7 Leadership Quotes that Challenge the Status Quo

Occasionally we all need a reminder that what we’ve accepted to be true may no longer be relevant. In management and leadership, many 20th century beliefs need to be weeded out and replaced with healthy, people-centric viewpoints.

Below are quotes to challenge management status quo. In some cases it’s kicked to the curb and sent packing, making room for radically different perspectives.

Feel free to share the quotes in your favorite social media channel. Let’s spread the word about fresher ways to view the role of leadership in making things happen.

The End of Management

We don’t need managers who monitor and coordinate. We need leaders who move, touch and inspire people to do great work.




Wise and Humble Leaders

Minimize the grip of ego and a silence emerges. Listen carefully and you’ll learn and see things with fresh eyes.





Your people are always watching you. As my friend Rich Sheridan explains in his book Joy, Inc., employees are looking for chinks in the armor. It’s not that they want to find “dirt” on you. Unfortunately too many of us have been disappointed and used to it. Rich takes a realistic viewpoint and hopes to only disappoint his team once a week.


Setting the Pace

It’s not acceptable to ignore the diminishing impact of a lack of diversity. If you don’t set up a diverse group, the realities will come back and remind you, sometimes painfully, of the downsides of a homogenous group.




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  • Al Smith

    Love this Shawn. Thanks man. Lots of CARE in those quotes. Hope you’re doing well, my friend.

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