Inspirational Quotes for the Modern Manager
Managing a business year-round, through ups and downs, and especially during unprecedented times like we’ve experienced over the past two years can be incredibly tough. A modern manager must keep a business on its feet while continuing to care for staff. When work becomes trying again, turn to these little pieces of inspiration for a quick pick-me-up.
“Tend to the people, and they will tend to the business.” –John Maxwell
As a manager, people should be your first priority. Modern managers can’t run a successful company alone; we all need help and encouragement. If you pour kindness, support, and encouragement into your staff, they will feel much more inclined to give to their daily tasks.
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” –Warren Bennis
There are plenty of great visionaries that no one has ever heard of. The ones who find success and achieve incredible feats are the ones who were able to harness their vision and create a reality supportive of that vision. That way, you can work towards goals one step at a time.
“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” –Max DePree
This quote speaks volumes to the true job a leader is tasked with. Because our world is constantly evolving, a manager’s role and responsibility is to encourage and support in the way that best achieves the business’s goals. A manager is responsible for making sure staff knows what the goal or objective is, and collaborates with them to make it happen. Humility is a significant part of leadership, but can be challenging to actualize.
“Done is better than perfect.” –Sheryl Sandberg
While many of us strive for perfection, occasionally this concept sabotages us. Modern managers are in a balancing act, and sometimes sacrificing perfection is the only way to get something done.
“Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.” –Seth Godin
Being a manager is about being a people person. If you are constantly pushing your ideas forward without consideration for others, staff will feel unheard, under-valued, and frustrated. Creating a safe space and offering a public platform in which employees can share ideas is one of the greatest strategies for encouraging collaboration and creativity.
“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” –Jim Rohn
A modern manager must walk a fine line between many traits in order to relate to their staff while also keeping a business profitable. It’s a challenging task that takes practice and humility.
“What you do has far greater impact than what you say.” –Steven Covey
Show, don’t tell. If you want your employees to be dedicated, driven, and punctual, lead by example. It’s easier to follow someone who believes in what they are saying when those beliefs are put into action.
What does leadership actually mean for a modern manager role? It’s complicated and dynamic. However, one thing is certain: managers are called to be leaders and supporters of their staff. They are called to put others before themselves and foster positive relationships, boost morale, and captain a ship amongst changing winds and shifting tides.
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