In this article, I will review a list of ten motivational quotations that can be used by managers to boost productivity and engagement among their employees. The selected quotes include both well-known proverbs and modern sayings, presented in no specific order.
1) “It’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.” – Paul “Bear” Bryant
According to this famous quote, it’s not about wanting or willing to succeed for managers. Rather, what matters is setting the right conditions so employees are prepared when they face challenges related to their work.
2) “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou
Managers should acknowledge that employees’ work is never perfect and always requires efforts to improve. But if they still don’t like their jobs, they can at least try to develop a positive mindset so as to motivate themselves and keep going despite any challenges they may face.
3) “People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.” – Kenneth H. Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
Not everyone welcomes criticism, especially managers who tend to be annoyed by subordinates pointing out problems that need to be fixed. However, without such guidance employees will remain unaware of their weaknesses and consequently won’t know how to change them. Therefore, managers must be brave enough to speak up and offer constructive criticism when necessary.
4) “You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” – James A. Froude
Self-development is not for the lazy ones who only want quick results without effort. On the contrary, managers and employees should work well together to break through any challenges they face in order to succeed.
5) “The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.” – John Buchan
Leaders shouldn’t expect their employees’ personal development be achieved by pushing them further without their consent. Rather, they should try to help them work towards their goals and encourage them to become more motivated through providing constructive feedback on their efforts.
6) “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – John C. Maxwell
Employees won’t be as devoted as possible if managers keep forgetting about their own humanity. Therefore, it is essential for them to show they care about their subordinates by being supportive and caring so as to obtain the engagement of those who already have considerable knowledge in their fields.
7) “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” – Robert Byrne
Employees are more likely to feel fulfilled if they find meaning and value in what they do. Consequently, it is necessary for managers to help them understand their responsibilities and encourage them to lead a more significant existence by doing so.
8) “Managers are people who do things right; leaders are people who do the right thing.” – Warren Bennis
Employees don’t want bosses that always try to control and direct them. Instead, they need managers who make the right decisions for everyone’s benefit in the long-term. This is one of the most important characteristics a good leader must have.
9) “We are what we repeatedly do.” – Aristotle
Employees will go to great extents if their efforts are always recognized by managers who praise them for their dedication. Therefore, managers should give frequent feedback so as to encourage employees to be proactive and take even better actions in the future.
10) “Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.” – Bill Bradley
Employees appreciate being guided by good leaders who are willing to help them reach their full potential. Therefore, managers should dedicate enough time to coaching their subordinates so as to help them improve themselves and achieve even more.
11) “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Seneca
Even though luck cannot be controlled, managers can create opportunities for it to occur by just being prepared for whatever comes next. Therefore, employees will understand that their supervisor will always strive to boost their chances of success.
12) “The job of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” – Harold R. McAlindon
Employees will follow managers who do more than just assign tasks and duties for them to carry out. Instead, they will look up to them if they give them constructive feedback and show that such behavior is rewarded.
13) “It is the strong leader who urges his people on to good works, and shames those who shirk their tasks.” – Ovid
Employees tend to become more productive in the long-term when managers make them feel like they can trust in their abilities to succeed. Therefore, they should carefully choose what words to say in order not to discourage their subordinates, but rather encourage them to go the extra mile.
14) “The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.” – Walter Lippmann
Employees won’t follow managers who only focus on their own objectives and forget to motivate those who are willing to help them succeed. Therefore, it is essential for them not just to act as mentors during the growth of their subordinates but also leave behind a legacy they can carry out when they no longer work under the same roof.
15) “The quality of leadership is extremely important. After all, we’re talking about the future of the world.” – Mario Cuomo
Employees admire their bosses’ vision and ability to take big decisions. Therefore, managers should demonstrate that they are good decision makers who can always come up with ideas that will benefit everyone in the long-term.
16) “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” – John Maxwell
It is vital for managers to gain everyone’s trust first if they want their employees to believe in them and follow their lead. Therefore, it is important that they live by the standards they expect from their subordinates.
17) “The real measure of your worth includes all the benefits others