Simon Sinek Quotes About Business Leadership

Simon Sinek Business Leadership QuoteNeed a jolt of inspiration and intellect? Simon Sinek delivers both in this collection of his best quotes about business leadership.

Be a Warrior of Enthusiasm and spread the inspiration. Use these quotes as an easy way to brighten someone’s day by sharing your favorite. Add one to your email signature. Post one somewhere in your office. The point is… take action, lead, inspire.

How Great Leaders Inspire Action

“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.” ~Simon Sinek

“Those who lead inspire us… Whether they are individuals or organizations, we follow those who lead not because we have to but because we want to.” ~Simon Sinek

“What you do simply proves what you believe.” ~Simon Sinek

If You Don’t Understand People…

“100% of customers are people. 100% of employees are people. If you don’t understand people, you don’t understand business.” ~Simon Sinek

“How can you help the human race progress?” ~Simon Sinek

“Organizations should say and do the things they ACTUALLY believe.” ~Simon Sinek

“When we are in groups, when we are surrounded by people who believe what we believe, trust emerges and our very survival and progress goes up.” ~Simon Sinek

“Make it about them not about you.” ~Simon Sinek

“Our survival depends on our ability to form trusting relationships.” ~Simon Sinek

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“What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.” ~Simon Sinek

“Listening is not understanding the words of the question asked, listening is understanding why the question was asked in the first place.” ~Simon Sinek

“The courage of leadership is giving others the chance to succeed even though you bear the responsibility for getting things done.” ~Simon Sinek

“When leaders care less about their people, their people will be careless.” ~Simon Sinek

“Leaders don’t complain about what’s not working. Leaders celebrate what is working and work to amplify it.” ~Simon Sinek

“Dream big. Start small. But most of all, start.” ~Simon Sinek

“Poor leaders push us towards the goal. Great leaders guide us through the journey.” ~Simon Sinek

“When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” ~Simon Sinek

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Start With Why

“The more you inspire, the more people will inspire you.” ~Simon Sinek

“No one knows everything. But together, we know a whole lot.” ~Simon Sinek

“The responsibility of leadership is not to come up with all the great ideas but to create an environment in which great ideas can happen.” ~Simon Sinek

“So much of starting a business or affecting change is the confidence and courage to simply try.” ~Simon Sinek

“The best ideas are the honest ones. Ones born out of personal experience. Ones that originated to help a few but ended up helping many.” ~Simon Sinek

“Be the leader you wished you had.” ~Simon Sinek

“Great leaders must have two things: a vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate that vision clearly.” ~Simon Sinek

Your Turn

So I’m dying to know… which quote most inspired you?

 

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Comments

  1. Hi Krista,

    Love his message and definitely a fan of his work.

    Nice, inspirational group of quotes.

    My favorites …

    “If you don’t understand people, you don’t understand business.” ~Simon Sinek

    “Make it about them not about you.” ~Simon Sinek

    “Dream big. Start small. But most of all, start.” ~Simon Sinek
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    • kristakotrla says:

      Love all of those too, Craig! By the way, you are REALLY great about implementing the “make it about them not about you” concept. Love that about you!

      –kk

  2. Hi Krista,

    This is an excellent collection of Simon’s work. We use the Golden Circle in a lot of our consulting engagements and it’s been so successful. I like the quote about not buying what you do or even how you do it, but rather buying based on why.

    Based on the research behind the Golden Circle, there’s such an opportunity to help companies market and sell with an inside out approach and focus on why but so many people start with what and then move to how. It’s so backwards; especially when you understand the brain and how we make decisions!

    I’m curious which resonates most with you?

  3. kristakotrla says:

    Great question, Geoff. :-) I love them ALL! I really love the mash-up of what they ultimately communicate — Leaders: care, listen, understand, believe, push, dream, invite participation, inspire courage, inspire action, change the world.

    Thanks for the comment and for helping more companies grow! Keep rockin’ on.

    –kk

  4. Sme very good views on management and leadership here; what really comes through many of Simon’s statements is that good leadership requires openness, credibility and integrity in order to connect with and inspire employees on an emotional level

  5. kristakotrla says:

    Yes, definitely. Thanks, David, for the comment. By the way, I enjoyed your “Genius of Simplicity” post. Urgency + Care is a very powerful combination for great leadership. Love that.

    –kk

  6. Hi Simon
    First of all. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Question: what is your root / cause / origin (why?) of the quote ‘Dream big. Start small. But most of all… start!’.
    Thanks.
    Bye
    Monique

  7. Hi Krista
    First of all… thought I was on the website of Simon Sinek but its not. Think we share a person we are following.
    Regarding to this a question: do you know what is the root / cause / origin (why?) of the quote ‘Dream big. Start small. But most of all… start!’.
    Thanks.
    Bye
    Monique

  8. My favorite is, “make it about them, not you”. Why? Because this is my WHY for today. Too many of us forget this golden rule of social grace, most people make all things about them, it’s those that give and give that eventually receive their inspiration back from the world…which leads me to my number two: “The more you inspire, the more people that will inspire you”

    Thanks Simon. Your thought leadership has allowed me to be inspired, and therefore, inspire others.

    Jamie

  9. Words are powerful, and your words changed my life

    #young #entrepreneur

  10. Hi Krista,
    Thanks for acting on your beliefs and sharing these inspiring quotes. Because I also believe that humanizing the work force for the well-being of all ( kai-zen ) the quote:“100% of customers are people. 100% of employees are people. If you don’t understand people, you don’t understand business.” is impacting along with the“The courage of leadership is giving others the chance to succeed even though you bear the responsibility for getting things done.”

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  12. Gail Walker says:

    “Listening is not understanding the words of the question asked, listening is understanding why the question was asked in the first place.” ~Simon Sinek
    This quote highlights the skills of great marketers to really hear what a consumer wants.

  13. My Favorite is
    “Great leaders must have two things: a vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate that vision clearly.” ~Simon Sinek

    Our members are working on creating a clear and compelling Vision that their team will follow. This ties in perfectly. Thank for sharing these. See you May 9 at Chase Oaks.

  14. Thanks Simon, some great quotes to learn from, I especially like the one “make it about them not about you,” I am always trying to focus more on my customers:)
    Axel
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  15. Maninder Singh says:

    Amazing quotes by Simon Sinek: “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.”

  16. We would kindly request your attention for our new animation about Simon Sinek’s ‘Golden Circle’. This popular management theory has been a great inspiration for a lot of people and organizations in the past few years, as it has been to us. Enough reason to make an ‘explanimation’ about it. In less than two minutes, the animation clearly explains the concept behind the “Golden circle” theory.

    The purpose of this video is inspirational; please feel free to share this video within and outside of your organization. We hope this video will enable more people to think and act starting with their why!
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