64+ 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

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

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

A boss says you do it, a leader says let’s do it. Amit Kalantri

Really, every day is the perfect day to boss up. Every day that you wake up is a perfect day to boss up. It’s all about continuing to put one foot in front of the next. That’s what it’s about. Whatever you think you’re going through, just put one foot in front of the next. Rick Ross

Every leader is a boss, but every boss is not a leader.  Amit Kalantri

My relationship with my body has changed. I used to consider it as a servant who should obey, function, give pleasure. In sickness, you realise that you are not the boss. It is the other way around. Federico Fellini

Leadership is not a position. It is who you are. Janna Cachola

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

You telling everyone what to do does not make you the boss. You doing everything you told yourself to do makes you the boss. Terry Crews

As a boss, as a CEO, as a creative director, as a chef, I’ve learned that failure will always come. I’ve learned to give it a big squeeze, smile at it, humble myself to it and then use it as a springboard to send me on my way to strength, success, and fulfillment. Christina Tosi

A good leader always accepts the blame and distributes the reward. Amit Kalantri

The truth is that stress doesn’t come from your boss, your kids, your spouse, traffic jams, health challenges, or other circumstances. It comes from your thoughts about these circumstances. Andrew J. Bernstein

If you’re a boss, and not a leader, your time is limited.  T.F. Hodge

I faced a number of challenges whilst I built Biocon. Initially, I had credibility challenges where I couldn’t get banks to fund me I couldn’t recruit people to work for a woman boss. Even in the businesses where I had to procure raw materials, they didn’t want to deal with women. Kiran Mazumdar

Be the leader, not the boss. Debasish Mridha MD

I’m my own boss, my own editor, my own shooter, my own writer, everything. This is all stuff I learned through trial and error failing at a lot of things has taught me how to succeed at them eventually you roll with the punches. Lilly Singh

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

So, being a good man is not an exam or a qualification, it changes, and it incorporates being a good friend, a good father, a good employee, a good boss, a good neighbour and a good citizen. A. A. Gill

If you define yourself by the title of coach or boss, you’ll never earn real trust from your players or employees. Bill Courtney

My closest friends are Roger Moore, who is an actor, Sean Connery, who is an actor, Terry O’Neill, who is a photographer, Johnny Gold, who was the boss of Tramp, and Leslie Bricusse, who is a composer. Michael Caine

In the past, a leader was a boss. Today’s leaders must be partners with their people they no longer can lead solely based on positional power. Ken Blanchard

In the past a leader was a boss. Today’s leaders must be partners with their people they no longer can lead solely based on positional power. Ken Blanchard

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

Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse. Murphy’s First Corollary If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the next morning you will have a flat tire. George Edward Woodberry

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

In the Army, because the stakes are so high right? you can’t just be a yes man and say, Great idea, boss! if you don’t believe it right? because lives are at stake. And the commanders that I’ve worked for, they want frank assessments; they want criticism and feedback. H. R. McMaster

You can be your own boss. Sunday Adelaja

Many people dream about being an entrepreneur, starting their own business, working for themselves, and living the good life. Very few, however, will actually take the plunge and put everything they’ve got into being their own boss. Fabrizio Moreira

Be a Boss, Run a company, Own a movement but never let your heartbeat be anywhere else but home! Kingsley Opuwari Manuel

Early on, when I was quite young and going from job to job, I was foolish enough to sometimes speak to my fellow workers: Hey, the boss can come in here at any moment and lay all of us off, just like that, don’t you realize that? They would just look at me. I was posing something that they didn’t want to enter their minds. Charles Bukowski

Everyone has a boss, and a business owner’s boss is the customer. Sabrina Newby

I’ve played Frankie Cosmos shows where the promoter or whoever sees that I’m the lead singer, and then they go up to David, the bassist, and are like, So, do we pay you? And he’s like, No, you pay her she’s the boss. Those are moments where I’m just like, I’m clearly in charge. Frankie Cosmos

Some people have the courage to bungee jump or even sky dive, yet they lack the courage to work for themselves. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

I was into the Mets because my Dad worked at IBM where he got free Mets tickets, so I was into the Mets then I got to ‘Saturday Night Live’ where my boss has unbelievable N.Y. Yankees tickets, so he invites us to the games. I’m going to all the games, so I might as well root for the team I’m gonna go sit with. Jimmy Fallon

When you work for yourself, it’s a real bummer when you don’t like the boss! Anthony T. Hincks

When I wear Hugo Boss The Scent For Her, I feel more confident, attractive, and seductive it’s the perfect fragrance for a date. Anna Ewers

If self employment is the opposite of employed by others, then a job is outsourcing your freedom time and talent to a boss. Richie Norton

My father is my best friend. He’s my idol and my boss. We work side by side and spend every weekend together. Eric Trump

You’ll never get rich by working for your boss. Felix Dennis

Bigg Boss’ is a show where you cannot fake or act. And most of these television actors pretend to be the characters they play. I accept the audience doesnt know me, but they will, and I am sure they will fall in love with me too. Nikki Tamboli

An effective boss is someone who doesn’t have to boss around to be effective. Jag Randhawa

No one wants to follow a pessimist. You can be skeptical, you can be realistic, but you can’t be cynical. If your boss is Eeyore, do you want to work with someone like that? Oh, bother. Bob Iger

Very often managers are just a noise, while the real boss is the project, which we work for and which pays us.  Yegor Bugayenko

Let me spell it out: with the psychotic boss, nothing you do is ever quite right. They set traps, asking you to do things, and no matter how hard you think of accomplishing it in their way, it is wrong and you are to blame. This tends to instill a lot of fear in you. Robert Greene

The best bosses master the fine art of emotional detachment. They learn to forgive people who lash out at them and they learn to forgive themselves, too.  Robert I. Sutton

Curiosity at work isn’t a matter of style. It’s much more powerful than that. If you’re the boss, and you manage by asking questions, you’re laying the foundation for the culture of your company or your group. You’re letting people know that the boss is willing to listen. Brian Grazer

The best bosses break down problems into bite sized pieces and talk and act like each little task is something that people can complete without great difficulty. Robert I. Sutton

I became Iggy because I had a sadistic boss at a record store. I’d been in a band called the Iguanas. And when this boss wanted to embarrass and demean me, he’d say, Iggy, get me a coffee, light. Iggy Pop

Every man wants commendation, so do not just commend your boss, commend those who are under you. Sunday Adelaja

I think the main goal of the feminist movement was the status degradation of the full time homemaker. They really wanted to get all women out of the homes and into the workforce. And again and again, they taught that the only fulfilling lifestyle was to be in the workforce reporting to a boss instead of being in the home reporting to a husband. Phyllis Schlafly

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

In the startup work environment, you get to have a relationship with your boss, the investors, and the key members of the team. Startups are like families you see the good, the bad and the ugly, but in the end, you’ve got each other’s back. Clay Clark

Authority confined in you does not make you a leader. It is the authority created by you that makes you influence people with your purpose. Israelmore Ayivor

The name Boss started with people that worked for me It was not meant like Boss, capital B, it was meant like Boss, where’s my dough this week? And it was sort of just a term among friends. I never really liked it. Bruce Springsteen

I’ve always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team. Lee Iacocca

In sixth grade I had a band called The Blueberry Waterfall. I had borrowed a guy’s Fender Jaguar and Boss Tone Fuzz, which you plugged straight into a Blackface Twin. It was a little power trio we were actually pretty good for our age. Steve Lukather

My idea of management is that what your job is as the boss is to find really good people and empower them and leave them alone. Ruth Reichl

I worked in a Starbucks that wasn’t very popular before the big coffee boom in London. My boss didn’t take kindly to my incessant sitting. I was like, Look, I’ve dusted everything, the stockroom is all figured out. I would rather sit now so I have the energy when a customer does come in. Andrew Garfield

A baby is the most demanding boss, but pays your salary with smiles and love. Apollo M

I admire my boss, Lorne Michaels. He never stops producing. I think, for him, comedy is a tool of compassion, a way of rallying people together and saying, Guys, isn’t the world bonkers? Aren’t we all just trying our best? There’s a tenderness in everything he does. Kate McKinnon

Boss asked if I was ready for more responsibility. I’m eating around a sticker on an apple cause I’m too lazy to peel it off, so I guess, no. Nitya Prakash

My wife, Jill, and I have an incredibly close working relationship, and an incredibly happy married one. We met through work. I was the world’s worst advertising copywriter. She had the misfortune to be my account director, so from the very start she was my boss, and she still is. Anthony Horowitz