiasm, then the people behind you will have a good time working.
Therefore, productivity will go up and everyone will be happy. There is never a drawback when having a positive attitude!(8)
“THE WAY MANAGEMENT TREATS ASSOCIATES IS EXACTLY HOW THE ASSOCIATES WILL TREAT THE CUSTOMERS.” – SAM WALTON
If you’ve been taking management classes in college, you are probably familiar with this quote. Also, you probably agree with it as well.
If as a manager, you don’t treat your employees well, then you can’t expect your employees to treat the customers well. It’s just the way it is.
Also, it doesn’t cost you anything to be nice to the people who work for you. You should give it a try.(9)
“IT’S NOT ABOUT MONEY. IT’S ABOUT THE PEOPLE YOU HAVE, AND HOW YOU’RE LED.” – STEVE JOBS
You would think that billionaires think only about how to make more money. But if you think about it, what difference does another million dollars make for them?
Steve Jobs was one of the people who changed the way we live our lives. And he couldn’t have done this without the best people at his disposal.(10)
He definitely was a great leader and we have a lot to learn from his mindset and behavior.
Hopefully you feel more inspired to take action and follow your dreams. Management is not easy, especially in business.
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