51+ 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

M&A at Microsoft is a team sport for the senior leadership group. They’re all involved in it, and we all play different roles. My role is the first centralized business development role at Microsoft. — Peggy Johnson

Xerox’s innovative technology and service offerings – delivered through an expanding distribution system with a lean and flexible business model – continue to solidify our market leadership, driving consistently strong earnings performance. — Anne M. Mulcahy

Women need to be in key operational roles where they run businesses in the organization. Sometimes when organizations focus on leadership diversity, they’re mostly in areas like HR or non-operating line functions. — Gracia Martore

If anybody ran a business like that they would be out of business quickly, and Barack Obama’s leadership is driving this business, the United States of America, toward a fiscal cliff. — Chris Christie

Someday, somehow, the leadership of Planned Parenthood will have to answer for their callous disregard of the sanctity of human life. In the meantime, I am relieved that the Bryan abortion facility has gone out of business. — Bill Flores

Businesses perform better when you have diversity of view in your senior leadership positions. This is not just the right thing to do socially; it’s the right thing to do for your business. — Ruth Porat

Leadership changes, and evolving marketplace conditions can significantly impact business strategy. — Punit Renjen

The day after Donald Trump was elected, Chinese business leaders, including the heads of Baidu, stood up and gave a speech saying, ‘Come to China and build your company now.’ The cognitive dissonance of that was amazing for some of us to think we might be losing our leadership role in building companies. — Chris Sacca

In our family business, the Edelman children must earn their way – there were and will be no promises without performance and leadership. That may lead to some skinned knees, but it is certainly the best way to learn life lessons. — Richard Edelman

Most businesses think that product is the most important thing, but without great leadership, mission and a team that deliver results at a high level, even the best product won’t make a company successful. — Robert Kiyosaki

Entrepreneurialism, to me, means being able to fail. And I believe that kind of leadership is not necessary only in business, but it’s necessary for running countries, too. You’ve got to be able to believe in something strongly enough that you want to do it even if there’s a risk of failure. — Bernard L. Schwartz

I don’t run a non-profit. There are lots of non-profits in America – in Detroit, parts of Wall Street, etc. I run a not for profit. We’re a business. The only difference is that instead of selling soap or sneakers, we sell hope and leadership. — Nancy Lublin

My sports were team sports: ice hockey and baseball. The whole team dynamic is similar in business. Leadership is earned – the captain earns that role; it’s not because he’s the coach’s son. These are all things we know, but in today’s world, it’s not a bad idea to remind ourselves. — James McNerney

Few things give me more pride and hope for our future than when I see women, of all ages and backgrounds, in leadership roles. We need even more women in elected office, running businesses, and guiding organizations. — Jan Schakowsky

There are certain skills that business people have that are – that are, in fact, helpful in – when it comes to being in political leadership. — Rick Santorum

There is a science to managing high tech businesses, and it needs to be respected. One of them is that in technology businesses, leadership is temporary. It’s constantly recycling. So the asset has limited lifetime. — Eric Schmidt

I think that in any group activity – whether it be business, sports, or family – there has to be leadership or it won’t be successful. — John Wooden

What I tell women who want to get on corporate boards is to get connected! Do volunteer work, network in business, join community organization where you can demonstrate your leadership capabilities and other people can see your skills being applied. — Debra L. Reed

Twenty-eight years in business and you understand the importance of problem solving and the importance of efficiency, because if you don’t become efficient, you don’t run a business well, and you are out of business. And I think some of those principles could be applied to leadership in Washington. — Steve Daines

At HBO, my leadership had to inspire and gain the respect of employees in a large company with over 100 external business relationships in dozens of countries. — James Costos

We all know business financial performance improves when more women are in senior levels of management and leadership. — Beth Brooke

President Roosevelt’s leadership put the world on notice that the United States of America – with the freest, most dynamic economy the world had ever seen – was open for business. — John Hoeven

In politics, as in business, leadership is crucial. — Edgar Bronfman, Sr.

Showing leadership doesn’t mean every employee will run the organization; that would lead to chaos. Businesses do need someone to set the vision and then lead the team to it. — Robin S. Sharma

It’s not easy for an entrepreneur to find the time to blog. But for those who do it, it is a great tool to communicate with the various stakeholders in their business and build a reputation for thought leadership. — Fred Wilson

Goodrich is a perfect addition to our Hamilton Sundstrand business. And with a strong portfolio of complementary products, Goodrich also brought great leadership balance, great opportunities to provide more integrated systems. — Louis R. Chenevert

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship provides a fantastic platform for us to demonstrate our commitment to elevating women in business and the sport of golf through the Championship, KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, and KPMG Future Leaders Program. — Lynne Doughtie

A lot of young people just starting out unskilled, as all Americans do when they’re born here, come to this country, and so the business community is for immigration. Big businesses, small businesses, high-tech, low-tech, the communities of faith, and the Republican leadership. — Grover Norquist

My senior leadership team is half people who have been at GM for a long period of time like me, and others who have joined the company within the last five years from different industries, experiences, and countries. You have a better picture of the world. The diversity of thought is where you can make better business decisions. — Mary Barra

We hire military veterans because they make great employees. They bring proven technical and leadership skills. They understand teamwork, and they’re adaptable. Bottom line, hiring veterans is good for business. — Randall L. Stephenson

Modern, effective leadership means moving beyond the ‘grand illusion’ to engage the mass population and to align business with societal goals. — Richard Edelman

The most significant barrier to female leadership is the actual lack of females in leadership. The best advice I can give to women is to go out and start something, ideally their own businesses. If you can’t see a path for leadership within your own company, go blaze a trail of your own. — Safra A. Catz

I grew up in a household that revered building businesses. It wasn’t thinking about leadership; it was more about building something. To build something, you ultimately have to lead. — Penny Pritzker

Often, sustainability is discussed only in the context of energy. Energy sustainability is essential – but the word has a much broader meaning. It means long-term thinking about how we manage our businesses, invest in social spending, and plan for the future. This requires vision and leadership, and it requires citizen engagement. — Joe Kaeser

In a leadership role in Iraq and in running my own business, what I’ve learned is if you don’t listen, you’re going to strike out. You’re going to fail miserably. The people you work with have got to know you’re engaged and you’re listening. — Brad Wenstrup

We live in a time where government is not a leadership thing, it’s more a business that’s out there and running riot, so I guess the people have to go out there and say stuff. — Yahoo Serious

I define leadership as: Emotionally, you own your business. You own it with passion. And you either have or you don’t have an economic investment. But when you have all three of those, you are the boss from Day One, and you care every single day more than anyone. — Mickey Drexler

I have the right temperament. I have the right leadership. I’ve built an incredible company. I went to a great school. I came out – I built an incredible company. I wrote the number one selling business book of all time: ‘Trump: The Art of the Deal.’ — Donald Trump

I want American Dream growth – lots of new businesses, well-paying jobs, and American leadership in new industries, like clean energy and biotechnology. — William J. Clinton

You can learn more about leadership by reading about Lincoln than you can from most business books. — Christie Hefner

As I’ve progressed in my career, I’ve come to appreciate – and really value – the other attributes that define a company’s success beyond the P&L: great leadership, long-term financial strength, ethical business practices, evolving business strategies, sound governance, powerful brands, values-based decision-making. — Ursula Burns

We’ll have a sales leader go run engineering. A lawyer go run business development. A business development leader go run our consumer operations. We’re going to train a generalist group of leaders who know how to learn and operate in collaboration teamwork. I think that’s the future of leadership. — John T. Chambers

Why – because as a oil and gas small business owner – I know if someone is not doing their job, they should not get paid. Again leadership by example. — Jeff Landry

Each one of us, and, indeed, all those who aspire to national leadership must bring their own visions, views and styles to the business of reforming Nigeria, and the search for solutions. — Ibrahim Babangida

The one thing I have learned as a CEO is that leadership at various levels is vastly different. When I was leading a function or a business, there were certain demands and requirements to be a leader. As you move up the organization, the requirements for leading that organization don’t grow vertically; they grow exponentially. — Indra Nooyi

As a business owner, leadership is more than just telling others what to do. Leadership is about the investment we make into others and the responsibilities we accept for being the voice and direction that others count on. — Lewis Howes

Whether it was his ability to turn around the Massachusetts economy or turn around businesses in the private sector, Mitt Romney has demonstrated the leadership that we need in the White House to get the country on the right track. — Lisa Murkowski

The business manager was doing fine back in his office while they were out on the line, hungry. And, so they started to see a lot of that and there was, that maybe the leadership had its own cause. More so than the miners, you know, it was like a power struggle. — Richard Grimes

People invest in businesses that they believe have the leadership, mission and team to grow and operate profitably. — Robert Kiyosaki

In the old world of business, there was often just one seat at the leadership table for women, two at best. That meant that only so many women could advance. But in a world where women recognize the power that they own – and where technology can upend the traditional rules of engagement – one woman winning doesn’t mean another loses. — Sallie Krawcheck

There’s a lot of buzz words in the business world these days – Design thinking, innovation, fast-failure, disruption, cross-functional leadership – and at the heart of every one of these concepts is the ability for people to make small moves forward, learn, iterate. — Mel Robbins

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