96+ Best Business Leadership Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Leadership in business is the capacity of a company’s management to set and achieve challenging goals, take fast and decisive action when needed, outperform the competition, and inspire others to perform at the highest level they can. Profoundly inspirational business leadership quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

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Famous Business Leadership Quotes

Data beats emotions. Sean Rad, Adly and Tinder founder

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

I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying. Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. Lao Tzu

You don’t need to have a 100 person company to develop that idea. Larry Page, Google co founder

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. Harry Truman

All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA. Reid Hoffman, Linkedİn co founder

Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult. Warren Bennis

Before dreaming about the future or marking plans, you need to articulate what you already have going for you  as entrepreneurs do. Reid Hoffman, Linkedİn co founder

You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader. Henry Ford

The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be. Reid Hoffman

To build a strong team, you must see someone else’s strength as a complement to your weakness and not a threat to your position or authority. Christine Caine

I don’t look to jump over 7 foot bars, I look for 1 foot bars that I can step over. Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.Harold R. McAlindon

In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination. Steve Case

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish. Sam Walton

Don’t be cocky. Don’t be flashy. There’s always someone better than you. Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. President John Quincy Adams

Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else. Sara Blakely

Synergy  the bonus that is achieved when things work together harmoniously. Mark Twain

What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone. Know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed. Dave Thomas

The ratio of we’s to I’s is the best indicator of the development of a team. Lewis B. Ergen

No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team. Reid Hoffman

What you do has far greater impact than what you say. Stephen Covey

As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big. Donald Trump, The Trump Organization president

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou

Whether you think you can, or think you can’t  you’re right. Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company founder

In teamwork, silence isn’t golden, it’s deadly. Mark Sanborn

Behold the turtle, he makes progress only when he sticks his neck out. Bruce Levin

You manage things; you lead people. Grace Murray Hopper

Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me. Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post Media Group president and EIC

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.  Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO

No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it. H.E. Luccock

Diligence is the mother of good luck. Benjamin Franklin

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. Bill Gates

You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions. Steve Case

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it. Andrew Carnegie

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. Walt Disney, Disney founder

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

Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the self esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish. Sam Walton

A person who is quietly confident makes the best leader. Fred Wilson

Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another. John C. Maxwell

We are really competing against ourselves, we have no control over how other people perform. Pete Cashmore

Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life forever. Amy Poehler

I like to pride myself on thinking pretty long term, but not that long term. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder

Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar. Orrin Woodward

Always deliver more than expected. Larry Page

The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there. John Buchan

Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve. Mary Kay Ash, Mary Kay Cosmetics founder

Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together. James Cash Penney

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over. Richard Branson

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. Steve Jobs

I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one. Bill Gates

It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed. Napoleon Hill

Even if you don’t have the perfect idea to begin with, you can likely adapt. Victoria Ransom

None of us is as smart as all of us. Ken Blanchard

High expectations are the key to everything. Sam Walton

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. Stephen Covey

Don’t take too much advice. Most people who have a lot of advice to give with a few exceptions generalize whatever they did. Don’t over-analyze everything.  I myself have been guilty of over thinking problems. Just build things and find out if they work. Ben Silbermann, Pinterest founder

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. Eleanor Roosevelt

You just have to pay attention to what people need and what has not been done. Russell Simmons

True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed. Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection. Sheryl Sandberg

You jump off a cliff and you assemble an airplane on the way down. Reid Hoffman

I think one of the keys to leadership is recognizing that everybody has gifts and talents. A good leader will learn how to harness those gifts toward the same goal. Ben Carson

Don’t be afraid to assert yourself, have confidence in your abilities and don’t let the bastards get you down. Michael Bloomberg

A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others see. Leroy Eimes

Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself Oprah Winfrey

Every time you have to speak, you are auditioning for leadership. James Humes

I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know. Harland Sanders

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

So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard. Caterina Fake

Many hands make light work. John Heywood

Trust your instincts. Estee Lauder

The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes. Tony Blair

There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it’s to change the world. Phil Libin

Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.  Seth Godin

If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business. Ray Kroc, McDonald’s 

Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results. Ifeanyi Onuoha

Theory is splendid but until put into practice, it is valueless. James Cash Penney, J.C. Penney founder

The task of the leader is to get their people from where they are to where they have not been. Henry Kissinger

Sustaining a successful business is a hell of a lot of work, and staying hungry is half the battle

You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case. Ken Kesey

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. Bill Gates

The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been. Henry Kissinger

If you define yourself by how you differ from the competition, you’re probably in trouble. Omar Hamoui

If you take out the team in teamwork, it’s just work. Now who wants that? Matthew Woodring Stover

If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out. Mark Zuckerberg

A leader is a person you will follow to a place you would not go by yourself. Joel Barker

Wonder what your customer really wants? Ask. Don’t tell. Lisa Stone

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

If you’re passionate about something and you work hard, then I think you will be successful. Pierre Omidyar

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Helen Keller

When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue. Josh James