61+ Best Boss Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Bosses are often the primary reason for people either loving or leaving their jobs. Inspirational boss quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Accomplishing the impossible means only the boss will add it to your regular duties. Doug Larson

All things are difficult before they are easy. Thomas Fuller

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

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. Steve Jobs

If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure. Bill Gates

Show respect even to people that don’t deserve it; not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours. Dave Willis

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

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Charles Darwin

Every boss started as a worker. Moosa Rahat

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers

The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm. John C. Maxwell

You are not your resume, you are your work. Seth Godin

In my house I’m the boss, my wife is just the decision maker. Woody Allen

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose. Dr. Suess

Boss may be on, but leader can be anyone. Ameya Agrawal

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Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means. Ronald Reagan

He isn’t a real boss until he has trained subordinates to shoulder most of his responsibilities Ken Blanchard

Where all think alike, no one thinks very much. Walter Lippmann

A good boss realizes that they can also learn from those they work with no matter the level, title or position. Learning is a continuous habit and is one of the best lessons demonstrated by a good boss. Byron Pulsifer

The better able team members are to engage, speak, listen, hear, interpret and respond constructively, the more likely their teams are to leverage conflict rather than be leveled by it. Runde and Flanagan

No man goes before his time – unless the boss leaves early. Groucho Marx

When dealing with two-faced people, it is difficult to know which face is uglier, the real one or the manufactured one. Matshona Dhliwayo

Be a leader with a ladder, not a boss with an order. Debasish Mridha

In a world full of cynics, critics and competitors, we get to choose instead to be cheerleaders for others. Shelley Hendrix

The way to find the real boss is to find out who hires the lawyers David Weinbaum

People who are in pain hurts other people, people who are happy makes other people happy, they don’t mistreat other people. When you think of it that way it makes it easier to forgive and have a little bit more compassion towards difficult people. Jeanette Coron

The secret of successful managing is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the four guys who haven’t made up their minds. Casey Stengel

Sharks don’t eat fish because of anything the fish do. They don’t eat fish because those fish aren’t good enough fish, or because those fish aren’t nice enough to the sharks. Sharks eat fish because they are sharks. Drenda Keesee

The only time some people work like a horse is when the boss rides them. Gabriel Heatter

Do not think of knocking out another person’s brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago. Horace Mann

The speed of the boss is the speed of the team. Lee Iacocca

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A good manager doesn’t try to eliminate conflict; he tries to keep it from wasting the energies of his people. If you’re the boss and your people fight you openly when they think that you are wrong that’s healthy. Robert Townsend

A good manager is a man who isn’t worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him. H. S. M. Burns

There are some people who always seem angry and continuously look for conflict. Walk away from these people. The battle they’re are fighting isn’t with you, it’s with themselves. Rashida Rowe

Inspirational Boss Quotes

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

When introverts are in conflict with each other, it may require a map in order to follow all the silences, nonverbal cues and passive-aggressive behaviors! Adam S. McHugh

Don’t blame the boss. He has enough problems. Donald Rumsfeld

There are two ways of meeting difficulties: You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself meeting them. Phyllis Bottome

Being a boss anywhere is lonely. Being a female boss in a world of mostly men is especially so. Allison Gomme

You can’t control other people’s behavior, but you can conrol your responses to it. Roberta Cava

Learn to obey before you command. Solon

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The more we run from conflict, the more it masters us; the more we try to avoid it, the more it controls us; the less we fear conflict, the less it confuses us; the less we deny our differences, the less they divide us. David Augsburger

It is always a great honor to be the driver of your own car, to be the boss of your own fate! Mehmet Murat ildan

Listen to those under your supervision. Really listen. Don’t act as if you’re listening and let it go in one ear and out the other. Faking it is worse than not doing it at all. Robert I. Sutton

Unless you accept anyone to be your boss, no man can be your boss! Mehmet Murat ildan

In business, when two people always agree, one of them is irrelevant. William Wrigley

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. John C. Maxwell

The Law of Win/Win says, ‘Let’s not do it your way or my way; let’s do it the best way.’ Greg Anderson

In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way. Tina Fey

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict. William Ellery Channing

There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else. Sam Walton

Even if toxic people are right about what is ‘good,’ they are wrong if the approach is not healthy. John L. Lund

Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position. Brian Tracy

top boss quotes

There’s been a quantum leap technologically in our age, but unless there’s another quantum leap in human relations, unless we learn to live in a new way towards one another, there will be a catastrophe. Albert Einstein

A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit. John C. Maxwell

Bosses shape how people spend their days and whether they experience joy or despair, perform well or badly, or are healthy or sick. Unfortunately, there are hoards of mediocre and downright rotten bosses out there, and big gaps between the best and the worst. Robert I. Sutton

By working eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day. Robert Frost

When one ceases from conflict, whether because he has won, because he has lost, or because he cares no more for the game, the virtue passes out of him. Charles Horton Cooley

You’ll never make a fortune working for the boss man Jeannette Walls

The person who knows how will always have job. The person who knows WHY will always be his boss. Diane Ravitch

A leader leads by example, not by force. Sun Tzu

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