75+ 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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Most Famous Boss Quotes

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

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

Increasingly, management’s role is not to organize work, but to direct passion and purpose. – Greg Satell

Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility. – Peter F. Drucker

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

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

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

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

Every boss started as a worker. – Moosa Rahat

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

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

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

A good boss makes his men realize they have more ability than they think they have so that they consistently do better work than they thought they could. – Charles Erwin Wilson

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

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

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

Talent is the multiplier. The more energy and attention you invest in it, the greater the yield. The time you spend with your best is, quite simply, your most productive time. – Marcus Buckingham

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

Too many companies believe people are interchangeable. Truly gifted people never are. They have unique talents. Such people cannot be forced into roles they are not suited for, nor should they be. Effective leaders allow great people to do the work they were born to do. – Warren G. Bennis

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

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

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

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

No great manager or leader ever fell from heaven; it’s learned, not inherited. – Tom Northup

Remember the Golden Rule, ‘Treat people as you would like to be treated’? The best managers break the Golden Rule every day. They would say don’t treat people as you would like to be treated. This presupposes that everyone breathes the same psychological oxygen as you. For example, if you are competitive, everyone must be similarly competitive. If you like to be praised in public, everyone else must too. Everyone must share your hatred of micromanagement. – Marcus Buckingham

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

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

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 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

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

What it takes to do a job will not be learned from management courses. It is principally a matter of experience, the proper attitude, and common sense–none of which can be taught in a classroom … Human experience shows that people, not organizations or management systems, get things done. – Hyman G. Rickover

Early on I realized that I had to hire people smarter and more qualified than I was in a number of different fields, and I had to let go of a lot of decision making. I can’t tell you how hard that is. But if you’ve imprinted your values on the people around you, you can dare to trust them to make the right moves. – Howard Schultz

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

Learn to obey before you command. – Solon

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

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

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The three “C’s”of leadership are Consideration, Caring, and Courtesy. Be polite to everyone. – Brian Tracy”

It’s not the people you fire who make your life miserable. It’s the people you don’t. – Dick Grote

Every time you make a rule you take away a choice, and choice, with all of its illuminating repercussions, is the fuel for learning. – Marcus Buckingham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, and how you’re led. – Steve Jobs

Focus on a few key objectives … I only have three things to do. I have to choose the right people, allocate the right number of dollars, and transmit ideas from one division to another with the speed of light. So I’m really in the business of being the gatekeeper and the transmitter of ideas. – Jack Welch

Remember the difference between a boss and a leader; “a boss says Go!” a leader says “Let’s go!” – E.M. Kelly”

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

A boss says “go and make sure you do it”; a leader says “let’s go and make it happen”. Bosses control people; leaders involve them. – Israelmore Ayivor

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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People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives – Theodore Roosevelt

The conventional definition of management is getting work done through people, but real management is developing people through work. – Agha Hasan Abedi

The four keys of great managers: (1) When selecting someone, they select for talent … not simply experience, intelligence, or determination. (2) When setting expectations, they define the right outcomes … not the right steps. (3) When motivating someone, they focus on strengths … not on weaknesses. (4) When developing someone, they help him find the right fit … not simply the next rung on the ladder. – Marcus Buckingham

Being a leader is making the people you love hate you a little more each day. – Patrick Ness

A leader is best when people barely know that he exists. – Witter Bynner

A good boss is a person who can tolerate my complaints and still manage to say hello to me every day. – Byron Pusifer

No great manager or leader ever fell from heaven; it’s learned, not inherited. – Tom Northup

A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame; a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all; a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery; a leader makes it interesting. – Russell H. Ewing

One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. – Arnold Glasow

Your real boss is the one who walks around under your hat. – Napoleon Hill

A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame; a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all; a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery; a leader makes it interesting. – Russell H. Ewing

The worst mistake a boss can make is not to say ‘well done’ – John Ashcroft

It’s always better to deliver the news yourself rather than allow your boss to be surprised. – Mary Cheney

Most bosses know instinctively that their power depends more on employee’s compliance than on threats or sanctions. – Bartolme, Fernanda

Leaders are influential because they live and inspire other people’s future. – Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

Every boss, if you are forgetting, is another human being made of bones and flesh and likes it when his ego gets stroked. – Abhishek Ratna

Leaders need to be optimists. Their vision is beyond the present. – Rudy Giuliani

A good boss makes his men realize they have more ability than they think they have so that they consistently do better work than they thought they could. – Charles Erwin Wilson

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