81 Chief Executive Quotes To Inspire You

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  1. Chief executives, who themselves own few shares of their companies, have no more feeling for the average stockholder than they do for baboons in Africa. — T. Boone Pickens
  2. A large company’s need to bring in a new chief executive from the outside is a damning sign of something basically wrong with the existing management. — Philip Arthur Fisher
  3. I shall make it my chief business to see that the [royal] executive power has its place in the constitution. — Honore Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau
  4. The salary of the chief executive of a large corporation is not a market award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm personal gesture by the individual to himself. — John Kenneth Galbraith
  5. Don't blame the marketing department. The buck stops with the chief executive. — John D. Rockefeller
  6. Executive power is exercised by the President of the Governing Board who, with the title of President of the Republic of Chile, administers the state and is the Supreme Chief of the Nation. — Augusto Pinochet
  7. I don't want to be a great chief executive without being a great mum and a great wife. — Angela Ahrendts
  8. It is the duty of every good officer to obey any orders given him by his commander-in-chief. — Nathan Hale
  9. It was my fortune, or misfortune, to be called to the office of Chief Executive without any previous political training. — Ulysses S. Grant
  10. Businessmen... were not born chief executives. They were often people first. — Richard Jefferson

Short Chief Executive Quotes

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  • Any chief executive who hires a consultant to give them strategy should be fired. — Duff McDonald
  • At the heart of any good business is a chief executive officer with one. — Malcolm Forbes
  • Chief executives that are successful make good chief executives. — Scott Walker
  • An inadequate chief executive officer's time at the top is always too long no matter how short. — Malcolm Forbes
  • I was the editor of the News of the World; I was the editor of the Sun and chief executive. — Rebekah Brooks
  • The chief ability of an executive should be his ability to recognize ability. — Evan Esar
  • I am again called upon by the voice of my country to execute the functions of its Chief Magistrate. — George Washington
Chief executive quote Average people have great ideas. Legends have great execution.
Average people have great ideas. Legends have great execution.

C.e.o Quotes

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I like strong women - not necessarily a masculine woman - but I like strong women...say a woman who runs a C.E.O. corporation. I like a strong woman with confidence - massive confidence - and then I want to dominate her sexually. — Mike Tyson

Steve Jobs was rare: a C.E.O. who actually had a huge impact on his company's fortunes. Contrary to corporate mythology, most C.E.O.s could be easily replaced, if not by your average Joe, then by your average executive vice-president. But Jobs genuinely earned the label of superstar. — James Surowiecki

A C.E.O.'s job is leadership, problem solving, and team building. I've done that my whole career. — Bruce Rauner

Chief executive quote Ideas hold little intrinsic value without execution.
Ideas hold little intrinsic value without execution.

If somehow a proclamation were made that C.E.O.'s could only make a maximum of $300,000 a year, you would not have any shortage of very qualified men and women seeking the jobs. — James Sinegal

The C.E.O.'s job in a creativity-driven company is to be an impresario, not a manager. — John Kao

It didn't occur to me that I could be a writer until college. I saw all these people around me training to be doctors, or historians, or C.E.O.'s or whatnot, and I thought, Maybe I want to be a writer. — John Brandon

Chief executive quote Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.
Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.

To have a Welch-caliber C.E.O. is impressive.To have a century of Welch-Caliber C.E.O.'s all grown from the inside - well, that is one key reason why G.E. is a visionary company. — James C. Collins

When you're C.E.O., you have to have two conditions: first, shareholders need to trust you and want you to head your company. The second is that you need to feel the motivation to do the job. So, as long as both are reunited, you continue to do the job. And today, they are reunited. — Carlos Ghosn

People have Plato's form in their mind of what a leader is, or what a C.E.O. is, and it is a bunch of elements that I really don't conform to at all. I've given this a lot of thought, and I came to the conclusion that I don't care. — Dick Costolo

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The press is our chief ideological weapon. — Nikita Khrushchev

If our religion is based on salvation, our chief emotions will be fear and trembling. If our religion is based on wonder, our chief emotion will be gratitude. — Carl Jung

Proceed, great chief, with virtue on thy sideThy every action let the goddess guide. — Phillis Wheatley

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The chief difficulty Alice found at first was in managing her flamingo. — Lewis Carroll

The chief cause of human errors is to be found in the prejudices picked up in childhood. — Rene Descartes

I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation. We do not want riches but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love. — Red Cloud

Chief executive quote Vision without execution is hallucination.
Vision without execution is hallucination.

Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours. — Marcus Aurelius

Our chiefs are killed. . . . The little children are freezing to death. . . . My people have no blankets, no food. . . . My heart is sick and sad. . . . I will fight no more forever. — Chief Joseph

I do not believe that the Great Spirit Chief gave one kind of men the right to tell another kind of men what they must do. — Chief Joseph

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The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions. — Alfred Adler

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To have a healthy and thriving business, there must be healthy relationships with the C.E.O.S. in the organization and I'm not referring to the Chief Executive Offficers. I am talking about the Customers, the Employees, the Owner (or stockholders), and the Suppliers. — James Hunter

Of one thing the investor can be certain: A large company's need to bring in a new chief executive from the outside is a damning sign of something basically wrong with the existing management - no matter how good the surface signs may have been as indicated by the most recent earnings statement. — Philip Arthur Fisher

It is well to remember that the office of Chief Executive is in part a symbol of the nation and that leaders in a nation may differ in their own house but they have instant solidarity in the presence of foreign attack — Herbert Hoover

I received a phone call from the chief executive of my principal sponsor [Marlboro], who actually told me that it would be in the interests of the sport if I started to lose races. Which, I mean, just blew my mind. — Ron Dennis

The right response when, in the army, you are given an unlawful order, is to refuse that order. The right response of a chief executive in this state and in this nation, when faced with an order by a court that he conscientiously believes violates the constitution he is sworn to respect, is to refuse their order! — Alan Keyes

I doubt very much if a man whose main literary interests were in works by Mr. Zane Grey, admirable as they may be, is particularly equipped to be the chief executive of this country, particularly where Indian Affairs are concerned. — Dean Acheson

I cannot imagine any other country in the world where the opposition would seek, and the chief executive would allow, the dissemination of his most private and personal conversations with his staff, which, to be honest, do not exactly confer sainthood on anyone concerned. — Gerald R. Ford

I have been tested in many ways, personally, I have beaten breast cancer, I buried a child to addiction. Professionally, you cannot go from being a secretary of nine-person real estate firm to the chief executive of the largest technology company in the world without having been tested over and over and over. — Carly Fiorina

I accept that responsibility and ask only that I be judged by my performance as its chief executive. — Jane Byrne

I was getting money for showing one man killing another. Two lives were destroyed and I was getting paid for it. (On his 1968 photograph of the summary street corner execution of prisoner Nguyen Van Lem by South Vietnam's police chief, Lt. Col. Nguyen Ngoc Loan.) — Eddie Adams

Business chief executive officers and their boards succumb to the pressures of the financial markets and their fears of takeovers and pour out their energies to produce quarterly earnings - at the expense of building their companies for the long term. — J. Irwin Miller

Life is very good. I'm the president and Chief Executive Officer of the Wireless trade association, the CTIA. — Steve Largent

The hardest thing for a chief executive to do is to tell someone that they don't have a job anymore. — Carly Fiorina

A tremendous chief executive in a small market will never be great. All great companies start with great markets. — Douglas Leone

The chief consideration for a good painter is to think out the whole of his picture, to have it in his head as a whole... so that he may then execute it with warmth and as if the entire thing were done at the same time. — Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Pro football was taking off when I became commissioner, and when a sport's successful and you're its chief executive officer, much of the credit flows to you and you develop a good track record. — Pete Rozelle

A president who believed that America's greatness is recoverable and expandable - a chief executive determined to lead us back to national restoration - would reject the crippling notions of national impotency that Obama has embraced. — David Limbaugh

My feeling about executive bonuses is that any candidate for a chief executive job who even raises the issue of bonuses should be dismissed out of hand. — Henry Mintzberg

Ethics must begin at the top of an organization. It is a leadership issue and the chief executive must set the example. — Edward F. Hennessey

It's not reasonable for companies that have chief executives and board members who are paid very considerable sums to subsidise low pay through in-work benefits. — Boris Johnson

Show me a chief executive who’s on five boards and who lends his or her name, prestige and time to 15 community activities — and I’ll show you a company that’s underperforming. A chief executive is paid to run the company. That’s the CEO’s job. — Albert J. Dunlap

The chief executive who knows his strengths and weaknesses as a leader is likely to be far more effective than the one who remains blind to them. He also is on the road to humility -- that priceless attitude of openness to life that can help a manager absorb mistakes, failures, or personal shortcomings. — John Adair

Ethics must begin at the top of an organization. It is a leadership issue and the chief executive must set the example. — Edward Hennessy

I yearn to see other chief executives throughout the nation follow suit, so that as a people we may hasten the elimination of barbarism as a tool of American justice. — Winthrop Rockefeller

The chief executive who knows his strengths and weaknesses as a leader is likely to be far more effective than the one who remains blind to them. — John Adair

In government, our chief executives have been lawyers. The great majority of our cabinets and congresses are and have been men trained in the law. They have provided the leadership and the statecraft and the store of strength when it was needed. — Robert Kennedy

In fact, presidents and vice presidents are automatically audited by the IRS, which hasn't stopped other chief executives from making them public. — John Yang

Two of the last four executive editors at the New York Times were Johannesburg bureau chiefs at some point, Bill Keller and Joe Lelyveld. This is a very prestigious post and I was like I don't know 28 years old, which at the Times is very young, I had the temerity to put my hand up for that job. I don't think I slept a single night of those six weeks that I spent in Johannesburg. It was an unbelievable experience, and I think I did okay. — Lydia Polgreen

[Former chief executives] come away thinking that America needs a strong, functioning presidency to succeed, and they become very protective of that office. Democrats and Republicans alike are willing to put aside their own party's self-interest to preserve the presidency. That's been true over the decades. — Nancy Gibbs

I think Gary Johnson would be capable of being a good chief executive and yes a commander in chief - Aleppo to the contrary, notwithstanding. — William Weld

It is extraordinary that each of the three individuals this president [ George W. Bush] has nominated for the Supreme Court - Chief Justice [John] Roberts, Harriet Miers and now Judge Alito - has served not only as a lawyer for the executive branch, but has defended the most expansive view of presidential authority. — Edward Kennedy

To wage war, we need a commander in chief who has made tough calls in tough times and stood up to be held accountable over and over, not first-term senators who've never made an executive decision in their life. — Carly Fiorina

He was a great president in his first term; in his second term, he wasn't the same Grover Cleveland he was to begin with. ...Cleveland reestablished the presidency by being not only a chief executive but a leader. — Harry S. Truman

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