81+ 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

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

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

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

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

A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them. M.D.Arnold

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

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

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

“True leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.”

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 leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but where they ought to be. Rosalynn Carter

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

The mediocre boss tells. The good boss explains. The superior boss demonstrates. The great boss inspires.

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

A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected.

Working for you is an honor, working without you is an absolute horror. Working under you is a pleasure, an experience that I will truly treasure.

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

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

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

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more. You are a leader

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

I’ve always known that I wanted to be different. I wanted to stand out, so my gear is very elaborate, very blingy, very loud, because I want people to notice me, want to look like me. The Boss necklace, the ring. I want everything big. Sasha Banks

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

The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.

From being nothing to something, I have travelled a long journey under the guidance of my boss.

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

A boss has always been a motivational factor but sometimes an employee can motivate the hell out a boss as well.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My advice to women in general: Even if you’re doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss. Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want – and don’t allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge. Nicki Minaj

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

I am an animator. I feel like I’m the manager of a animation cinema factory. I am not an executive. I’m rather like a foreman, like the boss of a team of craftsmen. That is the spirit of how I work. Hayao Miyazaki

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