50 Funny Leadership Quotes

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Not all quotes about Leadership have to be serious.  Funny quotes can also inspire us and help us become more adept leaders. Or, maybe you’re just looking for a quote to spice up your presentation and make people laugh. Well, you’ve come to the right place.

We scoured books and online for the best funny leadership quotes, and here are our top 50.  Enjoy 🙂

Top 50 Funny Leadership Quotes

“When I talk to managers, I get the feeling that they are important. When I talk to leaders, I get the feeling that I am important.”

― Alexander den Heijer

“The question, ‘Who ought to be boss?’, is like asking, ‘Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?’ Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.”

― Henry Ford

“The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.”

― Casey Stengel

“It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.”

― Adlai Stevenson

“When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that person is crazy.”

― Dave Barry

“People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.”

―  Thomas Sowell

“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t!”

― Margaret Thatcher

“Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.”

― John Naisbitt

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”

― Dwight Eisenhower

“You don’t lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.”

― Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

― George Carlin

“Leadership is your ability to hide your panic from others.”

― Laozi

“First rule of leadership: everything is your fault.”

― A Bug’s Life

“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

“But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.”

― Carl Sagan

“In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.”

― Tina Fey

“People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”

― Isaac Asimov

“Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men — the other 999 follow women.”

― Groucho Marx

“Always drink upstream from the herd.”

― Will Rogers

“If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you. If you really make them think, they’ll hate you.”

― Don Marquis

“Sometimes you have to take a break from being the kind of boss that’s always trying to teach people things. Sometimes you just have to be the boss of dancing.”

― Michael Scott, The Office

“Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head.”

― Euripides

“The problem with being a leader is that you’re never sure if you’re being followed or chased.”

― Claire A. Murray

“There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”

― Will Rogers

“There are no office hours for leaders.”

― James Gibbons

“I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.”

― Sir Winston Churchill

“Leadership is being the first egg in the omelet.”

― Jarod Kintz

“It is a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead — and find no one there.”

― Franklin Roosevelt

“The art of leadership is in saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.”

― Tony Blair

“I would rather be an artist than a leader. Ironically, a leader has to follow the rules..”

― Criss Jami

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

― Dalai Lama

“Never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path then by all means you should follow that.”

― Ellen Degeneres

“I’m a leader not a follower. Unless it’s a dark place, then you are going first.”

― Unknown

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”

―  George S. Patton

“You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can’t sit on it for long.”

― Boris Yeltsin

“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”

― Mohandas K. Ghandi

“Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.”

― Brian Tracy

“The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on.”

― Robert Bloch

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

―  Mark Twain

“If you think you are leading and turn around to see no one following, then you are just taking a walk.”

―  Benjamin Hooks

“If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”

― The Bible

“Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders.”

― Sloan Wilson

“Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes.”

― Lewis Grizzard

“Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge

“Some people say, ‘Never let them see you cry.’ I say, if you’re so mad you could just cry, then cry. It terrifies everyone.”

― Tina Fey

“Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?”

― Steve Jobs

“Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.”

― Michael Scott

“There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.”

― Indira Gandhi

 “Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works too.”

― Robert Half

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

― Will Rogers

 

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