On social media platforms the quotes of Steve Jobs or Warren Buffet quote flashing across your screen. But you know, from leading the nations, to standing up for human rights, to running the world’s most important organisations, women continue to shape the world through their leadership.
Quotes About Success from Female Business Leaders
Here are inspiring quotes from women business leaders:
“What I wanted was to be allowed to do the thing in the world that I did best—which I believed then and believe now is the greatest privilege there is. When I did that, success found me.” – Debbi Fields – Mrs. Fields
“Go through some difficult experiences. If you can live through them and learn from them, you have a much better chance of knowing what to do when the chips are down and everyone else is freaking out.” – Debra A. Cafaro – Ventas, Inc.
“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” – Marissa Mayer – Yahoo
“If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.”— Melinda Gates
“Walt Disney told his crew to ‘build the castle first’ when constructing Disney World, knowing that vision would continue to serve as motivation throughout the project. Oftentimes when people fail to achieve what they want in life, it’s because their vision isn’t strong enough.” – Gail Blanke, President and CEO of Lifedesigns
“If we can learn to deal with our discomfort and just relax into it we’ll have a better life.”— Melody Hobson
“Option A is not available. So let’s kick the sh** out of option B.” — Sheryl Sandberg
“Dear optimist, pessimist, and realist — while you guys were busy arguing about the glass of wine, I drank it! Sincerely, the opportunist!”— Lori Greiner
“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” — Sara Blakely
“Whatever it is that you think you want to do, and whatever it is that you think stands between you and that, stop making excuses. You can do anything.” – Katia Beauchamp, co-founder and CEO of Birchbox.
“If you’re clear on what you believe, you have a great foundation to go make a market.”— Ginni Rometty, Chairman, president and CEO of IBM
“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” — Mary Kay Ash, founder Mary Kay Cosmetics
“The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.”— Barbara Corcoran
Define success in your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” — Anne Sweeney, Co-Chair of Disney Media Networks
“Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.”— Mary Kay Ash
“There is nothing like a concrete life plan to weigh you down. Because if you always have one eye on some future goal, you stop paying attention to the job at hand, miss opportunities that might arise, and stay fixedly on one path, even when a better, newer course might have opened up.” — Indra K. Nooyi, CEO of Pepsi Co.
“My parents ingrained in me early on that the perfect score is always something to strive for. I want to win and I want to succeed no matter what.”— Andrea Jung
Quotes About Leadership from Female Business Leaders
“You need to have unbound enthusiasm for what you’re building. Energy is contagious, so your team and everyone you interact with feels it.” – Tyler Haney, Founder of Outdoor Voices
“Leadership is not a person or a position. It is a complex moral relationship between people based on trust, obligation, commitment, emotion, and a shared vision of the good.” – Joanne Ciulla (Author and Educator)
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Muriel Strode (Poet)
“We need to accept that we don’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes. Understand that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” – Arianna Huffington (Founder & CEO, Thrive Global)
“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” — Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx
“Life-fulfilling work is never about the money — when you feel true passion for something, you instinctively find ways to nurture it.”— Eileen Fisher
“Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.” – Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman appointed to the US Supreme Court
“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes — understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.”— Ariana Huffington
Quotes About Motivation From Inspiring Women Leaders
“If you want to run for Prime Minister, you can. If you don’t, that’s wonderful, too. Shave your armpits, don’t shave them, wear flats one day, heels the next. These things are so irrelevant and surface to what it is all really about, and I wish people wouldn’t get caught up in that. We want to empower women to do exactly what they want, to be true to themselves, to have the opportunities to develop.” – Emma Watson (Actor and Activist)
“True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.” — Sheryl Sandberg, COO ofFacebook
“Magic happens when you connect people. I credit much of my success to always making it a point to truly get to know people and help them whenever I can. It’s become the backbone of our firm’s success. Women founders in particular are often highly skilled at making connections that can help advance their businesses.” – Susan Macpherson (Founder & CEO, McPherson Strategies)
“Emotional intelligence is the ability to use emotion to increase your own and others’ success.” – Annie McKee (Author and Business Advisor)
“Leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing.” – Mary D. Poole (Author)
“With kids, they don’t do what you want them to do when you want them to do it. Organizations don’t necessarily, either. You’ve got to listen. You’ve got to learn how to influence.” — Ellen J. Kullman, formerly Chair and Chief Executive Officer of DuPont.
“If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.” – Melinda Gates – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
“Without being willing to fail and continually get back up again, I would never have been able to find the right market and establish my product within it.” – Kelly Manthey (Group Chief Executive, Kin+Carta)
“Leadership is about the team – the culture they keep and embrace, it’s about empathy for your customers, clients, employees and the communities where you do business, it’s about doing the right thing for the right reasons, being confident enough to take risks and responsible enough to think of those who your decisions and risks may affect.” – Kat Cole (COO & President of FOCUS Brands)
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