Catalyst Quotes

Compiled by Alex Pena ~ ‘Catalyst’: “to spark, to ignite, energize, mobilize; something that accelerates a reaction (DDI)." Thought-provoking & motivational quotes and stories for you to read, reflect on and move forward in making creative and positive changes in your life.

“Leader, Boss, Manage”


“My completely random thought for today has been about the features of the best and worst bosses I had during my long … career.

My best bosses:

▪  inspired confidence

▪  were humble

▪  had integrity

▪   knew what they were talking about

▪  let me get on with things

▪  were always there when I needed help

▪  usually said ‘yes, try it’


My worst bosses:

▪  never seemed to be around when I needed them

▪  always asked me to justify what I wanted to do

▪  always wanted to know what I was doing

▪  often said ‘no, we can’t do that’

▪  gave the impression of being distrustful

▪  didn’t smile much

▪  talked about themselves a lot”   (Trevor Gay, Simplicity Blog)



“The boss drives people; the leader coaches them.  The boss depends on authority; the leader on good will.  The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm.  The boss says ‘I’; the leader says ‘WE’.  The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown. The boss says, ‘GO’; the leader says ‘LET’S GO!’    (H. Gordon Selfridge)



“A boss creates fear, a leader confidence.  A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes.  A boss knows all, a leader asks questions.  A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting.  A boss is interested in himself or herself; a leader is interested in the group.”   (Russell H. Ewing)



“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss.  The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”    (Theodore Roosevelt)



“You manage things; you lead people.”    (Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper)


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