08 Jan

5 Funny Leadership Quotes That Put Things Into Perspective

Leadership is serious business.

You’ve got a whole lot of responsibilities: hiring and firing, budget issues, marketing efforts, team goals…the list goes on and on.

A good leader is focused on taking care of the ‘to-do’ list and ensuring that the job at hand is accomplished. A great leader, however, knows that taking oneself too seriously is a quick and easy way to fail.



Studies have shown that 91% of leaders believe that a sense of humor is important when it comes to career advancement, and 84% of executives think that a person with a sense of humor does a better job than someone without.

Some of the most successful leaders have mastered the art of leading with humor, often using their wit to get their point across.

To help you get started on your laugh leadership skills, we’ve put together a collection of our favorite funny leadership quotes.

funny1First rule of leadership: everything is your fault.

In the spirit of ‘the buck stops here,” this quote is a funny reminder that as the leader, the good–and the bad–ultimately point back to your leadership.

Keep a sense of humor about the things that happen during the day. Not only will your perspective be brighter, everyone around you will be less stressed and more content with their job.

funny2Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.

It is tempting, as a leader, to start feeling extra special. Many leaders have fallen into the trap of feeling as though, by virtue of their position, they are too good to bother with menial tasks. Keep in mind, however, that the best kind of leader leads by example.

Someone has to take out the trash, it may as well be you. Each member of your team is an integral part in your success; treat them as though they are just as important as you…because they are.

funny3I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade…and try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.

Finding the bright side in every situation can be difficult, but a leader knows that some of the most valuable lessons happen as a result of failure.

When things aren’t turning out exactly as you had planned, look for the positives and focus on improving for the next challenge.

funny4Leadership has been defined as the ability to hide your panic from others.

There are moments as a leader when you are facing a crisis, but you can’t let your panic get the best of you. By remaining calm, you help others stay focused and deal with the situation, rather than making a bad situation worse by panicking.

funny5The people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who actually do.

Confidence is an essential characteristic in a leader, but can also be a stumbling block. Overconfidence can do more harm than good. It can lead to arrogance and complacency, both of which are deadly to a leader.

Hire people smarter than you, and let them do their job. In the long run, you (and the company) will benefit from their skillset.

Want to be a truly successful leader? Learn how to laugh. Humor can improve your health as well as your outlook. It helps diffuse tension, breaks the ice and makes work less of drudgery. After all, “It’s a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead – and find no one there.


Quotes from: A Bug’s Life, Margaret Mead, Ron White, Lao Tzu, Isaac Asimov, and Franklin Roosevelt.