17 Astonishing Henri Fayol Quotes

Henri Fayol was a French mining engineering and author. He was best known for developing the theory of business administration that is often referred to as Fayolism. He is often credited as being the founder of modern management methods. With many principles taught in his time, here is a look at some of the most memorable Henri Fayol quotes ever recorded.

“[In France] a minister has twenty assistants, where the Administrative Theory says that a manager at the head of a big undertaking should not have more than five or six.”

“[Planning] means both to assess the future and make provision for it.”

“Administration, which calls for the application of wide knowledge and many personal qualities, is above all the art of handling men, and in this art, as in many others, it is practice that makes perfect. ”

“I intend to set forth my ideas here on the way in which that part should be played.”

“It is the industry which uses the products of the schools, and, like every consumer, it has the right to make its wishes known.”

“Its object is to point out mistakes in order that they may be rectified and prevented from recurring.”


“Management plays a very important part in the government of undertakings: of all undertakings, large or small, industrial, commercial, political, religious or other.”

“Not many people are familiar with its constitution and powers; our senses cannot follow its workings – we do not see it build or forge, sell or buy – and yet we all know that, if it does not work properly, the undertaking is in danger of failure.”

“Principles and general rules which hold good for business hold good for the state too, and the reverse applies.”

“The control of an undertaking consists of seeing that everything is being carried out in accordance with the plan which has been adopted, the orders which have been given, and the principles which have been laid down. ”

“The manner in which the subordinates do their work has incontestably a great effect upon the ultimate result, but the operation of management has much greater effect.”

“The meaning that I have given to the word administration and which has been generally adopted, broadens considerably the field of administrative science.”

“The subjects of recruitment, organization and direction of personnel will form the subject of the second part of this study.”

“The technical and commercial functions of a business are clearly defined, but the same cannot be said of the administrative function.”

“There is no one doctrine of administration for business and another for affairs of state; administrative doctrine is universal.”

“To manage is to forecast and plan, to organize, to command, to coordinate and to control. To foresee and plan means examining the future and drawing up the plan of action.”

“To organize means building up the dual structure, material and human, of the undertaking. To command means binding together, unifying and harmonizing all activity and effort.”

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