Celebrating WED: 20 Leadership Quotes From First-Class Entrepreneurs

  • Anna Stella
  • August 17, 2022
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BBSA 20 Leadership Quotes

Celebrating WED: 20 Leadership Quotes From First-Class Entrepreneurs

World Entrepreneurs Day is here. Today we celebrate the achievement and influence of women and men flying solo in global business and who, through their talent, make the world go round. 

World Entrepreneurs Day is a celebration, of course. But is also a showcase of the driving force of leadership and power. Every successful business has a face behind it that meets each obstacle without flinching and stands firm, with an unwavering drive to turn a vision into reality.

We put the list of leadership quotes we love from 20 of the most extraordinary female entrepreneurs. From horizon to horizon, in every corporate setting and civic engagement, each of these phenomenal women has contributed to their communities and structured society as a whole.

1. Diane Hendricks – Founder of ABC Supply
“You don’t have to change your goal. Change your path, be willing to, and don’t see that as a failure. That’s just life.”

2. Tory Burch – Founder of Tory Burch
“Remember: if the most unique ideas were obvious to everyone, there wouldn’t be entrepreneurs. The one thing that every entrepreneurial journey has in common is that there are many, many steps on the road to success.”

3. Adi Tatarko – Founder of Houzz.com
“It’s going to be hard, but because you’ve picked something you’re passionate about, you’re going to enjoy the journey.”

4. Whitney Wolfe Herd – Founder of Bumble
“Nobody will ever be an entrepreneur for the sake of being one. No successful entrepreneur ever woke up and was like, ‘I want to be an entrepreneur….’ Almost every successful entrepreneur woke up and experienced or identified a problem they passionately and vigorously wanted to solve.”

5. Julia Hartz – Founder of Eventbrite
“I think entrepreneurship is combining a passion with the tenacity to problem-solve and the fearlessness to fail.”

6. Barbara Corcoran – Founder of the Corcoran Group
“You can’t study to be an entrepreneur. Sometimes, you just have to jump.”

7. Melanie Perkins – Founder of Canva
“Solve customer problems and make sure that the customer is representative of a large market, and then you will have a pretty good formula.”

8. Anne Wojcicki – Founder of 23andMe
“If you want to change this world, this community that we all live in, then get up and do it. And just start something.”

9. Cristina Junqueira – Founder of NuBank
“Pick a problem that hurts enough for enough people and go solve it – execution is much more important than the perfect idea.”

10. Sallie Krawcheck – Founder of Ellevest
“Networking is the No.1 unwritten rule of success in business.”

11. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw – Founder of BioCon
“I did learn that business was about being emotionally driven about investing, but being emotionally detached when it came to divesting, and that’s a very strong learning.”

12. Katrina Lake – Founder of Stitch Fix
“Every time I felt a little bit of doubt, all  I had to do was talk to our customers, and that inherently gave me so much convention along the way.”

13. Tina Sharkey – Founder of Brandless
“Follow your passion. Magic has no formula.”

14. Estee Lauder – Founder of Estee Lauder
“I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it, and
I sell it hard.”

15. Robin Chase – Founder of ZipCar
“I have never been motivated by money.”

16. Anita Roddick – Founder of The Body Shop
“Whatever you do, be different.
If you’re different, you will stand out.” 

17. Leah Busque – Founder of TaskRabbit
“I wake up every morning and think to myself, ‘How far can I push the company forward in the next 24 hours.”

18. Alexandra Chong – Founder of Lulu
“Build something you’re passionate about. As an entrepreneur, you have to have
the passion and drive to stay the course.”

19. Sara Blakely – Founder of Spanx
“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and
ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.”

20. Coco Chanel – Founder of Chanel
“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”



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