Motivational Quotes for Leaders and Managers

Our team has compiled their favorite Motivational Quotes for Leaders and Managers. Get inspired to do great things today.

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” ~Marcus Aurelius

“Finally, then, remember this retreat into your own little territory within yourself. Above all, no agonies, no tensions. Be your own master, and look at things as a man, as a human being, as a citizen, as a mortal creature. And here are two of the most immediately useful thoughts you will dip into. First, that things cannot touch the mind: they are external and inert; anxieties can only come from your internal judgement. Second, that all these things you see will change almost as you look at them, and then will be no more. Constantly bring to mind all that you yourself have already seen changed. The universe is change: life is judgement.” ~Marcus Aurelius

Submitted by: Sean F., Managed Services Consultant

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” ~Andy Stanley

“If it’s important you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.” ~Ryan Blair

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” ~Jimmy Johnson

Submitted by: Nastasia B., Management Consultant

“Stay green and growing, because when you begin to ripen, you begin to rot.” ~Unknown

Submitted by: James K., Management Consultant

“Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.” ~Wayne Huizenga

Submitted by: Don K., Principal Consultant

“Don’t wish that it was easier, wish that you were better. Don’t wish for less problem’s, wish for more skills.” ~Jim Rohn

Submitted by: Elton S., Management Consultant

No quote. Just the concept of how “a simple idea can transform the world.

Submitted by: Jon C., Director of Special Projects

“When we’re able to put most of our energy into developing our natural talents, extraordinary room for growth exists. So, a revision to the ‘You-can-be-anything-you-want-to-be’ maxim might be more accurate: You cannot be anything you want to be – but you can be a lot more of who you already are.” ~Tom Rath

“Peace ~ it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work, it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart” ~Anonymous

Submitted by: Shay S., Business Development Associate

“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” ~Roy E. Disney

Submitted by: Misty M., Business Development Associate

“Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results.” ~Anonymous

Submitted by: Jerry W., Business Development Associate

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~Teddy Roosevelt

Submitted by: Pat D., Analysis Manager

“Leadership can’t be claimed like luggage at the airport. Leadership can’t be inherited, even though you may inherit a leadership position. And leadership can’t be given as a gift – even if you’ve been blessed with an abundance of leadership skills to share with someone else. Leadership must be earned by mastering a defined set of skills and by working with others to achieve common goals.” ~David Cottrell

“You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end – which you can never afford to lose – with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.” ~Admiral Jim Stockdale

Submitted by: Ed C., Management Consultant

“I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” ~Estee Lauder

“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” ~Thomas Jefferson

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that throw at him.” ~David Brinkley

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Submitted by: Veronica W., Business Development Associate

“Do not try to make circumstances fit your plans. Make plans that fit the circumstances.” ~George S. Patton

Submitted by: Michael S., Analysis Manager

“Oh Yes, the past can hurt. But, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” ~Rafiki

Submitted by: Carlos M., Management Consultant

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

Submitted by: Neil K., Director of Analysis

“Hard times build determination and inner strength. Through them we can also come to appreciate the uselessness of anger. Instead of getting angry nurture a deep caring and respect for troublemakers because by creating such trying circumstances they provide us with invaluable opportunities to practice tolerance and patience.” ~Dalai Lama

“Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” ~ Mark Twain

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~Steve Jobs

“The price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret.” ~Stefan Stojchevski

“Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you’ll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.” ~ Janet Fitch, White Oleander

“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“Change your thoughts and you’ll change your world” ~Norman Vincent Peale

“The family is both the fundamental unit of society as well as the root of culture. It … is a perpetual source of encouragement, advocacy, assurance, and emotional refueling that empowers a child to venture with confidence into the greater world and to become all that he can be.” ~Unknown

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right.” ~Henry Ford

“Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie. Which we ascribe to heaven.” ~William Shakespeare

“If you love life, then do not squander time for that is the stuff that life is made of.” ~Ben Franklin

“No matter what happens between us, or what happens around us, is never as important as what happens within us.” ~Shen Tao/Lao Tzu

“Before enlightenment: chop wood carry water. After enlightenment: chop wood carry water.” ~Buddha

“Love isn’t who you can see yourself with, it’s who you can’t see yourself without.” ~Unknown

“You come to love not by finding the perfect person,but seeing an imperfect person perfectly.” ~Sam Keen

“To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.” ~William Blake

Submitted by: Craig S., Sr. Management Consultant

If—
BY RUDYARD KIPLING
(‘Brother Square-Toes’—Rewards and Fairies)

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Submitted by: George S., Business Development Associate and Craig S., Sr. Management Consultant