Peter F. Drucker  Quotes


"Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly,
or it vanishes.” 

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” 

“The best way to predict your future
is to create it.” 

“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.” 

“The most important thing
in communication is to hear
what isn't being said.” 

“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.” 

“No one learns as much about a subject as one who is forced to teach it.”

“Whenever you see a successful
business, someone once
made a courageous decision.” 

“Efficiency is doing the thing right. Effectiveness is doing the right thing.” 

“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.” 

“There is nothing quite so useless, as doing with great efficiency, something that should not be done at all.” 


“Business has only two functions — marketing and innovation.” 

“What's measured improves.” 

“Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.” 

“Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not 'making friends and influencing people', that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” 

“Your first and foremost job as a leader is to take charge of your own energy and then help to orchestrate the energy
of those around you.” 

“The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers.
The true dangerous thing is
asking the wrong question.” 

“People in any organization are always attached to the obsolete - the things that should have worked but did not, the things that once were productive

and no longer are.” 

“Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.” 

“So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for

people to work.” 


“Strategy is a commodity,

Execution is an art.” 


“When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course. ”