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Popular Quotes from Management Gurus

Top 50 Popular Quotes from Management Gurus

Leadership and Management philosophies differ from a management guru to another management guru. Here are 50 useful quotes from top notch management doyens that will help you understand the various facets of management from their rich experience. You can treat these quotes as a starting point to build your dreams.

Popular Quotes from Management Gurus
Michael Porter

 Strategy Quotes from Michael Porter 

  1. Strategy is about making choices, trade-offs; it’s about deliberately choosing to be different.”
  2. “The underlying principles of strategy are enduring, regardless of technology or the pace of change.”
  3. “The essence of strategy is that you must set limits on what you’re trying to accomplish.”
  4. “The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.”
  5. “The chief strategist of an organization has to be the leader – the ceo.”
  6. “If all you’re trying to do is essentially the same thing as your rivals, then it’s unlikely that you’ll be very successful.”
  7. “Finally, strategy must have continuity. It can’t be constantly reinvented.”
  8. “Innovation is the central issue in economic prosperity.”
  9. “Sound strategy starts with having the right goal.”
  10. “So companies have to be very schizophrenic. On one hand, they have to maintain continuity of strategy. But they also have to be good at continuously improving.”
Leadership Quotes from Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

Leadership Quotes from Stephen Covey 

  1. “Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.”
  2. “There are three constants in life… Change, choice and principles.”
  3. Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.”
  4. “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”
  5. “We are not animals. We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice.”
  6. “Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.”
  7. “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
  8. “Public behavior is merely private character writ large.”
  9. “When you really listen to another person from their point of view, and reflect back to them that understanding, it’s like giving them emotional oxygen.”
  10. “Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”
Emotional Intelligence Quotes from Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman

Emotional Intelligence Quotes from Daniel Goleman

  1. Emotional intelligence begins to develop in the earliest years. All the small exchanges children have with their parents, teachers, and with each other carry emotional messages.”
  2. “Well, any effort to maximize your potential and ability is a good thing.”
  3. “Teachers need to be comfortable talking about feelings.”
  4. “There is zero correlation between iq and emotional empathy… They’re controlled by different parts of the brain.”
  5. “People tend to become more emotionally intelligent as they age and mature.”
  6. “Mindful meditation has been discovered to foster the ability to inhibit those very quick emotional impulses.”
  7. “If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.”
  8. “the emotional brain responds to an event more quickly than the thinking brain.”
  9. But once you are in that field, emotional intelligence emerges as a much stronger predictor of who will be most successful, because it is how we handle ourselves in our relationships that determines how well we do once we are in a given job.”
  10. “My hope was that organizations would start including this range of skills in their training programs – in other words, offer an adult education in social and emotional intelligence.”
Productivity Quotes from Ken lanchard
Ken Blanchard

 Productivity Quotes from Ken Blanchard

  1. “The productivity of a work group seems to depend on how the group members see their own goals in relation to the goals of the organization.”
  2. “For a manager to be perceived as a positive manager, they need a four to one positive to negative contact ratio.”
  3. “People who produce good results feel good about themselves.”
  4. “Don’t quack like a duck, soar like an eagle.”
  5. “In the past a leader was a boss. Today’s leaders must be partners with their people… They no longer can lead solely based on positional power.”
  6. “The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.”
  7. “My own experience about all the blessings i’ve had in my life is that the more i give away, the more that comes back. That is the way life works, and that is the way energy works.”
  8. “I never use notes, they interfere with me.”
  9. “There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”
  10. “Everyone knows that not all change is good or even necessary. But in a world that is constantly changing, it is to our advantage to learn how to adapt and enjoy something better.”
Motivation Quotes from Wayne Dyer


Motivation Quotes from Wayne Dyer

  1. “Deficiency motivation doesn’t work. It will lead to a life-long pursuit of try to fix me. Learn to appreciate what you have and where and who you are.”
  2. “Successful people make money. It’s not that people who make money become successful, but that successful people attract money. They bring success to what they do.”
  3. “Everything is perfect in the universe – even your desire to improve it.”
  4. “Everything you are against weakens you. Everything you are for empowers you.”
  5. “Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery.”
  6. “Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.”
  7. “How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”
  8. “I cannot always control what goes on outside. But i can always control what goes on inside.”
  9. “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
  10. “It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either.”

These quotes will inspire you for sure and I hope motivate you to know more about these authors. Every one of the popular personalities listed here is one of a kind and the society has and been benefited by their words and wisdom.