Top 80 CEOs Quotes

Words matter. These are the best CEOs Quotes from famous people such as Robert Metcalfe, Madeleine M. Kunin, Yishan Wong, Jared Diamond, Lewis B. Smedes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Where visionaries can be good at persuasion, CEOs are g

Where visionaries can be good at persuasion, CEOs are good at wielding authority. Visionaries transcend organizations, resources, and current realities, while CEOs master them.
Robert Metcalfe
Money often determines not only who gets elected, but what gets done. Which voices do lawmakers listen to, the banks or home owners, coal companies, or asthma sufferers, the CEOs or the unemployed?
Madeleine M. Kunin
Everything ultimately becomes the CEO’s problem, no matter where it starts. I can see why some CEOs crack under the pressure.
Yishan Wong
Twenty years ago, you might have been pessimistic and said there’s no hope. But these days, some of our very biggest companies are acting remarkably cleanly. And in some cases, although not all cases, the CEOs are the driving forces behind that.
Jared Diamond
No doubt, corporate CEOs who lie to their shareholders and politicians who lie to their public know and believe intellectually that lying is immoral. Why then do they lie? They lie to others because they first lie to themselves.
Lewis B. Smedes
When I dine with CEOs at Michael’s in New York or Spago in L.A., we score the best tables. On my own, I wind up seated near the kitchen doors.
Christina Binkley
I grew up watching my mom and dad selling rooms in our motels. We had CEOs coming to our house so that my dad could persuade them to have their executives stay in Hyatt hotels.
J. B. Pritzker
I went off to a school with the children of CEOs and diplomats. To be able to be at home with that group of people and at home with the desperately poor has been good for me in preparation for my coming to Washington.
James Green Somerville
We’re very much focused on full shareholder-value return. We have to get our stock moving. But I won’t do something in the short run that I don’t feel is right for the long run. That, I’ve watched many CEOs do.
John T. Chambers
Europeans forget that one-third of the American people have had a personal conversation with Jesus Christ and that the born-again are not just little old ladies in black but also CEOs and provosts of universities and candidates for office.
Edmund White
I think very few people still understand the distinction between CEOs on Wall Street and the hedge-fund billionaires operating separately.
Damian Lewis
There are woefully few women CEOs in the world, but there can be lots of them in films.
Geena Davis
I don’t understand why people whose entire lives or their corporate success depends on communication, and yet they are led on occasion by CEOs who cannot talk their way out of a paper bag and don’t care to.
Frank Luntz
You know, technology CEOs like to think of themselves as rock ‘n roll stars.
James Daly
For far too long, Congress has been focused on the CEOs, the millionaires, the billionaires.
Jason Kander
I work with CEOs and their executive teams… and very few of these people are really indifferent about their employees or their customers.
Patrick Lencioni
Once America’s CEOs get back to the business of growing their companies rather than growing their share prices, shareholder value will take care of itself, and all Americans will share in the higher wages and other benefits of a renewed era of economic growth.
Nick Hanauer
CEOs of top companies could probably use a dose of not-asking-for-raise behavior and less self-entitlement, rather than us trying to change girls in order to fit into the common mold of what we think a CEO looks like.
Adora Svitak
Visionary CEOs are not ‘just’ great at assuring world-class execution of a tested and successful business model: they are also world-class innovators.
Steve Blank
Most of the tech CEOs I know used to think that moving to the Midwest or the South was beneath us, a good tactic for the Boeings of the world who don’t need the kind of rare skills we depend on, who have to grub for profits when we reach for growth. But if Amazon can’t afford to keep growing in Seattle, who can?
Glenn Kelman
Now, metaphorically, I sit at any table that I want. I can sit with the jocks, I can sit with the gang members, I can sit with the politicians, I can sit with the CEOs. My brand can fit anywhere.
Karen Civil
I know CEOs, and they get sick when they have to lay people off, especially around Christmas.
Mark Goulston
CEOs can stay too long.
Mark V. Hurd
The Fed has got to become a more democratic institution that is responsive to the needs of the middle class, not just Wall Street CEOs.
Bernie Sanders
‘Commercial’ is not the word that has to be said only by CEOs. It has to be something that is maybe the essence of design, because design has some sort of art in it and creation, but it’s also some object that you have to use. There is also this pragmatic end to it.
Alber Elbaz
While Matt Bevin helps insiders, wealthy CEOs and special interests, I’m running to be a governor who works for Kentucky families who are still struggling to get ahead.
Andy Beshear
I started doing motivational tours. I’ve seen all kinds of people, from the CEOs to the lowest executive, opening up to their fears. We don’t introspect as much as we should.
Anupam Kher
Visionary CEOs are product- and business-model-centric and extremely customer focused.
Steve Blank
I met with several public company CEOs to learn about their experiences of going public and listened to as many earnings calls as I possibly could.
Jon Oringer
I am far more a fan of aggressive entrepreneurs than I am of major CEOs. You look at major CEOs, and they are almost to a person quite timid. They don’t act to defend the free market principles that are vital to growth.
Ted Cruz
Society is still adapting to women being CEOs and professionals rather than homemakers. Because of this, the unfortunate outcome is that we feel we have to be successful at both – in the office and in the home. Striking that balance is different for everyone.
Brit Morin
When I talk to CEOs, they're not educated about social

When I talk to CEOs, they’re not educated about social media.
Cameron Dallas
I don’t feel I’m at liberty to speak about the actions of any one CEO. That’s not fair; given CEOs have duties to their shareholders.
Kenneth C. Griffin
Too many companies are just being big for the sheer sake of it. Too many CEOs thinking bigger is better.
Roger Altman
I know a lot of CEOs who are looking for three- to four-year varsity athletes – not necessarily because these people are going to be doing pushups or spiking volleyballs in the workplace, but because they’re looking for that continuity, that person who was gritty about something.
Angela Duckworth
By the time of the ’90s boom, CEOs had become superheroes, accorded celebrity treatment and followed with a kind of slavish scrutiny that Alfred P. Sloan could never have imagined.
James Surowiecki
If being open and honest with my customers is naive then it’s fine with me. CEOs who hide behind that all-seeing, all-knowing veneer are playing a game anyway, it’s not real. I am quite happy to be seen for who I am.
Dido Harding
The thing that’s confusing for investors is that founders don’t know how to be CEO. I didn’t know how to do the job when I was a CEO. Founder CEOs don’t know how to be CEOs, but it doesn’t mean they can’t learn. The question is… can the founder learn that job and can they tolerate all mistakes they will make doing it?
Ben Horowitz
We have doctors and lawyers and CEOs as fans.
Johnny Van Zant
CEOs must go beyond working with policy-makers on new regulatory frameworks. They must also commit to the principle that success cannot be measured by profitability and growth alone.
Pierre Nanterme
Everything becomes connected, and cyber security becomes the top issue for CEOs. An average company has 40-60 security vendors, and they have a violation every three months with viruses.
John T. Chambers
In life, everybody faces choices between doing what’s popular, easy, and wrong vs. doing what’s lonely, difficult, and right. These decisions intensify when you run a company, because the consequences get magnified 1,000 fold. As in life, the excuses for CEOs making the wrong choice are always plentiful.
Ben Horowitz
Good parents are always on time. So are good CEOs.
Andy Dunn
Working with people from all walks of life, from full-time moms to CEOs at large companies, I’ve distilled many universal truths about success. There’s a secret I’ve learned that works quite well at helping you to achieve what you want: Decide what you want.
Jack Canfield
As CEOs or board members, women are still underrepresented, and that gap is actually growing.
Gillian Tans
I’m not like most artists or most CEOs – I’m a CEO first, then an artist.
Young Dolph
Indian-Americans are physicians, engineers, CEOs, professors, teachers, entrepreneurs. They are a vital part of the United States’ economic and social fabric. Because of this long history, the bonds among our people and our cultures will remain strong.
Henry Paulson
Over time, many CEOs realize that being able to quickly and effectively confront conflict in their company is a leadership opportunity because people’s respect often rises and falls on whether their leader deals with conflict head on or avoids dealing with it.
Mark Goulston
We must do better for our people by implementing a robust jobs agenda that prioritizes workers – not out-of-state corporations and CEOs.
Andy Beshear
The best board members aren’t elected by default. CEOs that set themselves up with their choice of board member – which means getting more than one term sheet and doing extensive reference checking – are better off.
Scott Weiss
If you want to think of a company as a system, design the system to benefit all. So how can you raise wages, increase training, and reduce carbon, and provide low-prices? We believe that it’s possible to deliver, and I find a lot of other likeminded CEOs, as it relates to thinking that way.
Doug McMillon
In California, we’ve had a series of millionaires and billionaires and CEOs and movie stars. We need to take a hard look at how we define legitimate and credible candidates.
Elizabeth Emken
I’m encouraged by what I’m seeing happening with more and more CEOs stepping up, saying, ‘I have to fight carbon emissions.’
Laurie David
When I look at founders and CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook and Brian Chesky at Airbnb and Sebastian Thrun at Udacity, these are companies that are creating extraordinary social good and extraordinary economic and educational empowerment, all within with context of a for-profit model.
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen
I mentor a lot of CEOs and entrepreneurs, and when I see that product is the number-one thing, the only thing that matters, that’s a real red flag.
Marc Benioff
There’s such a preoccupation with liquidity and such an unwillingness to invest beyond the horizon of the next quarter and making sure that the CEOs hit their quarterly earnings.
Edmund Phelps
Limos are fine for prime ministers or presidents who need the security, but there’s no need for CEOs or executives to have one as a status symbol.
Richard Quest
Public hangings are teaching moments. Every company has to do it. A teaching moment is worth a thousand CEO speeches. CEOs can talk and blab each day about culture, but the employees all know who the jerks are. They could name the jerks for you. It’s just cultural. People just don’t want to do it.
Jack Welch
We all aren’t in government, we all aren’t CEOs, but we all are somebody.
Michael Tubbs
Trade is the key to the economic outlook in Britain and the E.U. Many corporate chieftains joined large bank CEOs and the fearmongering IMF to suggest that the E.U. will deal harshly with Britain if it leaves and stop all trade. That’s mutually assured destruction – MAD.
Lawrence Kudlow
CEOs hate variance. It’s the enemy. Variance in customer service is bad. Variance in quality is bad. CEOs love processes that are standardized, routinized, predictable. Stamping out variance makes a complex job a bit less complex.
Marcus Buckingham
I was with top CEOs in 2009, and they were clearly shaken. Top leaders of Wall Street and elsewhere, shaken. The ones at the top did get by because if they are seeing a decline somewhere, there is also growth elsewhere, like in emerging economies.
Shiv Nadar
CEOs must embrace the role of serving as the public fac

CEOs must embrace the role of serving as the public face of the company to their customer community and the marketplace at large.
Simon Mainwaring
My feminist values are rooted in my socialist values. The number of women CEOs in Britain’s biggest companies is irrelevant if they pay their women workers poverty wages or discriminate against black employees.
Clive Lewis
CEOs are also chief capital allocators. This is a point Warren Buffett has repeatedly made: that the role management plays in allocating capital across businesses and boosting returns on that capital is a critical yet poorly recognized one.
Kelly Evans
I think of a traditional CEO as being divorced from customers. A lot of consumer company CEOs – they’re not really interacting with consumers.
Tim Cook
‘The Week’ is my favourite magazine. Everyone from presidents to CEOs of companies love it, politicians, people in the massive charity business in America, in the arts and even more especially in the media.
Felix Dennis
It could happen to anyone when you get hired by a different president. There’s a difference in philosophies. It happens. It’s a change in CEOs. They have their own people, their own philosophies, and it’s different than what Bob stands for.
Rick Pitino
Am I as experienced, or mature, or smart as others CEOs? No probably not, but there’s something, I think, very useful about having a founder as the CEO.
Andrew Mason
I have met with hundreds of young fashion designers, hundreds of fashion startups, hundreds of CEOs and business leaders. All I do is get to ask questions of professionals in the industry. I learn from every conversation. It is the best education I could have.
Imran Amed
If you look at the CEOs of some the most successful companies in the world like IKEA, they never fly first class. They always go economy.
Gene Simmons
As chairman, I commit to keeping Business Roundtable CEOs at the forefront of constructive public policy debates as we pursue an agenda of greater growth and opportunity for all Americans.
Doug McMillon
When my co-founder and I first had the idea for IronPort, an email security company, we triangulated a list of the 20 most relevant people in email – former CEOs, open source technologists, investors and thought leaders.
Scott Weiss
I think most CEOs think their stock is undervalued, probably.
Richard Kinder
The world is full of CEOs that think that just because they write a memo or they write a letter inside an annual report or they give a little video speech that gets sent around the company, they think that’s what’s really going to affect employees.
Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.
I’ve always been of the view that two-term presidency rule is a pretty good one and CEOs shouldn’t overstay their welcome.
Dido Harding
Errors in decision-making lead young people to under-save for retirement, doctors to miss tumours, CEOs to make catastrophic investments, governments to engage in needless wars, and parents to irreversibly traumatize their children.
Noreena Hertz
If I get asked to talk to a group of CEOs or a group of high school students, I pick high school students.
Pam Bondi
It’s pretty rare to have CEOs or high level executives at big companies who are social activists. They tend not to be drawn to those areas of life.
Jerry Greenfield
Generally, older people in their fifties, sixties, and seventies are running most countries and are CEOs of corporations. Which isn’t to say there aren’t entrepreneurs, but if the young were better in every respect, there’d be no reason for the old. Our life span reflects our particular life strategy.
Cynthia Kenyon