The Top 10 Quotes About Talent and Leadership

At SmartDreamers, we’re working hard every day to help businesses get faster, smarter, and better when it comes to recruitment marketing. Why? Because nothing ever gets accomplished without a team—and nothing great gets accomplished without an All-Star team. This philosophy doesn’t just apply to our products and customers, but to our own passionate, inspiring group of people. As SmartDreamers continues to grow and evolve, I’m thankful for the hard work and insight my colleagues provide on a daily basis, and I’m reminded that all of ongoing efforts to put together just the right group of people have been more valuable than we could possibly calculate.

With those thoughts in mind, here are my top 10 favorite quotes about assembling, and leading, a great team.


“It doesn't make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.”

Steve Jobs


"I hire people brighter than me and I get out of their way."

Lee Iacocca


"If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants."

David Ogilvy


"First-rate people hire first-rate people; second-rate people hire third-rate people."

Leo Rosten


"I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person."

Mark Zuckerberg


"The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it."

Theodore Roosevelt


“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.”

Harvey S. Firestone


“Recruitment IS marketing. If you’re a recruiter nowadays and you don’t see yourself as a marketer, you’re in the wrong profession.”

Matthew Jeffrey


“Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.”

Richard Branson


“There goes my people. I must follow them, for I am their leader.”

Mahatma Gandhi


“Recruiting should never be outsourced. Everyone at your company should be different in the same way.”

Peter Thiel


Reading these quotes again, it makes me glad to know that I’m not the only one who thinks that success comes from surrounding yourself with smart people and giving them the tools to innovate, experiment, and thrive. It’s the philosophy that drives our success here at SmartDreamers, and it’s the philosophy we use to drive the continued success of our customers.