Funny leadership quotes to get you through the week

Once you step away from the regular office role and become a leader, it will shift your entire work and world perspective. Things you never had to worry about will now be your main concern, and you will become more focused on the bigger picture than those small daily tasks. 

You’ll go from getting to work and doing your everyday work using a crew scheduling app to carry out performance reviews and delegating tasks to your employees. It can be hard to adapt to leadership, but it can also be rewarding. 

If you are new to leadership or you simply need a good laugh, here are some funny quotes to help get you through your week. 

“First rule of leadership: everything is your fault.” – A Bug’s Life

“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” – George S. Patton

“You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that’s assault, not leadership.” – Dwight Eisenhower

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him. But of a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves.” – Lao-Tzu

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

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“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 very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.” – Theodore M. Hesburgh

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

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

“Always drink upstream from the herd.” – Will Rogers

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

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

“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles, but today it means getting along with people.” – Mohandas K. Gandhi

“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

“When I finally got a management position, I found out how hard it is to lead and manage people.” – Guy Kawasaki

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

“Great leadership does not mean running away from reality. Sometimes the hard truths might just demoralize the company, but at other times sharing difficulties can inspire people to take action that will make the situation better.” – John Kotter

“A leader must have the courage to act against an expert’s advice.” – James Callaghan

“I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?” – Benjamin Disraeli