Change, Leadership, and Change Management Quotes

Change, Leadership, and Change Management Quotes
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These change management quotes include quotes on management, change, leadership, resistance, and other topics that change managers are certainly familiar with…

  1. “If you want truly to understand something, try to change it.” – Kurt Lewin
  2. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  3. “When in doubt, choose change.” – Lily Leung
  4. “It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.” – Roy T. Bennett
  5. “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis
  6. “I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” – Ralph Nader
  7. “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol
  8. “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw
  9. “People don’t resist change. They resist being changed.” – Peter Senge
  10. “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” – John C. Maxwell
  11. Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not ‘making friends and influencing people,’ that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” – Peter F. Drucker
  12. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates
  13. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy
  14. “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” – Douglas MacArthur
  15. “Culture does not change because we desire to change it. Culture changes when the organization is transformed; the culture reflects the realities of people working together every day.” – Frances Hesselbein
  16. “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change” – Albert Einstein
  17. “If I’d asked my customers what they wanted, they’d have said ‘Don’t change anything.’” – Henry Ford
  18. “There is nothing permanent except change.” – Heraclitus
  19. “Everyone agrees that change management is important. Making it happen effectively, however, needs to be a core competence of managers and not something that they can pass off to others.” – Ron Ashkenas
  20. “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar
  21. “The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence – it is to act with yesterday’s logic.” – Peter Drucker
  22. Future shock is the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time.” – Alvin Toffler
  23. “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” – John Maxwell
  24. “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.” – Niccolo Machiavelli
  25. “Change is not only likely, it’s inevitable.” – Barbara Sher
  26. “The rate of change is not going to slow down anytime soon. If anything, competition in most industries will probably speed up even more in the next few decades.” – John P. Kotter
  27. “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu
  28. “To lead people, walk behind them.” – Lao Tzu
  29. “Without initiative, leaders are simply workers in leadership positions.” – Bo Bennett
  30. “Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage…” – William Pollard
  31. “Lead by inspiration, not intimidation.” – Rebecca Aguilar
  32. “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller
  33. Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers.” – Robin S. Sharma
  34. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward
  35. The art of communication is the language of leadership.” – James Humes
  36. “Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” – John Maxwell
  37. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right thing.” – Peter F. Drucker
  38. “A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” – Lao Tzu
  39. “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  40. “Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.” – Dianne Feinstein
  41. “You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.” – Henry Ford
  42. “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”- Woodrow Wilson, former U.S. President
  43. “Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama
  44. “The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change.” – Bill Clinton
  45. “Stress is nothing but the fear of change.” – Debasish Mridha
  46. “Comfort and the fear of change are the greatest enemies of success.” –Jeanette Coron
  47. “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.” – Zig Ziglar
  48. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama
  49. “If you want to improve the organization, you have to improve yourself and the organization gets pulled up with you.” – Indra Nooyi
  50. “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan

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