50 Adam Grant Quotes (Author Of Hidden Potential)

Adam Grant is an American organizational psychologist, professor, and author. He gained widespread acclamation with the release of his best-selling books, including Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know, Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things, and Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, with Sheryl Sandberg. Check out these famous Adam Grant quotes that offer valuable insights into effective leadership, teamwork, and innovation.

Born on August 13, 1981, Grant is a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania famous for his groundbreaking work on motivation, generosity, and success.

His engaging teaching style and innovative research have made him one of the leading voices in the field of organizational psychology.

Through his writings and TED talks, Grant has inspired millions to rethink their approach to work, culture, and relationships.

As a prominent management thinker, he continues to influence leaders and organizations, offering them strategies for personal and professional growth.

Grant has received many awards including the American Psychological Association’s highest award for science and the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award. He was the first psychologist ever to receive the Carnegie Foundation’s Academic Leadership Award.

Here are the best Adam Grant quotes on originality, productivity and creativity to inspire you to unleash your hidden potential.

Top 10 Adam Grant Quotes

  1. “Argue like you’re right and listen like you’re wrong.” — Adam Grant   

    Adam Grant Quotes
    Adam Grant Quotes    
  2. “The most meaningful way to succeed is to help others succeed.” — Adam Grant       

    Inspirational Quotes By Adam Grant
    Inspirational Quotes By Adam Grant
  3. “The most effective leaders score high in both confidence and humility.” — Adam Grant           

    Adam Grant Leadership Quotes
    Adam Grant Leadership Quotes
  4. “If knowledge is power. Knowing what we don’t know is wisdom.” — Adam Grant, Think Again              

    Adam Grant Think Again Quotes
    Adam Grant Think Again Quotes
  5. “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” — Adam Grant           

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    Adam Grant Quote
  6. “Impostor syndrome is not a clue that you’re unqualified. It’s a sign of hidden potential.” — Adam Grant        

    Best Adam Grant Quotes
    Best Adam Grant Quotes
  7. “The purpose of learning isn’t to affirm our beliefs; it’s to evolve our beliefs.” — Adam Grant, Think Again 

    Famous Quotes From Adam Grant
    Famous Quotes From Adam Grant
  8. “Highly successful people have three things in common: motivation, ability, and opportunity.” — Adam Grant
  9. “Knowledge is best sought from experts, but creativity and wisdom can come from anywhere.” — Adam Grant
  10. Focus attention and energy on making a difference in the lives of others, and success might follow as a by-product.” — Adam Grant

Famous Quotes by Adam Grant

  1. “Uncertainty primes us to ask questions and absorb new ideas.” — Adam Grant
  2. “True kindness isn’t motivated by how others will react. It’s an expression of who you are.” — Adam Grant
  3. “I think of productivity as using your time to accomplish things of value to you and others.” — Adam Grant
  4. “If you don’t hire originals, you run the risk of people disagreeing but not voicing their dissent.” — Adam Grant
  5. “Focusing on results might be good for short-term performance, but it can be an obstacle to long-term learning.” — Adam Grant
  6. “To get real diversity of thought, you need to find the people who genuinely hold different views and invite them into the conversation.” — Adam Grant
  7. “A hallmark of wisdom is knowing when it’s time to abandon some of your most treasured tools — and some of the most cherished parts of your identity.” — Adam Grant
  8. “It’s ironic that when you go through a tragedy, you appreciate more. You realize how fragile life is and that there are so many things to still be thankful for.” — Adam Grant
  9. “Conviction in our ideas is dangerous not only because it leaves us vulnerable to false positives, but also because it stops us from generating the requisite variety to reach our creative potential.” — Adam Grant

Inspirational Adam Grant Quotes for Leaders

  1. “A critical skill for responsible leaders is to say ‘I might be wrong’ – and mean it.” — Adam Grant
  2. “And they act in the face of risk, because their fear of not succeeding exceeds their fear of failing.” — Adam Grant
  3. “A good debate is not a war. It’s not even a tug-of-war… it’s more like a dance that hasn’t been choreographed.” — Adam Grant
  4. “Strong leaders engage their critics and make themselves stronger. Weak leaders silence their critics and make themselves weaker.” — Adam Grant
  5. “The more I help out, the more successful I become. But I measure success in what it has done for the people around me. That is the real accolade.” — Adam Grant
  6. “To generate creative ideas, it’s important to start from an unusual place. But to explain those ideas, they have to be connected to something familiar.” — Adam Grant
  7. “What distinguishes the greatest leaders of our time, it’s that success is very rarely a goal for them; it’s a byproduct of other goals that they have.” — Adam Grant
  8. “Rather than looking outward in an attempt to predict the outcome, you turn inward to your identity. You base the decision on who you are – or who you want to be.” — Adam Grant
  9. “Thinking again can help you generate new solutions to old problems and revisit old solutions to new problems. It’s a path to learning more from the people around you and living with fewer regrets.” — Adam Grant
  10. “Originality is taking the road less traveled. Championing a set of novel ideas that go against the grain but, ultimately, make things better. […] But it doesn’t stop there: Originals are people who take the initiative to make their visions a reality.” — Adam Grant

Best Adam Grant Quotes

  1. “Practice makes perfect, but it doesn’t make new.” — Adam Grant
  2. “Creativity may be hard to nurture, but it’s easy to thwart.” — Adam Grant
  3. “Having a sense of security in one realm gives us the freedom to be original in another.” — Adam Grant
  4. “Changing your mind doesn’t make you a flip-flopper or a hypocrite. It means you were open to learning.” — Adam Grant
  5. “No-one wants to hear everything that’s in your head. They just want you to live up to what comes out of your mouth.” — Adam Grant
  6. Originality brings more bumps in the road, yet it leaves us with more happiness and a greater sense of meaning.” — Adam Grant
  7. “Dissenting opinions are useful even when they’re wrong. So instead of speaking to highly agreeable audiences, target suggestions to people with a history of originality.” — Adam Grant
  8. “This is a time when managers need to be flexible and compassionate, and to give people the freedom to make choices about when they work, how they work, where they work and with whom they work.” — Adam Grant
  9. “If we create networks with the sole intention of getting something, we won’t succeed. We can’t pursue the benefits of networks; the benefits ensue from investments in meaningful activities and relationships.” — Adam Grant
  10. “Thinking like a scientist involves more than just reacting with an open mind. It means being actively open-minded. It requires searching for reasons why we might be wrong-not for reasons why we must be right-and revising our views based on what we learn.” — Adam Grant, Think Again

Adam Grant Quotes And Sayings

  1. “Original thinkers doubt the default.” — Adam Grant
  2. Passions are developed, not just discovered.” — Adam Grant
  3. “Good teachers introduce new thoughts, but great teachers introduce new ways of thinking.” — Adam Grant
  4. “The point of reviewing your mistake isn’t to shame your past self. It’s to educate your future self.” — Adam Grant
  5. “If we want a better original idea, we must generate our own before we screen others’ suggestions.” — Adam Grant
  6. “If we communicate the vision behind our ideas, the purpose guiding our products, people will flock to us.” — Adam Grant
  7. “For startups, there’s so much pivoting that’s required that if you have a bunch of sheep, you’re in bad shape.” — Adam Grant
  8. “Whereas success is zero-sum in a group of takers, in groups of givers, it may be true that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” — Adam Grant
  9. “Every time we interact with another person at work, we have a choice to make: do we try to claim as much value as we can, or contribute value without worrying about what we receive in return?” — Adam Grant
  10. “If two people always agree, it’s a sign that at least one of them isn’t thinking critically – or speaking candidly. Differences of opinion don’t have to be threats. They can be opportunities to learn. Intellectual friction isn’t a relationship bug. It’s a feature of education.” — Adam Grant

Fun Facts About Adam Grant

Born: Adam M. Grant, August 13, 1981 (age 42) West Bloomfield, Michigan, U.S.

Occupation: Psychologist, professor, & author

Nationality: American

Education: University of Michigan (Bachelor’s degree) & University of Maryland (Master’s degree)

Genre: Organizational psychology, management, & workplace dynamics

Honors & Awards: Listed by Fortune as one of the world’s top forty business professors. Named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2015. One of the world’s top 10 most influential management thinkers by the Thinkers50 Awards in 2013, 2017, and 2023. The Academy of Management’s most prestigious scholarly prize. The Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award.

Spouse: Allison Grant

Website: https://www.adamgrant.net/


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