Best 109 Quotes & Tweets on Leadership

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A leader doesn’t doesn’t look to criticize, a leader accepts criticism and learns. A leader doesn’t look for praise, a leader offers praise. A leader doesn’t ask for trust, a leader earns your trust. We all have those who need us to love them and lead them. Be a leader

Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban

@mcuban

2

You don’t have to be THE leader to be A LEADER. We all can contribute.

Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban

@mcuban

3

If your company requires you to work nights and weekends, your company is broken. This is a managerial problem, not your problem. This is a process problem, not a personal problem. This is an ownership problem, not an individual problem.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

4

The only two ways to coordinate human societies at scale are free markets and physical power. Any ideology rejecting free markets is just advocating for power. Socialism, communism, and fascism all converge to the same endpoint - rule by the biggest thug.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

5

If you notice something at your company below standards and don't fix it or make sure someone else does, you have set a new standard. Complaining about it does not count as fixing it. If someone gets upset/tells you to stay in your lane, they've set an even worse new standard.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

6

Without the first amendment, there is no freedom. Without the second, there is no first.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

7

Leadership in the coming months, at every level, is the audition to lead in the coming years.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

8

A politician who reads aloud speeches written by others is an actor, not a leader.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

9

Don't start a company because you want to be your own boss. You'll have more bosses than ever before: your board, investors, employees, customers, and more!

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

10

How things get done in the world: Relentless focus Self-confidence Personal connections Effective leadership (communication, management, vision, and evangelism)

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

11

A CEO’s first job is to get the company capitalized. A CEO’s second job is to recruit a team. A CEO’s third job is to provide them with clarity so they can solve their customers' problems. A CEO’s fourth job is to get out of the way until one of the above is no longer true.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

12

Modeling a behavior is 100x stronger than telling someone to act differently. Kids imitate the habits of their parents. Teammates match the competitive energy of one another. Employees learn to manage like their supervisor. Be the standard and others will raise their standards.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

13

The real fault-line isn’t left vs right - it’s centralized vs decentralized.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

14

As a CEO, your job is actually to do nothing. CEOs who actually perform duties within their companies are failing. Your job is to set strategy and culture, delegate, and incentivize. Same goes for executives. You are just more focused mini-CEOs, who report up.

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson

@awilkinson

15

Crypto is spawning a generation of programmers that understand the fundamentals of game theory, finance, and governance.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

16

I think being funny is the most underrated leadership attribute.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

17

Most CEOs are CEOs because they started the businesses they run - not because they are abnormally smart or qualified. Often they’re the least qualified people in the company, since they’re the only ones who didn’t go through an interview process.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

18

Stop selling, start storytelling.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

19

The people running newspapers, schools, and central banks have figured out that they can spend a hundred years of credibility in ten.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

20

Leadership is: 1) Getting results 2) Making people feel good 3) Connecting each person to a bigger mission The good leaders do one. The great leaders do two. The best leaders do all three.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

21

Managers should be called coaches. Reframing the role will change the mindset of every employee who is given the special responsibility of developing their teammates careers. Being a “manager” is an outdated concept that was created many generations ago. Aspire to be a coach.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

22

Managers… I understand the temptation to want to track your employees’ every moment while they’re newly WFH, but I implore you to trust them to do the right thing rather than assume they’re taking advantage of the situation. Don’t look over their digital shoulder.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

23

A leader operating in enemy territory should always project positivity and optimism.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

24

A manager’s top responsibility is to shield all the bullshit that happens at work from the people that need to do the work. Managers should be making sure each person on their team gets as close to a full eight hour day to themselves as possible…

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

25

Starting a business teaches you how to get things done with very little. Growing a business teaches you how to be data-informed. Scaling a business teaches you about yourself. You’ll never stop learning.

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah

@hnshah

26

People who strive for excellence want to be developed not managed. The more comfortable someone is with being managed, the lower the potential. The more comfortable someone is managing others, the less likely they are to develop them.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

27

The goal of an entrepreneur should be to do nothing but route opportunities to the right people on your team. Build a system and make yourself a human router 🚏 When I get stressed at work, it’s because I’ve failed to build a system and have tasks I can’t route to someone.

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson

@awilkinson

28

Startups are a crazy balance between: 1. Unscalable work: 1:1 conversations w/ customers, personal emails, phone calls, etc. 2. Preparing to scale: knowing you must automate unscalable work to grow, even when you're winning. Knowing how to transition from #1 to #2 is an art.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

29

If you don’t like the CEO you won’t like the company.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

30

Being good at product is being good at people

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

31

If you’ve been leading people in an organization for more than a year or two and you know how to do their job better than them, you’re the problem.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

32

Best way to run a bunch of stuff? Don’t put yourself in charge of everything.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

33

You can succeed by being a mediocre manager and a great leader, or a great manager and a mediocre leader. Try to figure out which you are and partner with someone with complimentary strengths. Best startup teams often have one of each.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

34

Good storytellers are more powerful than ever before. Technology has reduced the cost of sharing stories. One great story can move millions to act. Authors. Podcasters. Entrepreneurs. Politicians. Leaders. The person who tells the best story rules their corner of the world.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

35

“Hire the best people you can and leave them alone” –Tom Murphy

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson

@awilkinson

36

Company culture isn't defined by writing them up in a document & then onboarding new employees by preaching the gospel. It's defined by every decision you make & the bar you uphold while you operate. Being explicit merely clarifies them.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

37

Knowing how to lead software developers is more profitable than learning to code

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

38

Only in challenging times do you discover the difference between leaders and actors.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

39

Learning to manage a team of engineers is much more profitable than learning to code.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

40

One of the biggest problems in organizations is that people with no relevant knowledge help make the decisions.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

41

Best predictor of company success: Intellectual rigor of founders and executive team.

Keith Rabois

Keith Rabois

@rabois

42

How to know you’ve hired the right executive: You don’t worry about their part of the business anymore.

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson

@awilkinson

43

Being a politician and being a leader are not the same thing.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

44

The United incident is what happens when you run companies on rules not principles.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

45

If you want to be a great leader, start by being a great teammate.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

46

In the short-run, great managers, coaches, and leaders adjust their strategy to fit their players. In the long-run, great managers, coaches, and leaders recruit players to fit their strategy.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

47

To a CEO with a hammer, everything looks like a nail: Sales CEO: We'll SELL our way to the goal Marketer CEO: We'll MARKET our way to the goal Product CEO: We'll FEATURE our way to the goal Finance CEO: We'll STRUCTURE our way to the goal Magic = CEO who delegates all 4 well

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson

@awilkinson

48

Startups should be scary, not dangerous. Scary: pivoting, getting critical feedback, managing people smarter than yourself Dangerous: raking up credit card debt, sacrificing your health and wellbeing

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

49

The greatest management tool in history is a focused, leisurely walk and conversation.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

50

Going on vacation as CEO & not looking at your email is the chaos monkey tool to determine how well your company can operate.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail