CEOs (chief executive officers) are often people we can learn a lot from. They understand the importance of teamwork, of measuring leadership skills by the happiness of employees, that authenticity matters and that balancing work and life is important.


The great leaders and powerhouses of companies work hard day in and day out towards the overall success of the company. The best types of leaders are able to motivate employees to work just as hard towards great results.


No matter where you are in your career, advice from people that have been in similar situations can be extremely useful. Here are some inspiring quotes from successful CEOs on how they manage it all.



“It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.” – Warren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathway


“Leaders get out in front and stay there by raising the standards by which they judge themselves – and by which they are willing to be judged.” – CEO of FedEx, Frederick W. Smith


Understanding Corporate Culture

“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person- not just an employee – are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.” – CEO of Xerox, Anne M. Mulcahy


Importance of Authenticity

“Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world… if you do so, you are insulting yourself” – CEO of Microsoft, Bill Gates


“In this ever-changing society, the most powerful and enduring brands are built from the heart. They are real and sustainable. Their foundations are stronger because they are built with the strength of the human spirit, not an ad campaign. The companies that are lasting are those that are authentic” – CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz


Effort and Innovation

“Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.” – Andrew Carnegie, philanthropist and founder of Carnegie Corporation of New York


“Just because you are CEO, don’t think you have landed. You must continually increase your learning, the way you think, and the way you approach the organization. I’ve never forgotten that.” – Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo.


“The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is ‘why not?’” – CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos



“As a wife, daughter, friend, and the founder and CEO of LearnVest, my schedule is anything but simple. But I learned early on how to meticulously manage my time.” – CEO of LearnVest, Alexa Von Tobel


“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” – CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer



The CEOs above have found ways to have more meaning in their own workdays and for their employees as well. The road to success isn’t always easy, but great leaders learn from their mistakes, try their best, and encourage their employees to do the same. Hopefully these quotes from some of the many successful CEOs will inspire you on your journey as CEO.