As we continue to live in uncertain times, it can be easy to fall into despair—especially if you’re part of a management team. Everyone is looking up to you for what to do and how to handle situations while working in an entirely different environment, and you won’t always have an answer. In moments like these, it’s helpful to find something that inspires us to keep pushing forward no matter the crisis at hand, because that’s what a good leader does. Some go to Pinterest for this, some decide to meditate, and some look at quotes to keep them going. Here are a few crisis management and leadership quotes to help you keep striving for excellence.


  1.  “Any deep crisis is an opportunity to make your life extraordinary in some way.” — Martha Beck
  2. “In crisis management, be quick with the facts and slow with the blame.” — Leonard Saffir
  3. “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” — Abraham Lincoln
  4. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in the moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
  5. “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  6. “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” — George Washington
  7. “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” — Friedrich Nietzsche
  8. “Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.” — Bob Feller
  9. “The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better.” — Tony Dungy
  10. “Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” — Colin Powell
  11. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” — Charles Darwin