100 Simon Sinek Quotes On Leadership, Change, Teamwork

Simon Sinek motivational quotes on leadership, change, and teamwork will help you in your journey to success.

Simon Oliver Sinek was born on October 9, 1973, is a British-American author and inspirational speaker. He is an author is several books including Start With Why, The Infinite Game, Leaders Eat Last.

Born in Wimbledon, he lived in Hongkong and Johannesburg before setting in the United States. Completing his graduation in 1991, he received a BA degree in cultural anthropology from Brandeis University and started law at London’s City University, but dropped out to pursue his career in advertising.

Simon Sinek Start With Why Quotes

Started his career in an ad agency in New York, after a while Sinek started his business own business named Sinek Partners.

Sinek has written 5 books till now. His first book Start With Why was published in 2009 and his second book, Leaders Eat Last appeared in the best-selling lists of Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

Sinek is a charismatic author, famous for his sharp intellect and no-nonsense approach. Sinek’s ted talk “How great leaders inspire action” is the third most popular TED talk of all time and many big organizations such as Disney and Microsoft have sought his advice.

Here we are sharing a collection of Simon Sinek leadership quotes from some of his best-selling books Leaders Eat Last, Start With Why, and Infinite Games for you to learn the hard truth about success.

Simon Sinek Quotes

“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“Great companies don’t hire skilled people and motivate them, they hire already motivated people and inspire them.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress: Working hard for something we love is called passion.”
― Simon Sinek

“You have to be careful what you think you know.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“If we expect people to live the core values of an organization, we have to be able to tell them what those values look like in action.”
― Simon Sinek, Find Your Why

“Regardless of WHAT we do in our lives, our WHY—our driving purpose, cause or belief—never changes.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“Let us all be the leaders we wish we had.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“The role of a leader is not to come up with all the great ideas. The role of a leader is to create an environment in which great ideas can happen.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

Simon Sinek Leadership Quotes

“It’s not Bill Gates’s passion for computers that inspires us, it’s his undying optimism that even the most complicated problems can be solved.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“Greatness is not born from one success. Greatness is born from persevering through the countless failed attempts that preceded.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“the combination of your WHY and HOWs is as exclusively yours as your fingerprint.”
― Simon Sinek, Find Your Why

“As the Zen Buddhist saying goes, how you do anything is how you do everything.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“Leadership requires two things: a vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate it.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“When you compete against everyone else, no one wants to help you. But when you compete against yourself, everyone wants to help you.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“Some in management positions operate as if they are in a tree of monkeys. They make sure that everyone at the top of the tree looking down sees only smiles. But all too often, those at the bottom looking up see only asses.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“Returning from work feeling inspired, safe, fulfilled and grateful is a natural human right to which we are all entitled and not a modern luxury that only a few lucky ones are able to find.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“Value is not determined by those who set the price. Value is determined by those who choose to pay it.”
― Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek Quotes On Leadership

“We say WHAT we do, we sometimes say HOW we do it, but we rarely say WHY we do WHAT we do.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“Don’t quit. Never give up trying to build the world you can see, even if others can’t see it. Listen to your drum and your drum only. It’s the one that makes the sweetest sound.”
― Simon Sinek

“When the people have to manage dangers from inside the organization, the organization itself becomes less able to face the dangers from outside.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“An infinite mindset embraces abundance whereas a finite mindset operates with a scarcity mentality. In the Infinite Game we accept that “being the best” is a fool’s errand and that multiple players can do well at the same time.”
― Simon Sinek, The Infinite Game

“And when a leader embraces their responsibility to care for people instead of caring for numbers, then people will follow, solve problems and see to it that that leader’s vision comes to life the right way, a stable way and not the expedient way.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“Stress and anxiety at work have less to do with the work we do and more to do with weak management and leadership.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“the true price of leadership is the willingness to place the needs of others above your own. Great leaders truly care about those they are privileged to lead and understand that the true cost of the leadership privilege comes at the expense of self-interest.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“All organizations start with WHY, but only the great ones keep their WHY clear year after year. Those who forget WHY they were founded show up to the race every day to outdo someone else instead of to outdo themselves. The pursuit, for those who lose sight of WHY they are running the race, is for the medal or to beat someone else.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“It is not the genius at the top giving directions that makes people great. It is great people that make the guy at the top look like a genius.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“Children are better off having a parent who works into the night in a job they love than a parent who works shorter hours but comes home unhappy.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

Simon Sinek Quotes On Change

“Leadership is about integrity, honesty and accountability. All components of trust.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“You don’t hire for skills, you hire for attitude. You can always teach skills.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“A boss wants to pay for results, an employee wants recognition for effort. If a boss recognizes effort, they will get even better results.”
― Simon Sinek

“A leader must be inspired by the people before a leader can inspire the people.”
― Simon Sinek

“The rank of office is not what makes someone a leader. Leadership is the choice to serve others with or without any formal rank.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“Integrity is when our words and deeds are consistent with our intentions.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“And that’s what trust is. We don’t just trust people to obey the rules, we also trust that they know when to break them.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“The greatest contribution of a leader is to make other leaders.”
― Simon Sinek, Find Your Why

“He gave the “I Have a Dream” speech, not the “I Have a Plan” speech.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“Being the leader means you hold the highest rank, either by earning it, good fortune or navigating internal politics. Leading, however, means that others willingly follow you—not because they have to, not because they are paid to, but because they want to.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

Simon Sinek Quotes On Teamwork

“Passion alone can’t cut it. For passion to survive it needs structure. A why without how has little probability of success.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“Innovation is not born from the dream, innovation is born from the struggle.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“This is important because our behavior is affected by our assumptions or our perceived truths. We make decisions based on what we think we know.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“When we tell people to do their jobs, we get workers. When we trust people to get the job done, we get leaders.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“Great leaders and great organizations are good at seeing what most of us can’t see. They are good at giving us things we would never think of asking for.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.”
― Simon Sinek

“Most of us live our lives by accident—we live as it happens. Fullfillment comes when we live our lives on purpose.”
― Simon Sinek, Together is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration

“Infinite-minded leaders understand that “best” is not a permanent state. Instead, they strive to be “better.” “Better” suggests a journey of constant improvement and makes us feel like we are being invited to contribute our talents and energies to make progress in that journey.”
― Simon Sinek, The Infinite Game

“Our visions are the world we imagine, the tangible results of what the world would look like if we spent every day in pursuit of our WHY.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“Leadership is always about people.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

Simon Sinek Motivational Quotes

“We are drawn to leaders and organizations that are good at communicating what they believe. Their ability to make us feel like we belong, to make us feel special, safe and not alone is part of what gives them the ability to inspire us.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“There are leaders and there are those who lead. Leaders hold a position of power or influence. Those who lead inspire us.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“It is a leader’s job instead to take responsibility for the success of each member of his crew. It is the leader’s job to ensure that they are well trained and feel confident to perform their duties. To give them responsibility and hold them accountable to advance the mission.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“There’s just one problem with feelings. They can be tremendously difficult to express in words. That’s the reason we so often resort to metaphors and analogies,”
― Simon Sinek, Find Your Why

“People who love going to work are more productive and more creative. They go home happier and have happier families. They treat their colleagues and clients and customers better.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“Being a leader is like being a parent, and the company is like a new family to join. One that will care for us like we are their own . . . in sickness and in health.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“The opportunity is not to discover the perfect company for ourselves. The opportunity is to build the perfect company for each other.”
― Simon Sinek, Find Your Why

“There are two ways to build a career or a business. We can go through life hunting and pecking, looking for opportunities or customers, hoping that something connects. Or we can go through life with intention, knowing what our piece looks like, knowing our WHY, and going straight to the places we fit.”
― Simon Sinek, Find Your Why

“There are many ways to motivate people to do things, but loyalty comes from the ability to inspire people.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“Finding WHY is a process of discovery, not invention.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

Best Simon Sinek Empathy Quotes

“I know of no case study in history that describes an organization that has been managed out of a crisis. Every single one of them was led.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last Deluxe

“The only way people will know what you believe is by the things you say and do, and if you’re not consistent in the things you say and do, no one will know what you believe.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“Leaders are the ones who are willing to give up something of their own for us. Their time, their energy, their money, maybe even the food off their plate. When it matters, leaders choose to eat last.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“We are not victims of our situation. We are the architects of it.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“Instead of asking, “WHAT should we do to compete?” the questions must be asked, “WHY did we start doing WHAT we’re doing in the first place, and WHAT can we do to bring our cause to life considering all the technologies and market opportunities available today?”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“Great leaders are those who trust their gut. They are those who understand the art before the science. They win hearts before minds. They are the ones who start with WHY.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“The goal is not simply for you to cross the finish line, but to see how many people you can inspire to run with you.”
― Simon Sinek, Find Your Why

“If we want to feel an undying passion for our work, if we want to feel we are contributing to something bigger than ourselves, we all need to know our WHY.”
― Simon Sinek, Find Your Why

“That’s the problem with love; we only know when we’ve found it because it “just feels right.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“Leaps of greatness require the combined problem-solving ability of people who trust each other.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

Simon Sinek Infinite Game Quotes

“leaders are not responsible for the results, leaders are responsible for the people who are responsible for the results. And the best way to drive performance in an organization is to create an environment in which information can flow freely, mistakes can be highlighted and help can be offered and received.”
― Simon Sinek, The Infinite Game

“Think of a Just Cause like an iceberg. All we ever see is the tip of that iceberg, the things we have already accomplished. In an organization, it is often the founders and early contributors who have the clearest vision of the unknown future, of what, to everyone else, remains unseen.”
― Simon Sinek, The Infinite Game

“There is a difference between a group of people who work together and a group of people who trust each other.”
― Simon Sinek, The Infinite Game

“Culture = Values + Behavior”
― Simon Sinek, The Infinite Game

“Strong relationships are the foundation of high-performing teams. And all high-performing teams start with trust.”
― Simon Sinek, The Infinite Game

“To ask, “What’s best for me” is finite thinking. To ask, “What’s best for us” is infinite thinking.”
― Simon Sinek, The Infinite Game

“When leaders are willing to prioritize trust over performance, performance almost always follows.”
― Simon Sinek, The Infinite Game

“It is important to celebrate our victories, but we cannot linger on them. For the Infinite Game is still going and there is still much work to be done.”
― Simon Sinek, The Infinite Game

“Cause Blindness is when we become so wrapped up in our Cause or so wrapped up in the “wrongness” of the other player’s Cause, that we fail to recognize their strengths or our weaknesses.”
― Simon Sinek, The Infinite Game

“The best way to drive performance in an organization is to create an environment in which information can flow freely, mistakes can be highlighted and help can be offered and received.”
― Simon Sinek, The Infinite Game

Simon Sinek Start With Why Quotes

“If the leader of the organization can’t clearly articulate WHY the organization exists in terms beyond its products or services, then how does he expect the employees to know WHY to come to work?”
― Simon Sinek, Start With Why

“Studies show that over 80 percent of Americans do not have their dream job. If more knew how to build organizations that inspire, we could live in a world in which that statistic was the reverse – a world in which over 80 percent of people loved their jobs. People who love going to work are more productive and more creative. They go home happier and have happier families. They treat their colleagues and clients and customers better. Inspired employees make for stronger companies and stronger economies.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“If they had started their sales pitch with WHY the product existed in the first place, the product itself would have become the proof of the higher cause—proof of WHY.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“Our need to belong is not rational, but it is a constant that exists across all people in all cultures.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“Average companies give their people something to work on. In contrast, the most innovative organizations give their people something to work toward.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“For great leaders, The Golden Circle is in balance. They are in pursuit of WHY, they hold themselves accountable to HOW they do it and WHAT they do serves as the tangible proof of what they believe.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“Charisma has nothing to do with energy; it comes from a clarity of WHY. It comes from absolute conviction in an ideal bigger than oneself. Energy, in contrast, comes from a good night’s sleep or lots of caffeine. Energy can excite. But only charisma can inspire. Charisma commands loyalty. Energy does not.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“The lack of a clear set of values and beliefs, along with the weak culture that resulted, created the conditions for an every-man-for-himself environment, the long-term impact of which could yield little else than disaster. This is caveman stuff.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“If the people aren’t looking out for the community, then the benefits of a community erode. Many companies have star employees and star salesmen and so on, but few have a culture that produces great people as a rule and not an exception.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

“Even with objective metrics in hand, the argument about which is better or which is worse without first establishing a common standard creates nothing more than debate.”
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why

Simon Sinek Leaders Eat Last Quotes

“If good people are asked to work in a bad culture, one in which leaders do not relinquish control, then the odds of something bad happening go up. People will be more concerned about following the rules out of fear of getting in trouble or losing their jobs than doing what needs to be done. And when that happens, souls will be lost.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“The ability of a group of people to do remarkable things hinges on how well those people pull together as a team.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“The leaders of great organizations do not see people as a commodity to be managed to help grow the money. They see the money as the commodity to be managed to help grow their people.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“It is not the demands of the job that cause the most stress, but the degree of control workers feel they have throughout their day. The studies also found that the effort required by a job is not in itself stressful, but rather the imbalance between the effort we give and the reward we feel. Put simply: less control, more stress.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“Instead, managers must become leaders in their own right, which means they must take responsibility for the care and protection of those in their charge, confident that their leaders will take care of them.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“Good leadership is like exercise. We do not see any improvement to our bodies with day-to-day comparisons.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“Trust is not formed through a screen, it is formed across a table. It takes a handshake to bind humans . . . and no technology yet can replace that. There is no such thing as virtual trust.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“All the perks, all the benefits and advantages you may get for the rank or position you hold, they aren’t meant for you. They are meant for the role you fill. And when you leave your role, which eventually you will, they will give the ceramic cup to the person who replaces you. Because you only ever deserved a Styrofoam cup.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“Leadership is not a license to do less; it is a responsibility to do more.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

“Leadership takes work. It takes time and energy. The effects are not always easily measured and they are not always immediate. Leadership is always a commitment to human beings.”
― Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

Did you learn something from these Simon Sinek leadership quotes?

Sinek’s popularity has grown since the publication of his Ted Talk in 2009 called “How great leaders inspire action” in which he argues that leaders in organizations must begin by asking two questions: Why are we here? And, Why should anyone follow us?

Simon Sinek is a great leader and advisor who can fuel your passion and inspire you to achieve your goals. If you are deciding to read his books, it could be a life-changing decision for you as you can learn so many great things.

We hope you get to learn so many good things from these Simon Sinek quotes on leadership, change, and teamwork that help you to pursue your vision with confidence.

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