129 Boss Quotes For Those Days You’re Struggling With The Daily Grind

These boss quotes will inspire you to make a difference in the people you lead and teach.

As a management professional, I am constantly amazed by how many bad bosses exist in the world.

There are so many people in leadership positions that shouldn’t be.

Research by McKinsey & Company shows that good leadership can boost productivity by up to 25%.

Bosses who lead by example and inspire their teams with wise words can have a significant impact on overall performance.

However, the flip side of that is that most employees do not understand how difficult it can be to shoulder the responsibilities of the role, coach difficult employees, and maintain a motivating presence.

Some leaders are up for the challenge, and sadly, others are not.

Meanwhile, some employees have a strong entrepreneurial spirit that they need to nurture.

We have all seen everything on the boss spectrum.

These boss quotes will highlight the differences between a “boss” and a “leader,” and inspire you to chase your entrepreneurial dreams.

What makes a good boss?

These quotes have that covered, too!

If you came by for some funny boss quotes, or to really get you thinking, then this is the right place.

Check out our most popular quote article, a list of short inspirational quotes for daily inspiration. 

Our inspirational quote category page has even more inspirational and educational quotes.

Boss quotes highlighting the difference between a leader and a boss

A survey conducted by Forbes found that 65% of employees would prefer a better boss over a pay raise.

This emphasizes the importance of having a supportive and inspiring boss, and the value of sharing boss quotes to help others cope with difficult days.

1. “A boss says ‘go and make sure you do it’; a leader says, ‘let’s go and make it happen.’ Bosses control people; leaders involve them.” ― Israelmore Ayivor

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2. “A boss says you do it, a leader says let’s do it.” ― Amit Kalantri

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3. “Every leader is a boss, but every boss is not a leader.” ― Amit Kalantri

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4. “Leadership is not a position. It is who you are.” ― Janna Cachola

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5. “You telling everyone what to do does not make you the boss. You doing everything you told yourself to do makes you the boss.” ― Terry Crews

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6. “A good leader always accepts the blame and distributes the reward.” ― Amit Kalantri

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7. “If you’re a boss, and not a leader, your time is limited.” ― T.F. Hodge

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8. “Be the leader, not the boss.” ― Debasish Mridha MD

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9. “Be a leader with a ladder, not a boss with an order.” ― Debasish Mridha MD

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10. “If you define yourself by the title of coach or boss, you’ll never earn real trust from your players or employees.” ― Bill Courtney

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11. “In the past, a leader was a boss. Today’s leaders must be partners with their people… they no longer can lead solely based on positional power.” ― Ken Blanchard

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12. “People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

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Entrepreneurial boss quotes

A Harvard Business Review study found that bosses skilled at communication are more effective at leading their teams.

Inspirational boss quotes can be a powerful communication tool to motivate and engage employees.

13. “You’ll never make a fortune working for the boss man.” ― Jeannette Walls

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14. “You can be your own boss.” ― Sunday Adelaja

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15. “Be a Boss, Run a company, Own a movement but never let your heartbeat be anywhere else but home!” ― Kingsley Opuwari Manuel

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16. “Everyone has a boss, and a business owner’s boss is the customer.” ― Sabrina Newby

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17. “Some people have the courage to bungee jump or even sky dive, yet they lack the courage to work for themselves.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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18. “When you work for yourself, it’s a real bummer when you don’t like the boss!” ― Anthony T. Hincks

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19. “If self-employment is the opposite of employed-by-others, then a job is outsourcing your freedom (time and talent) to a boss.” ― Richie Norton

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20. “You’ll never get rich by working for your boss.” ― Felix Dennis

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21. “An effective boss is someone who doesn’t have to boss around to be effective.” ― Jag Randhawa

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22. “Very often managers are just a noise, while the real boss is the project, which we work for and which pays us.” ― Yegor Bugayenko

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23. “The best bosses master the fine art of emotional detachment. They learn to forgive people who lash out at them… and they learn to forgive themselves, too.” ― Robert I. Sutton

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24. “The best bosses break down problems into bite-sized pieces and talk and act like each little task is something that people can complete without great difficulty.” ― Robert I. Sutton

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25. “Every man wants commendation, so do not just commend your boss, commend those who are under you.” ― Sunday Adelaja

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26. “Every boss, if you are forgetting, is another human being made of bones and flesh and likes it when his ego gets stroked.” ― Abhishek Ratna

27. “Authority confined in you does not make you a leader. It is the authority created by you that makes you influence people with your purpose.” ― Israelmore Ayivor

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28. “I’ve always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team.” ― Lee Iacocca

29. “My idea of management is that what your job is as the boss is to find really good people and empower them and leave them alone.” ― Ruth Reichl

Humorous boss quotes 

30. “A baby is the most demanding boss, but pays your salary with smiles and love.” ― Apollo M

31. “Boss asked if I was ready for more responsibility. I’m eating around a sticker on an apple cause I’m too lazy to peel it off, so I guess, no.” ― Nitya Prakash

32. “It takes courage not to laugh at your boss’s joke, especially if it is funny.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

33. “Don’t hire anyone you wouldn’t want to run into in the hallway at three in the morning.” ― Tina Fey

34. “I nearly said something, but then thought better of it. It doesn’t pay to publicly point out the failings of the person providing your paycheck.” ― Donald G. Firesmith

35. “I hire the most talented of people who are the least likely to throw a punch in the workplace.” ― Tina Fey

36. “Every boss started as a worker.” ― Moosa Rahat

37. “Dear Boss! Don’t be a boss-hole.” ― Vikrmn

38. “There are not many words in the English language more lackluster and less sexy than ‘employer’.” ― Roberta Pearce

39. “I have to go. Boss has this weird idea that I should actually work while he’s paying me.” ― Laurie Halse Anderson

40. “It doesn’t matter what your boss thinks as long as he doesn’t cry.” ― Gerry Geek

41. “Accomplishing the impossible means only that the boss will add it to your regular duties.” ― Doug Larson

Boss quotes that make us think

42. “The truth is that bosses…don’t matter as much as most of us believe. They typically account for less than 15 percent of the gap between good and bad organizational performance, although they often get over 50 percent of the blame and credit.” ― Robert I. Sutton

43. “A boss oversteps the boundaries of good taste and the implied condition of good faith in an employment agreement whenever they demand that their subordinates assist them resolve their personal as opposed to professional problems.” ― Kilroy J. Oldster

44. “You can be the most productive and most effective, but politics show up as ego, jealousy, and sabotage from bosses who can’t perform.” ― Richie Norto

45. “Bad boss? Fire him/her. When you’re interviewing for a job, your job is to interview them. You are an equal.” ― Richie Norton

46. “No one wants to follow a pessimist… You can be skeptical, you can be realistic, but you can’t be cynical. If your boss is Eeyore, do you want to work with someone like that? Oh, bother.” ― Bob Iger

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47. “Being the boss anywhere is lonely. Being a female boss in a world of mostly men is especially so.” ― Robert Frost

48. “If you have to remind people you’re the boss, I don’t think you’re going to be a very effective leader.” ― Paul DePodesta

49. “More than half of people who leave their jobs do so because of their relationship with their boss. Smart companies make certain their managers know how to balance being professional with being human. These are the bosses who celebrate an employee’s success, empathize with those going through hard times, and challenge people, even when it hurts.” ― Travis Bradberry

Good Boss Quotes To Inspire The Management Team 

51“A good boss makes his men realize they have more ability than they think they have so that they consistently do better work than they thought they could.” — Charles Erwin Wilson

52. “A good boss asks what part she could have played in the problem. And then she asks herself what she can do better next time.” ~ Lisi Harrison

53. “The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm.” — John C. Maxwell

54.  “Good thinkers are always in demand. A person who knows how may always have a job, but the person who knows why will always be his boss.” — John C. Maxwell

55. “Bosses push, Leaders pull. Real leadership is servant leadership.” — Dave Ramsey

56. “There is only one boss: the customer. And he can fire everybody in the company, from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.” — Sam Walton

57. “Your own mental attitude is your real boss.” — Napoleon Hill

58. “In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.” — Tina Fey

59. “The mediocre boss tells. The good boss explains. The superior boss demonstrates. The great boss Inspires.” — William Arthur Ward

60. “To be a good boss, you must be transparent” — David Niu

Remarkable Boss Quotes For Employees

61. “By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.” – Robert Frost

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62. “I would be a billionaire if I was looking to be a selfish boss. That’s not me.” — Alfred North Whitehead

63. “Now, if your boss is a sadist, then you have a big problem. In that case, fire your boss and get a new job.” — Donald Trump

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

65. “The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.” — Woodrow Wilson

66. “Bob arum is Manny Pacquiao’s boss, Floyd Mayweather is his own boss.” — Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

67. “I let ballplayers yell back at me because I wasn’t trying to prove I’m boss. I know I’m boss.” — Al McGuire

68. “The joy about the recording is that you are your own boss. You don’t have a director telling you how to do it.”— Jim Dale

69. “Divine love is the sublime boss of the universe.” — John Muir

70. “If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.” — Bill Gates

Boss Quotes To Make You Embrace Your Work

71. “I’m single, I’m enjoying life. Being a boss. Like all true bosses, one day you gotta give it up.” — Rick Ross

72. “Be nice to nerds, they’ll probably be your boss one day.” — Bill Gates

73. “I think that there shouldn’t be an age limit to become a boss, so having that element is really important.” — Zendaya

74. “If your boss is getting you down, look at him through the prongs of a fork and imagine him in jail.” — Ricky Gervais

75. “Top managers love people and they want to be loved – it turns out being loved is good for your career, especially if you are the boss.” — Chade-Meng Tan

76. “Being the boss of your own career, you get used to having veto power and getting what you want, or as close to what you want as you have mapped out.” — Neko Case

77. “I’m not used to having a boss. I’m the boss. I don’t need the money. I’m filthy f… rich!” — Kimora Lee Simmons

78. “It’s not going to happen if you wait for the boss to tell you to make it happen.” — Mitch Joel

79. “I have no boss but my conscience.” — Mehmet Murat Ildan

80. “I don’t want to be my own boss. I want to be my own colleague.” — Demetri Martin

Thought Provoking Boss Quotes 

81. “Control what I hold and of course be the boss of myself, no-one else will bring my wealth.” — Big Daddy Kane

82. “‘Bossy’ is someone who bosses people around without reason.” — Stefanie Powers

83. “I like my father being the boss in my life.” — Shreya Ghoshal

84. I am not bossy, I am the boss.” — Beyonce Knowles

85. “The boss isn’t always right, but he is the boss.” — David Robertson

86. “In a world of bosses, you are your own master.” — John Grogan

87. “Tell your boss what you really think about him and the truth shall set you free.” — Patrick Murray

88. “When everything is together – the band, me, the audience, it’s boss! It’s just like magic.” — Janis Joplin

89. “Why do I want somebody to tell me what to do, tell me what I’m doing wrong? I want to be the boss.” — Bubba Watson

90. “Your boss is only human and just wants the best from you.” — Naomie Harris

Boss Quotes That Will Help You To Become A Leader

91. “It is reassuring for people to feel they have a boss, someone who knows the answers and has charted the course.” — George Cukor

92. “You can’t be a good boss without first being a good person.” ― Sarvesh Jain

93. “Bosses care to be in charge, leaders try to take care of those in their charge.” ― Amit Kalantri

94. “The difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says, ‘Go!’ – a leader says, ‘Let’s go!” ― E.M. Kelly

95. “If you’re the boss and your people fight you openly when they think that you are wrong – that’s healthy.” — Robert Townsend

96. “A leader is admired, a boss is feared.” — Vicente Del Bosque

97. “There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss. Both are based on authority. A boss demands blind obedience; a leader earns his authority through understanding and trust.” — Klaus Balkenhol

98. A good boss realizes that they can also learn from those they work with no matter the level, title or position. Learning is a continuous habit and is one of the best lessons demonstrated by a good boss.” — Byron Pulsifer

99. “A good boss is a person who can tolerate my complaints and still manage to say hello to me every day.” — Byron Pusifer

Boss Quotes To Express Feelings Towards Superiors

100. “live life like a boss” ― Giselle Marquez

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101. “Business is boss, politics is servant.” ― Amit Kalantri

102. “I’m kind of bored with being the boss of the internet. It doesn’t feel right without the massage.” ― Martinus Hendrikus Benders

103. “What I want the most right damn now it to forget, for one day, that I’m your boss so I can make love to you with no regrets and no what-ifs.” ― Elizabeth Otto

104. “She was not alone in her respect for him. Because he is more than a boss to people. He’s a religion for non-believers.” ― Carla H Krueger

105. “It’s not difficult to put a girl in bottle; especially when she thinks, she is the boss.” ― Aman Jassal

106. “A #GIRLBOSS knows when to throw punches and when to roll with them.” ― Sophia Amoruso

107. “Boss may be on, but leader can be anyone.” ― Ameya Agrawal

108. “I didn’t know my boss likes pugs so much so one time we were talking about dogs, I said pugs are really, really ugly. She followed that sentence with, “I have two pugs.” ― Cristine

109. “If you really want to talk to the big boss now, make sure you leave your balls here with me, for he likes no balls on people he is talking to.” ― Pawan Mishra

Boss Quotes Relatable To Work Place 

110. “I was my own boss, but that all changed the day I got married.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo

111. “It is always a great honor to be the driver of your own car, to be the boss of your own fate!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

112. “Unless you accept anyone to be your boss, no man can be your boss!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

113. “In some cases, you can tell how somebody is being treated by their own boss from the way they are treating someone to whom they are a boss.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

114. “You can be the most productive and most effective, but politics show up as ego, jealousy and sabotage from bosses who can’t perform.” ― Richie Norton

115. “In any organization, someone must be the boss. If it’s even just one person, you’ve got to be the boss of yourself.” ― Malcolm X

116. “Those who think that you have no BOSS in your own business! Indeed, you have many bosses, “ THE CLIENTS” ― Dr Rafiq Dar

117. “A boss loves power; a leader loves people.” ― Amit Kalantri

118. “The one, who likes to have an ‘underhand’, will inevitably come across a ‘boss’!” ― Dada Bhagwan

119. “I would have sold my soul to the devil, but my boss had a better offer.” ― Ljupka Cvetanova

120. “My brother-in-law had to give up his last job because of illness. His boss became sick of him.” ― Henny Youngman

121. “You can run the office without a boss, but you can’t run an office without secretaries.” ― Jane Fonda

122. “There’s a difference between a job and a career – if you’re the boss you don’t stop at six o’clock, you have to worry about everything all the time.” ― Ricky Gervais

123. “A job is a job, and there are days that are going to be boring, or you have a boss you don’t like, or people you work with.” ― Nick Kroll

124. “The boss is never your friend, even if you’re sleeping with him.” ― Jacob M. Appel

125. “If a female employee is offended, a boss would like her to tell him, not sue him.” ― Warren Farrell

126. “I pledged to work for righteousness. God’s given me inspiration. God’s the boss, he tell me what to do.” ― Bob Marley

127. “Our lives depend on good communication. Good communication helps personal relationships, it helps bosses and employees get along better. We rely on it.” ― Alan Alda

128. “Go the extra mile. It makes your boss look like an incompetent slacker.” ― Stephen Hawking

129. “People in this day and age are still under the illusion that every woman who is successful must be being controlled by a man… I’m the boss.” ― Lily Allen

What did you learn from these boss quotes?

Being a boss can be lonely sometimes.

Being a genuine leader can test someone every day.

The reward to leadership done right, seeing someone grow and develop, is priceless though.

I received a message from a past employee not too long ago that said, “Also, I have to say it.

You set my expectation of what a good manager looks like way too high.

My manager at work is gonna drive me insane.”

It made me feel like I had made a difference.

Which is what any good leader should try to do.

Make a difference in your organization, and in the people you lead and teach.

Yes, it is important to hit goals and metrics, but a leader’s job should always be to help their people succeed.

‘With great power, comes great responsibility.’

Is your boss using theirs wisely?

Are you a manager and one of these boss quotes and sayings resonated with you?

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