Whether your employees judge your management style to be dynamic or deluded, it is indisputable that leadership can at times be a challenging and lonely place. Indeed, many successful business leaders have found that they have needed support along the way, not just from friends and family – but from people whom have formerly “walked in their shoes”. So, if you are having a tough time at present, take heart from the following quotes;

  1. “It’s important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst thing that can happen is that you become memorable” – Sara Blakely, Founder of Spanx Inc.
  2. “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable” – Coco Chanel, Founder of Chanel.
  3. “I don’t believe too much in luck. I believe in circumstances. I believe in work”. – Carlos Slim, Founder of Grupo Carso.
  4. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning” – Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft.
  5. “It is not the strangest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change” – Charles Darwin, Naturalist.
  6. “I learnt that you don’t get anywhere by sitting comfortably in a chair” – Conrad Hilton, Founder of Hilton Hotels.
  7. “There’s no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery. You can’t do business in there” – Colonel Sanders, Founder of KFC.
  8. “We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in” – Arianna Huffington, Co-founder of The Huffington Post.
  9. “I want to work for a company that contributes to and is part of the community. I want something not just to invest in. I want something to believe in” – Anita Roddick, Founder of The Body Shop.
  10. “Everyone talks about building a relationship with your customer. I think you build one with your employees first” – Angela Ahrendts, Senior Vice President of Apple.
  11. “Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. Not even me” – Chris Gardner, Founder of Gardner Rich & Co.
  12. “You only have to be right once” – Drew Houston, Founder of Dropbox.
  13. “Hire people that are better than you and then leave them to get on with it” – David Ogilvy, Founder of Ogilvy & Mather.
  14. “To do a common thing uncommonly well brings success” – Henry J Heinz, Founder of the H. J. Heinz Company.
  15. “The minute that you start compromising for the sake of massaging somebody’s ego, that’s it, game over” – Gordon Ramsay, Chef & Restauranteur.
  16. “I have been popular and unpopular, successful and unsuccessful, loved and loathed and I know how meaningless it all is. Therefore,” I feel free to take whatever risks I want” – Madonna.
  17. “In England, you’re allowed to have an opinion – as long as it comes out of your mouth” – Jamie Oliver, Chef & Restauranteur.
  18. “A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn a reputation by trying to do hard things well” – Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon.
  19. “Life is too short to spend your time avoiding failure” – Michael Bloomberg, Founder of Bloomberg LP.
  20. “You don’t need to be a genius or a visionary, or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need framework and a dream” – Michael Dell, Founder of Dell Computers.
  21. “Culture eats strategy for breakfast” – Peter Drucker, Management Consultant & Author.
  22. “You’ve got to love what you do to really make things happen” – Philip Green, Chairman of Arcadia Group.
  23. “In the end, I do respond to my instincts. Sometimes they’re successful, and obviously sometimes they’re not. But you have to, I think, remain true to what you believe in” – Anna Wintour, Artistic Director of Conde Naste.
  24. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower” – Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple.
  25. “If you can get your head around your dream, it means your dream isn’t big enough” – Victoria Beckham, Fashion Designer.
  26. “Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing” – Warren Buffet, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
  27. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible” – Walt Disney, Co- founder of the Walt Disney Company.
  28. “Advertising is very simple in a lot of ways. Advertisers go where users go, and users are choosing to spend a lot more time online” – Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube.
  29. “You have to create something from nothing” – Ralf Lauren, Fashion Entrepreneur.
  30. “It is during the bad times that the skilled manager lays firm foundations for future growth” – Konosuke Matsushita, Founder of Panasonic.

This list was compiled by Peter Nicholls, CEO of Ideology Consulting. For more information go to www.ideologyconsulting.co.uk .