15 Motivational Quotes To Inspire Managers


Everyone needs a little motivation from time to time—especially managers. There are many things that provide inspiration—seeing others succeed, nature, family, friends, etc.—but sometimes reading inspirational quotes from great people can be an awesome source for motivation! As 2016 comes to us quickly, turn to this list of quotes to give you the edge you need to conquer the New Year!

  1. Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you. Listen in such a way that others love to speak to you. – Anonymous

  2. People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel. -Maya Angelou

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

  4. Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and forgiving heart, one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them. – Marvin J. Ashton

  5. The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. – Kenneth Blanchard

  6. People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. – John Maxwell

  7. Leaders don’t create followers. They create more leaders. – Tom Peters

  8. Treat employees like they make a difference and they will. – Jim Goodnight

  9. Earn your leadership every day. – Michael Jordan

  10. You can choose courage or you can choose comfort, but you cannot choose both. – Dr. Brene Brown

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

  12. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. – Winston Churchill

  13. You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things. – Mother Teresa

  14. One of the most important leadership lessons is realizing you’re not the most important or the most intelligent person in the room at all times. – Mario Batali

  15. The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails. – John Maxwell



Denis Coleman

Denis Coleman is the founder and CEO of Work Compass, a cloud staff performance collaboration software platform that helps teams align their efforts with strategic goals and continuously improve performance. Frustrated with the disconnect between strategy setting and day to day execution and the lack of tools available to managers to help them be great at their most important function …. Aligning their teams activities with strategic goals and actively managing for high performance Denis spent over 5 years researching strategy execution and performance management practices before founding Work Compass to create a software solution. Denis has held senior roles in Ireland, Czech Republic and North America with high performing electronics manufacturing and professional services organisations for more than 12 years. Denis has worked as Finance Director responsible for €800 million in annual revenues for Flextronics International, Key Account Manager responsible for annual revenues of more than €600 million for Dovatron International and Management Consultant for BDO one of Europe’s most successful professional services providers.

  • Mike H

    Great stuff, Denis! “Earn your leadership every day.” Resonates well!

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