Whether you’re a business owner, manager or team leader, you need the skills and techniques to be able to effectively lead, direct and inspire your team to achieve peak performance and deliver the best results possible.

When it comes to management and leadership, we love looking up to the greats in the field for ideas and motivation. Here, we’re sharing 10 of our favourite quotes from management and leadership icons – we hope you find them inspirational and motivating – and perhaps even glean a few ideas you can put into practice. Enjoy!


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


The most efficient way to produce anything is to bring together under one management as many as possible of the activities needed to turn out the product.
– Peter Drucker


Our mission statement about treating people with respect and dignity is not just words but a creed we live by every day. You can’t expect your employees to exceed the expectations of your customers if you don’t exceed the employees’ expectations of management.
– Howard Schultz


Some of the best business and nonprofit CEOs I’ve worked with over a sixty-five-year consulting career were not stereotypical leaders. They were all over the map in terms of their personalities, attitudes, values, strengths, and weaknesses.
– Peter Drucker


Hire people who are better than you are, then leave them to get on with it. Look for people who will aim for the remarkable, who will not settle for the routine.
– David Ogilvy


Focus on a few key objectives – I only have three things to do. I have to choose the right people, allocate the right number of dollars, and transmit ideas from one division to another with the speed of light. So I’m really in the business of being the gatekeeper and the transmitter of ideas.
– Jack Welch


Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
– Peter Drucker


The way you see them is the way you treat them and the way you treat them is the way they often become.
– Zig Ziglar


A good manager is a person who isn’t worried about their own career but rather the careers of those who work for them.
– H.S.M. Burns


Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
– Steven R. Covey