Business ethics, management

Quotations: Business ethics, management

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
— Peter Drucker, economist, management guru, author (1909-2005)

Don’t tell people how to do things; tell them what to do and let them surprise you with the results.
— George S. Patton, Army general (1885-1945)

Inventories can be managed, but people must be led.
— H. Ross Perot, businessman

What you cannot enforce, do not command.
— Sophocles, Greek playwright (c. 496 BC-406 BC)

A good leader inspires others with confidence; a great leader inspires them with confidence in themselves.
— Unknown

A good leader can’t get too far ahead of his followers.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president (1882-1945)

Leadership is getting someone to do what they don’t want to do but to achieve what they want to achieve.
— Tom Landry, pro football coach (1924-2000)

I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.
— Talleyrand, French diplomat (1754-1838)

Great necessities call forth great leaders.
— Abigail Adams, First Lady (1744-1818)

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
— Ralph Nader, activist lawyer, consumer advocate

Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.
— Jesse Jackson, civil-rights activist, minister

It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.
— Adlai Stevenson, politician, statesman (1900-1965)

The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.
— Faye Wattleton, nurse, administrator, author

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.
— Isaac Newton, physicist, mathematician, astronomer, inventor (1643-1727)

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
— John Quincy Adams, 6th president (1767-1848)

The price of greatness is responsibility.
— Winston Churchill, British prime minister (1874-1965)

A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops; an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.
— John J. Pershing, Army general (1860-1948)

In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.
— Thomas Jefferson, 3rd president (1743-1826)

To lead people, walk beside them.
— Lao-tsu, Chinese philosopher (c. 4th-6th century BC)

The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.
— John Buchan, Scottish politician, author (1875-1940)

Men make history, not the other way around.
— Harry Truman, 33rd president (1884-1972)

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, author, poet, philosopher (1803-1882)

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, First Lady

Management works in the system; leadership works on the system.
— Stephen R. Covey, management consultant, author

Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy.
— H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Army general

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.
— John C. Maxwell, motivational teacher, author

I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.
— Henry Ford, industrialst (1863-1947)

The time is always right to do what is right.
— Martin Luther King, Jr., civil-rights leader, minister (1929-1968)

Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.
— Henry Clay, statesman, orator, politician (1777-1852)

One man with courage makes a majority.
— Andrew Jackson, 7th president (1767-1845)

The pessimist sees danger in every opportunity; the optimist sees opportunity in every danger.
— Winston Churchill, British prime minister (1874-1965)

Lead me, follow me or get out of the way.
— George S. Patton, Army general (1885-1945)

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
— T. S. Eliot, poet, dramatist, critic (1888-1965)

The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it.
— Lord Thomas Macaulay, British poet, historian, politician (1800-1859)

Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose.
— Benjamin Disraeli, British statesman, author (1804-1881)

Leaders don’t create followers; they create more leaders.
— Tom Peters, business-management writer

One measure of leadership is the caliber of people who choose to follow you.
— Dennis A. Peer

Leadership is action, not position.
— Leadership is action, not position.

When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that person is crazy.
— Dave Barry, humor writer

Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.
— Thomas J. Watson, founder of IBM (1874-1956)

A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.
— John C. Maxwell, pastor, author, leadership expert

Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge — fitter to bruise than polish.
— Anne Bradstreet, writer, poet (1612-1672)

If two or three persons should come with a high spiritual aim and with great powers, the world would fall into their hands like a ripe peach.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, author, poet, philosopher (1803-1882)

A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not.
— Unknown

I don’t want you to follow me or anyone else. If you are looking for a Moses to lead you out of the capitalist wilderness, you will stay right where you are. I would not lead you into this promised land if I could because if I could lead you in, someone else could lead you out.
— Eugene V. Debs, labor and political leader (1855-1926)

There go my people. I must find out where they are going so I can lead them.
— Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin, French politician (1807-1874)

Every leader needs to look back once in a while to make sure he has followers.
— Unknown

The real leader has no need to lead; he is content to point the way.
— Henry Miller, writer (1891-1980)

Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
— Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President (1890-1969)

Remember the difference between a boss and a leader. A boss says, Go! A leader says, Let’s go!
— E.M. Kelly

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
— Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President (1858-1919)

Leadership at one time meant muscle. Today it means getting along with people.
— Indira Gandhi, prime minister of India (1917-1984)

You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.
— Anthony J. D’Angelo

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
— Albert Schweitzer, German physician, musician, theologian, philosopher (1875-11965)

You can’t lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself.
— Gene Mauch, Major League player and manager (1925-2005)

A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says, I was beaten. He does not say, My men were beaten.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French writer, aviator (1900-1944 )

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
— Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist (1879-1955)

Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won’t taste good.
— Joe Paterno, college football coach

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
— Max Lucado, Christian author and minister

You cannot choose your battlefield, God does that for you. But you can plant a standard where a standard never flew.
— Nathalia Crane

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
— Proverbs 22:1

To see what is right and not to do it is cowardice.
— Confucius, Chinese philosopher (551 BC-479 BC)

If ethics are poor at the top, that behavior is copied down through the organization.
— Robert Noyce, inventor

Every right implies a responsibility, every opportunity an obligation, every possession a duty.
— John D. Rockefeller, Jr., entrepreneur (1839-1937)

Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.
— Isaac Asimov, author and biochemist (1920-1992)

Corporation, n.: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.
— Ambrose Bierce, columnist (1842-1914)

Relativity applies to physics, not ethics.
— Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist (1879-1955)

We may pretend we are basically moral people who make mistakes, but the whole of history proves otherwise.
— Terry Hands, British theatre, opera director

There is always an easy solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.
— H. L. Mencken, American journalist and humorist (1880-1956) (From “The Divine Afflatus,” originally published in 1917.)

Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.
— John Maynard Keynes, British economist (1883-1946)

Personal leadership is the process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with them.
— Stephen R. Covey, management consultant, author

The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.
— Jim Rohn, author, business coach, motivational speaker

It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.
— Roy Disney, producer

One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.
— Marie Curie, Polish chemist, radiologist (1867-1934)

No executive has ever suffered because his subordinates were strong and effective.
— Peter Drucker, economist, management guru, author (1909-2005)

It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.
— John Steinbeck, writer (1902-1968)

One machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
— Elbert Hubbard, philosopher, writer (1856-1915)

No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.
— George S. Patton, Army general (1885-1945)

When small men begin to cast long shadows, it is a sure sign the sun is setting.
— Unknown

Failure seems to be regarded as the one unpardonable crime, success as the all-redeeming virtue, the acquisition of wealth as the single worthy aim of life. The hair-raising revelations of skullduggery and grand-scale thievery merely incite others to surpass by yet bolder outrages and more corrupt combinations.
— Charles Francis Adams

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business.
— Henry Ford, industrialist (1863-1947)

There is no such thing as business ethics. There is only one kind — you have to adhere to the highest standards.
— Marvin Bower, former managing partner of McKinsey & Company

The higher the buildings, the lower the morals.
— Noel Coward, British actor, dramatist, songwriter (1899-1973)

There is one and only one responsibility of business: to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game.
— Milton Friedman, economist

Earnings can be pliable as putty when a charlatan heads the company reporting them.
— Warren Buffett, investment entrepreneur

America’s highest economic need is higher ethical standards — enforced by strict laws and upheld by responsible business leaders.
— George W. Bush, 43rd President

Executives will have to invest more and more on issues such as culture, values, ethos and intangibles. Instead of managers, they need to be cultivators and storytellers to capture minds.
— Leif Edvinsson, pioneer on intellectual capital

Ethics and religion must not stay at home when we go to work.
— Achille Silvestrini, Cardinal of the Roman Curia

The winner of any corporate competition is the company whose moral purpose best fits the prevailing environment and assets.
— Nikos Mourkogiannis, management consultant

If a man has any greatness in him, it comes to light, not in one flamboyant hour, but in the ledger of his daily work.
— Beryl Markham, English adventurer and author (1902-1986)

I don’t like people who are in politics for themselves and not for others. You want that, you can go into show business.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

Don’t forget until too late that the business of life is not business but living.
— B.C. Forbes, early 20th-century American publisher, founder of Forbes magazine

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
— Henry David Thoreau, American writer, philosopher and naturalist (1817-1862)

Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting gold.
— Maurice Setter

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
— Francis Bacon, English philosopher of science and essayist (1561-1626)

The Way of the Sage is to act but not to compete.
— Lao-Tzu, Chinese philosopher (fl. 6th century B.C., possibly apocryphal), in the Tao Te Ching