28 Peter Drucker Quotes

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. Peter Drucker
Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things. Peter Drucker
Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes. Peter Drucker
No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings. Peter Drucker
Most discussions of decision making assume that only senior executives make decisions or that only senior executives’ decisions matter. This is a dangerous mistake. Peter Drucker
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. Peter Drucker
Management by objectives works – if you know the objectives. Ninety percent of the time you don’t. Peter Drucker
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Peter Drucker
The best way to predict the future is to create it. Peter Drucker
The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. Peter Drucker
Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. Peter Drucker
The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said. Peter Drucker
Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done. Peter Drucker
People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. Peter Drucker
We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn. Peter Drucker
The better a person is, the more mistakes they will make for the more things they will try. Peter Drucker
Never mind your happiness; do your duty. Peter Drucker
A manager is responsible for the application and performance of knowledge. Peter Drucker
Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility. Peter Drucker
The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager. Peter Drucker
Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed. Peter Drucker
The most efficient way to produce anything is to bring together under one management as many as possible of the activities needed to turn out the product. Peter Drucker
The most efficient way to produce anything is to bring together under one management as many as possible of the activities needed to turn out the product. Peter Drucker
Executives owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs. Peter Drucker
Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. Peter Drucker
Checking the results of a decision against its expectations shows executives what their strengths are, where they need to improve, and where they lack knowledge or information. Peter Drucker
Accept the fact that we have to treat almost anybody as a volunteer. Peter Drucker
The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I.’ And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say ‘I.’ They don’t think ‘I.’ They think ‘we’; they think ‘team.’ They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but ‘we’ gets the credit…. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done. Peter Drucker

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