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Top 33 Inspirational Quotes For Managers

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We usually write about motivating employees. But this time we decided it’s time to motivate the person behind a team’s success. The manager. Here’s why we decided that it’s high time we write down a list of quotes for managers to inspire motivation in them.

Managers are perhaps the most underrated piece in the organizational puzzle. Seeing that they are considered as the bridge between employees and senior executives, they deserve the due credit.

On a day to day basis, managers face a tremendous amount of stress and demotivation. From ensuring that a project gets completed on time to overseeing every aspect of the teamwork, the burnout that they face is not often talked about.

Managers need as much motivation as every other working person. Here is a compilation of the 33 best quotes for managers that will help you to gear up for your next challenge to tackle.

33 Quotes For Managers To Show Why They Are Irreplaceable

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1. Stephen Covey

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

2. Paul Hawken

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.

3. Peter Drucker

A manager sets objectives, organizes, motivates and communicates, sets yardsticks, and measures develops people.

4. Liz Brenner

Great managers fight for their people.

5. Jack Welch

One of the jobs of a manager is to instill confidence, pump confidence into your people. And when you've got somebody who's raring to go and you can smell it and feel it, give 'em that shot.

6. Brian Tracy

Achieving the highest possible return on human capital must be every manager's goal.

7. Steve Jobs

Management is about persuading people to do things they do not want to do, while leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could.

8. Lee Iacocca

If I had to sum up in a word what makes a good manager, I'd say decisiveness. You can use the fanciest computers to gather the numbers, but in the end you have to set a timetable and act.

9. Frederick W. Smith

A manager is not a person who can do the work better than his men; he is a person who can get his men to do the work better than he can.

10. Earl Weaver

A manager's job is simple. For one hundred sixty-two games you try not to screw up all that smart stuff your organization did last December.

11. Arsene Wenger

A manager is a guide. He takes a group of people and says, 'With you I can make us a success; I can show you the way.'

12. John D. Rockefeller

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

13. Jim Goodnight

Treat employees like they make a difference and they will.

14. George S. Patton

Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you.

15. Robert Townsend

One of the most important tasks of a manager is to eliminate his people’s excuse for failure.

16. James Cook

To be a good manager of people requires both fairness and bluntness.

17. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

18. Nelson Mandela

It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.

19. Marissa Mayer

Find the smartest people you can and surround yourself with them.

20. Helen McCabe

One bad day from one member of my staff doesn’t mean they are not really good at their jobs the rest of the time. I play a long game in terms of management.

21. Casey Stengel

The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.

22. Marcus Buckingham

As a manager, your job is not to teach people talent. Your job is to help them earn the accolade "talented" by matching their talent to the role. To do this well, like all great managers, you have to pay close attention to the subtle but significant differences between roles.

23. Ben Horowitz

A manager can't act like a role model. They need to be a role model.

24. Carlos Ghosn

I think that the best training a top manager can be engaged in is management by example.

25. Jim Rohn

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.

26. Ben Horowitz

If I have one skill as a manager, I can make things extremely clear.

27. Denis Waitley

Don't be a time manager, be a priority manager. Cut your major goals into bite-sized pieces. Each small priority or requirement on the way to ultimate goal become a mini goal in itself.

28. Mike Huckabee

A leader is the one who can outline the broad vision and the direction, and say here's where we are going to go, here's why we need to go there, and here's how we are going to get there. A manager is the one who actually gets up under the hood and tunes the carburetor.

29. Bob Nelson

An employee's motivation is a direct result of the sum of interactions with his or her manager.

30. Mark Hughes

Sometimes the manager actually is the glue that holds everything together, and when you take that manager out, sometimes that's when things start to go really wrong.

31. Edin Dz

I think, for every player, it is important he knows the manager believes in him, and it is important he has the confidence of the manager. That helps you to find the best form.

32. Charles Murray

You can learn a lot about good management by working under someone who is a bad manager.

33. Eliyahu Goldratt

To be a good manager, a manager tries to constantly fight to reduce waste.


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This article is written by Barasha Medhi who is a part of the marketing team at Vantage Circle. Barasha can be found either searching for interesting HR, company culture, and corporate buzzwords to write about or looking at pictures of cozy Bel Air mansions. For any related queries, contact