Quotes from Different Leadership Styles

Here are different leadership styles quotes

Life is about discovering who we are…

Leading is about striving to become better than we are and helping everything and everyone around us to become better too.

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Democratic/participatory leadership quotes
Democratic/participatory leadership quotes

These leaders are known as big innovators and strong collaborators.

Many of them blended different leadership styles or evolved to adopt the characteristics of democratic leaders.

Here are some quotations that reveal their devotion to democratic and participatory leadership:

Thomas Aquinas: “If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.”

Jeff Bezos: “I strongly believe that missionaries make better products. They care more. For a missionary, it’s not just about the business. There has to be a business, and the business has to make sense. But that’s not why you do it. You do it because you have something meaningful that motivates you.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower: “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”

David Packard: “Take risks. Ask big questions. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not reaching far enough.”

Steve Jobs: “One of the keys to Apple is Apple’s an incredibly collaborative company.”

Ginny Rometty: “I ask everyone’s opinion when they don’t speak up. And then, when they have an opinion, I’ll ask others to talk about it.”

Mahatma Gandhi: “Honest disagreement is a good sign of progress.”

Tommy Lasorda: “I believe managing is like holding a dove in your hand. Squeeze too hard and you kill it, not hard enough and it flies away.”

William J. Mayo: “Lord, deliver me from the man who never makes a mistake. And also from the man who makes the same mistake twice.”

Bill George: “You’d sit in a business meeting and say, ‘Is this product good enough to go to patients — so 100 percent of all patients who get it are going to have their lives improved? If it’s not, we’re going to have to go back to the drawing board.’”

Thomas Jefferson: “Delay is preferable to error.”

Jerry Yang: “Certainly Yahoo wouldn’t exist without the sort of environment that Stanford gave us to create it.”

Sergey Brin: “Solving big problems is easier than solving little problems.”

Tip O’Neill: “It’s easier to run for office than to run the office.”

Jimmy Carter: “The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself that’s always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity.”

Quotes about laissez-faire leadership
Quotes about laissez-faire leadership

Here are some quotations from leaders who embody the laissez-faire model while managing people effectively through a combination of leadership styles.

Warren Buffett: “Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.”

Andrew Mellon: “Strong men have sound ideas and the force to make these ideas effective.”

Donna Karan: “I design from instinct. It’s the only way I know how to live. What feels good. What feels right. What is needed. Give me a problem and I will approach it creatively, from my gut.”

Ronald Reagan: “Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.”

Lou Holtz: “It’s a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.”

Paul Allen: “While I sign off on trades or free agents, I’ve rarely overruled my basketball people’s decisions. But I’m not shy about steering the discussion or pushing deeper if something doesn’t make sense to me.”

Jack Welch: “If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings, and put compensation as a carrier behind it, you almost don’t have to manage them.”

Quotes about autocratic leadership
Quotes about autocratic leadership

These leaders have reputations as being hands-on perfectionists.

Here are some quotations that reflect their autocratic leadership styles:

Vince Lombardi: “Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.”

Henry Ford: “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”

Tony La Russa: “There are always distractions, if you allow them.”

Napoleon Bonaparte: “Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self-interest.”

Ridley Scott: “I think, at the end of the day, filmmaking is a team. But eventually there’s got to be a captain.”

Michael Bloomberg: “Nobody is going to delegate a lot of power to a secretary that they can’t control.”

Ray Kroc: “You’re only as good as the people you hire.”

Alfred Hitchcock: “If an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, ‘It’s in the script.’ If he says, ‘But what’s my motivation?’ I say, ‘Your salary.’”

Roger Ailes: “Audiences are shifting. Platforms are shifting. Ages are shifting. It’s better to be in charge than to have to react to change.”

Gordon Ramsey: “Kitchens are hard environments and they form incredibly strong characters.”

Lorne Michaels: “To me there’s no creativity without boundaries. If you’re gonna write a sonnet, it’s 14 lines, so it’s solving the problem within the container.”

John D. Rockefeller: “I do not think that there is any quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance.”

Transformational leadership quotations
Transformational leadership quotes

Edwards Deming: “A bad system will beat a good person every time.”

Peter Drucker: “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”

Ross Perot: “Punishing honest mistakes stifles creativity. I want people moving and shaking the earth and they are going to make mistakes.”

John D. Rockefeller: “Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.”

Quotations from relations-oriented leaders
Quotations from relations-oriented leaders

Studies have linked relationship-style leadership to improvements in job satisfaction, reduced employee turnover and higher organizational commitment.

Because most leaders find it impractical to adopt one exclusive leadership style, each workplace situation requires a different approach.

These leaders are known for adopting a relations-oriented style.

Here are some quotations from famous people-oriented leaders:

Pope Francis: “We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us…expand the circle of ideas.”

Rear Adm. Grace Murray Hopper, computer scientist: “You manage things, you lead people.”

Billy Graham, evangelist: “Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.”

Peter Drucker, management consultant: “Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.”

George C. Marshall, former U.S. Army chief of staff and secretary of state: “I cannot expect loyalty from the army if I do not give it.”

Anita Roddick, The Body Shop founder: “You have to look at leadership through the eyes of the followers and you have to live the message.”

Benjamin Franklin: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder: “In terms of doing work and in terms of learning and evolving as a person, you just grow more when you get more people’s perspectives.”

Olympia Snowe, former U.S. senator from Maine: “You can never solve a problem without talking to people with whom you disagree.”

Daniel Servitje Montull, CEO of Grupo Bimbo: “I think it is vital to step back and listen to the diverse perspectives of your team and your customers.”

Ron Howard, director, producer and actor: “I’ve acted with all types, I’ve directed all types. What you want to understand, as a director, is what actors have to offer. They’ll get at it however they get at it. If you can understand that, you can get your work done.”

Transactional leadership quotes
Transactional leadership quotes

Norman Schwarzkopf: “When placed in command, take charge.”

Vince Lombardi: “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”

Bill Gates: “The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.”

Howard Schultz: “Starbucks is not an advertiser; people think we are a great marketing company, but in fact we spend very little money on marketing and more money on training our people than advertising.”

Situational leadership quotations
Situational leadership quotations

How do professionals become better situational leaders?

It might be helpful to consider these quotes from experienced leaders and apply them to your circumstances:

Margaret Wheatley: “Leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes.”

Colin Powell: “Leadership is solving problems.”

Mahatma Gandhi: “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles, but today it means getting along with people.”

John D. Rockefeller: “Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.”

Margaret Thatcher: “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”

John Wooden: “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”

Quotes from bureaucratic leaders
Quotes from bureaucratic leaders

Max Weber: “Precision, speed, unambiguity, knowledge of files, continuity, discretion, unity, strict subordination, reduction of friction and of material and personal costs – these are raised to the optimum point in the strictly bureaucratic administration.”

Steve Jobs: “For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

Colin Powell: “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”

Mahatma Gandhi: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Margaret Thatcher: “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.”

Innovative leadership quotations
Innovative leadership quotations

Here are a compendium of quotes related to innovative leadership:

Elon Musk: “Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.”

Albert Einstein: “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.”

Temple Grandin: “Who do you think made the first stone spears? The Asperger guy. If you were to get rid of all the autism genetics, there would be no more Silicon Valley.”

Henry Ford: “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”

Marc Benioff: “The secret to successful hiring is this: look for people who want to change the world.”

Task-oriented leadership quotations
Task-oriented leadership quotations

Frank Lloyd Wright: “I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.”

I.M. Pei: “Success is a collection of problems solved.”

Gordon Moore: “I remember the difficulty we had in the beginning replacing magnetic cores in memories and eventually we had both cost and performance advantages. But it wasn’t at all clear in the beginning.”

Jim Collins: “Those who build great companies understand that the ultimate throttle on growth for any great company is not markets, or technology, or competition, or products. It is one thing above all others: the ability to get and keep enough of the right people.”

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