29 First-Class Marcus Buckingham Quotes

Marcus Buckingham is a best selling author and motivational speaker from Radlet, Hertfordshire. His books focus on his interesting idea of focusing on people’s strengths, rather than their weaknesses, in order for them to truly excel. Here is a great collection of some of his best quotes.

“Clarity is the answer to anxiety. Effective leaders are clear.”

“Clarity is the preoccupation of the effective leader. If you do nothing else as a leader, be clear.”

“Discover what you don’t like doing and stop doing it.”

“Focusing on strengths is the surest way to greater job satisfaction, team performance, and organizational excellence.”

“Great leaders rally people to a better future.”

“I think a good business book has one coherent idea that is richly played out.”


“If we have to know without a doubt that the choices we are making are the perfect ones, we risk never making any choices at all.”

“If you want to be clear, act.”

“If you want to change your life so that others may benefit from your strengths, then change your values. Don’t waste time trying to change your talents.”

“In most cases, no matter what it is, if you measure it and reward it, people will try to excel at it.”

“In the minds of great managers, consistent poor performance is not primarily a matter of weakness, stupidity, disobedience, or disrespect. It is a matter of miscasting.”

“Innovation and best practices can be sown throughout an organization – but only when they fall on fertile ground.”

“Life’s tricky for women because they have to make more choices than men. And yes, choice is good, but boy, you better be an expert choice maker.”

“No idea will work if people don’t trust your intentions toward them.”

“Performance that generates superior results is always the point.”

“Sustained success means making the greatest possible impact over the longest period of time.”

“Talent is the multiplier. The more energy and attention you invest in it, the greater the yield. The time yous pend with your best is, quite simply, your most productive time.”

“The best way to find out whether you’re on the right path? Stop looking at the path.”

“The corporate world is appallingly bad at capitalizing on the strengths of its people.”

“The difference between a pebble and a mountain lies in whom you ask to move it.”

“The opposite of a leader isn’t a follower. The opposite of a leader is a pessimist.”

“This can be both a blessing and a curse. You are blessed with a wonderfully unique filter but cursed with a systematic inability to understand anybody elses’s.”

“To get the best coaching outcomes, always have your 1-on1′s on your employee’s turf not yours. In you office the truth hides.”

“True individuality can be lonely.”

“We live with them everyday, and they come so easily to us that they cease to be precious.”

“You cannot learn very much about excellence from studying failure.”

“You shouldn’t take price in your natural talents any more than you should take price in your sex, your race or color of your hair.”

“You’ll grow most where you’re already strong.”

“Your strongest life is built through a continuous practice of designing moment by moment.”


In this great video, Marcus Buckingham discusses the extreme importance of finding your strengths and using them.

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