Manager Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old manager quotes, manager sayings, and manager proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The extraordinary manager operates on the emotional and spiritual resources of the organization, on its values, commitment, and aspirations.     

Warren Bennis

He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.     

Aristotle

You can't always wait for the guys at the top. Every manager at every level in the organization has an opportunity, big or small, to do something. Every manager's got some sphere of autonomy. Don't pass the buck up the line.     

Bob Anderson

The best managers figure out how to get great outcomes by setting the appropriate context, rather than by trying to control their people.     

Reed Hastings

The challenge of being a manager is to get the best out of everybody, not just the few who are clones of yourself.     

Tim Field

To be a manager, one must be able to manage her own relationship with the people around her, as well as the relationships among her subordinates. Just being perfect in paperwork and operations does not make one a good manager.     

Sophie L. Rose

A smart manager will establish a culture of gratitude. Expand the appreciative attitude to suppliers, vendors, delivery people, and of course, customers.     

Harvey Mackay

Managers help people see themselves as they are; Leaders help people to see themselves better than they are.     

Jim Rohn

A manager must appreciate and understand the importance of every resource he has. There is a specific purpose for every resource. It is the duty of the manager to utilise the resources to the fullest in the most appropriate manner.     

Abhishek Ratna

Managers assert drive and control to get things done; leaders pause to discover new ways of being and achieving.     

Kevin Cashman