“I apologize for the length of this letter; I didn’t have time to make it shorter.” – Mark Twain
Mark Twain was right. It takes a lot of work to make a good point in just a few words. That’s part of the beauty of Twitter; the character limit forces those sharing thoughts to be concise.
Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite quotes for leaders like you to reflect on we found on Twitter. Despite the small character limits, they all give you a lot to think about.
20 Inspiring Quotes for Leaders to Learn from
I’ve been saving the best tweets I’ve seen come through my stream for months and this list is a collection of my favorites over that time.
As you reflect on the tweets, consider retweeting them and following the authors. Many of them are brilliant leaders whose tweets we’ve been enjoying and learning from on a regular basis.
Quotes for Leaders: Keys to building better companies
What does it take to build a great business? How can you make your workplace more effective? How do you know if a place is a great place to work? These questions and more are answered by these great observations and tips:
Allowing people to personalize their workspace with photos & plants drives up productivity & engagement by up to 25% research shows.#CSuite
— Mark C. Crowley (@MarkCCrowley) February 4, 2017
Healthy organizations are built with the investment they make in their people. There is no substitute. #worklife
— Marla Gottschalk PhD (@MRGottschalk) March 18, 2017
Bosses give orders. Leaders give control.
— David Marquet (@ldavidmarquet) February 24, 2017
Improving communication on difficult issues:
in private > in public
in person > video > phone > writing
smaller group > larger group
— Brian Armstrong (@brian_armstrong) March 18, 2017
"How safe do you feel asking questions?" might be my favorite question to ask to get insights into someone's company culture.
— sean 🌹 (@sean_a_rose) March 14, 2017
Asking questions. Communicating in the right medium. Delegating and trusting your people. Allowing people to be themselves. It all adds up to a better workplace.
Quotes for Leaders: Managing and mentoring others
Whether you’re the leader of a whole organization, or a front line manager, a few key habits can make all the difference in the success of leading your team. These are some great tips any manager can use for those they lead and mentor.
It seems sometimes like 75% of mentoring is telling people that their current challenge is normal and not a sign of personal failing
— Emily Short (@emshort) March 15, 2017
I used to think that if you were a good manager, you'd grow; but Ive realized that if you're growing, it's much easier to be a good manager.
— Clayton Christensen (@claychristensen) January 30, 2017
Dev team managers: developers don't work for you. You work for them. Clear obstacles. Supply resources. Mentor. Train. Build trust.
— Eric Elliott (@_ericelliott) March 26, 2017
“It is not the manager’s job to prevent risks. It is the manager’s job to make it safe to take them.” – @edcatmull
— Get Lighthouse (@Get_Lighthouse) March 27, 2017
"Don't tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do & let them surprise you with their results." General Patton's procurement lesson.
— Billy Griffin (@billygriffin22) February 26, 2017
With the right mindset of empowering your people, and supporting them in the right ways, you can be a great manager, too.
Quotes for Leaders: True leadership habits
The example you set, and the actions you take daily shape who you are as a leader. These approaches and mindsets will put you on the path to being a great leader.
"A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them." ~John C. Maxwell
— Cameron L Morrissey (@ManagersDiary) February 1, 2017
When productivity suffers, great managers:
* Answer questions
* Remove blockers
* Encourage pairing
* Encourage PR & code review
— Eric Elliott (@_ericelliott) April 1, 2017
— Khe Hy (@khemaridh) January 13, 2017
Commitment is meaningless drivel until someone takes action. #leadership
— Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) March 15, 2017
"The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty." – Zig Ziglar
— Get Lighthouse (@Get_Lighthouse) March 21, 2017
What a great list. Are you listening to your team? Have you built up your own character before asking of others? It is what leaders consistently do that they can then expect to see in those they lead.
Quotes for Leaders: Winning at Life
Whether you’re leading hundreds, or just yourself, these tweets are great reminders of the little things that can add it up to success in life. While they may first and foremost be about work, they also apply to your personal success.
Underrated job skills:
Understanding others' point of view.
Quickly recognizing your own mistakes.
Continuing to learn past age 22.
— Collaborative Fund (@collabfund) February 20, 2017
It’s the small changes that make a difference.
— rands (@rands) March 22, 2017
Speed of decision making is directly correlated with success. Don't believe me? Make faster decisions, watch what happens.
— Marie Prokopets (@MarieProkopets) February 11, 2017
Shout out to people who leave compliments during code review. Y'all the real MVPs.
— Iheanyi Ekechukwu (@kwuchu) January 27, 2017
Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing.
— banksy (@thereaIbanksy) January 9, 2017
Whether it’s simple gratitude to others for their work, or looking for small improvements to make regularly on the hard road to success, the little things add up.
Looking for more? Here’s 25 more great leadership quotes.
What are your favorite tweets and short quotes for leaders?