110 Business Women Quotes To Unleash The Lady Boss In You

Looking for empowering quotes for strong business woman? We have rounded up the best collection of business women quotes, sayings, proverbs, messages, captions, (with images and pictures) by famous authors, writers, actors, and strongest women in history to inspire you bigtime.

The list of successful businesswoman ranking around the world is  groundbreaking year after year. The list includes some of smartest and toughest female business leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors making their way to the CEO’s of big MNC companies.

IBM appointed its first female CEO in Ginni Rometty. Sheryl Sandberg led Facebook through a much-anticipated IPO and Marissa Mayer jumped from a top Google exec to the CEO seat at Yahoo.

Indra Nooyi, CEO and chair of PepsiCo has earned a top-20 spot on the list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women since 2006. HPE’s Meg Whitman and Marissa Mayer the new CEO of Yahoo and many more dynamic females have build their empire of their own.

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This list of powerful quotes about female in business is by famous women entrepreneurs around the world, and also includes women leadership quotes, women success quotes and encouraging words for women to empower women to work on their dreams and be successful.

We have divided these motivational female bosses in business quotes in these sections;

  • Strong Quotes About Business Women
  • Women In Business Quotes
  • Motivational Business Women Quotes
  • Top Alpha Female Quotes

Don’t forget to check out our article on classy women quotes and women supporting women quotes which are encouraging success quotes for women.

Strong Quotes About Business Women

  1. “If you want success, be unique.” ― Natalie Massenet

  2. “You can have it all. Just not all at once.” ― Oprah Winfrey

  3. “Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless.” ― Unknown

  4. “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” ― Estee Lauder                                                                                                               

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    women in business quotes

  5. “Focus on what you have and it will be enough.” ― Kayla Goldstein

  6. “Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.” ― Maya Angelou

  7. “Stick to your true north― build greatness for the long term.” ― Ruth Porat

  8. “Be a woman in business not a woman in everyone’s business.” ― Unknown

  9. “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” ― Coco Chanel

  10. “Be the kind of woman that makes other women want to up their game.” ― Unknown                                                               

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  11. “Your highest self is waiting for you. You need to start showing up as her.” ― Unknown

  12. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” ― Florence Nightingale

  13. “A business woman needs a successful mix of design and practicality.” ― Donatella Versace                                               

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    business women quotes

  14. “You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive.” ― Sheryl Sandberg

  15. “I’ve spent my entire life relying on light bulb moments and jumping in full-force.” ― Emily Weiss

  16. “If you want to learn how to be an entrepreneur, don’t believe in the naysayers.” ― Lida Djarar Fischer

  17. “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” ― Peter Drucker

  18. “Lean in, speak out, have a voice in your organization, and never use the word, ‘sorry’.” ― Trish Bertuzzi

  19. “Do what you love and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career.” ― Meg Whitman

  20. “I’ve always believed that one woman’s success can only help another woman’s success.” ― Gloria Vanderbilt                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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    women in business quote

  21. “Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” ― Anne Sweeney

  22. “A confident woman, a woman who truly knows her worth and her power is a force to be reckoned with.” ― Mandy Hale

  23. “Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” ― Michelle Obama                                                                                                                                             

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    strong business woman quotes

  24. “Stay true to yourself and your vision. Don’t let any one person’s opinion move you; listen, but be confident.” ― Amanda Kahlow

  25. “A successful business woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her.” ― Unknown                                                                                                                                                                                     

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    women business quotes

  26. “Honor your calling. Everyone has one. Trust your heart, and success will come to you.” ― Oprah Winfrey, Motivational Speaker

  27. “The most successful entrepreneurs I know are optimistic. It’s part of the job description.” ― Caterina Fake, Female Entrepreneurs

  28. “Business women are changing. We build digital empires. We make money from our phones. We change the world with WIFI.” ― Unknown

  29. “Once upon a time you were a little girl with big dreams that you promised you’d make real one day. Don’t disappoint yourself.” ― Unknown

  30. “If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction.” ― Melinda Gates

  31. “We must develop a thick skin. With an unshakeable sense of self – and a commitment to being compassionate – nothing will faze you.” ― Mari Smith

  32. “And if the end result is that someone, somewhere winds up believing they can do something out of the ordinary, well, then you’ve really made it.” ― Angela Ahrendts

  33. “On my own way I will just create, and if it works, and if it doesn’t. I’ll create something else. I don’t have any limitations on what I think I could do or be.” ― Oprah Winfrey

  34. “At the end of the day, you are the only one that is limiting your ability to dream, or to actually execute on your dreams. Don’t let yourself get in the way of that.” ― Falon Fatemi

  35. “We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” ― Arianna Huffington

  36. “The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.” ― Serena Williams

  37. “I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” ― Marissa Mayer

Women In Business Quotes

Some encouraging words for women dedicated to all the girls around the world to show courage and show the strength to move on in the direction of their dreams.

These positive quotes will surely inspire you to cheer other women,  lift their spirits, and stand by each other empower girls to be strong. Don’t forget to check out our collection of Black Women Quotes to empower you.


  1. “Behind every successful woman there is herself.” — Unknown

  2. “If you don’t risk anything, you risk everything.” — Erica Jong

  3. “Don’t think of yourself as a woman in business.” — Carly Florina

  4. “If you think you can’t, you won’t. If you think you can, you will.” — Linda Ward

  5. “I don’t go by the rule book. I lead from the heart, not the head.” — Princess Diana                                                                                     

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    female business quotes

  6. “You have to do what you dream of doing, even while you’re afraid.” — Arianna Huffington

  7. “Many women live like it’s a dress rehearsal. Ladies, the curtain is up and you’re on.” — Mikki Taylor

  8. “To love what you do and feel like it matters, how could anything be more fun?” — Katherine Graham

  9. “Building a brand means knowing your story and building and sharing that story.” — Tamara McCleary                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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    boss business woman quotes

  10. “When women and girls are empowered to participate fully in society, everyone benefits.” — Melinda Gates

  11. “Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.” — Unknown

  12. “I think if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It’s called perseverance.” — Lee Iacocca

  13. “Don’t be swayed by overnight success stories. Most entrepreneurs make it after years of hard work.” — Lavina Rodriguez

  14. “I really believe that women entrepreneurs are able to face failure, manage failure and succeed after failing.” ― Unknown                                                                                                                                                                                     

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    business quotes by women

  15. “When I thought I couldn’t go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence not luck.” — Estee Lauder

  16. “Don’t waste a single second. Just move forward as fast as you can, and go for it.” — Rebecca Woodcock, Co-founder and CEO, Cake Health

  17. “The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.” ― Barbara Corcoran

  18. “Shifting my mindset from a scarcity mentality to an abundance mentality opened up so many opportunities and experiences.” ― Tracy Komlos

  19. “What I always say is, ‘Do every job you’re in like you’re going to do it for the rest of your life, and demonstrate that ownership of it.’” ― Mary Barra

  20. “Dear optimist, pessimist, and realist – while you guys were busy arguing about the glass of wine, I drank it! Sincerely, opportunist!” ― Lori Greiner

  21. “If this is something that you really want to do, if you believe in it…simply keep forging forward because success will come.” — Cassandra Sanford

  22. “I’ve never thought of myself as a female engineer, or founder, or a woman in tech. I just think of myself as someone who’s passionate.” ― Leah Busque

  23. “Really take the time to focus on finding your voice and making sure that whatever you’re creating is of high quality and is useful for people in their everyday lives.” ― Brit Morin

  24. “Motivational tools for women entrepreneurs: Don’t take yourself too seriously. Unfollow who makes you feel bad about yourself. Have a simple morning routine. Take days off to recharge.” ― Unknown

  25. “Everyone will want to be your advisor. Test them first to make sure they can be there for you when you have problems. Make sure they will tell you the truth and that they have the time to help make you successful.” ― Renee Fry

  26. “Women should do for themselves what men have already done – occasionally what men have not done – thereby establishing themselves as persons, and perhaps encouraging other women toward greater independence of thought and action.” ― Amelia Earhart

  27. “It is pure mythology that women cannot perform as well as men in science, engineering and mathematics. In my experience, the opposite is true: Women are often more adept and patient at untangling complex problems, multitasking, seeing the possibilities in new solutions and winning team support for collaborative action.” ― Weili Dai

Motivational Business Women Quotes

Strong ladies have to make their way to success after they cross judgements of society, hard work, and really hustle to be successful. They don’t get it easy, but they are game changers. They are fearless, determined, strong, and real. Though she may be tagged as bossy, annoying, rude, but she believes in herself and is a go getter.

Also See: Strong Woman Quotes

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These positive quotes for women in business are encouraging and motivational and will help you be empowered and keep hustling for what you want.

  1. “You are the CEO of your life.” ― Unknown

  2. “Act like a lady, think like a boss.” ― Unknown                                                                                                                     

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  3. “Growth and comfort do not coexist.” ― Ginni Rometty

  4. Hustle until your haters ask if you are hiring.” — Unknown                                                                                                                     

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    famous business women quotes

  5. “Don’t let perfection be the enemy of progress.” — Sandra Makarem

  6. “If you never know failure, you will never know success.” ― Unknown

  7. “Set your goals high and don’t stop till you get there.” ― Sandra Yancey                                                                                                               

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  8. “Don’t ever let somebody tell you that you can’t do something.” ― Unknown

  9. “I’m too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener.” ― Unknown

  10. “Your value will be not what you know; it will be what you share.” ― Ginni Rometty

  11. “Be an amateur. Not everything you do has to be good, especially at first.” ― Ann Handley

  12. “Dream big, work hard, stay focused, and surround yourself with good people.” ― Unknown

  13. “Beauty isn’t about looking perfect. It’s about celebrating your individuality.” ― Bobbi Brown

  14. “I want little girls to grow up knowing they can do anything, even play football.” ― Jen Welter

  15. “My biggest challenge every day is to be a great mother and a great businesswoman.” ― Tory Burch                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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    quotes about women in business

  16. “There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.” ― Kofi Annan

  17. “I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego.” ― Ellen DeGeneres

  18. “I always did something I was a little not ready to do, I think that’s how you grow.” ― Marissa Mayer

  19. “A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everybody else.” ― Unknown

  20. “If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.” ― Michele Ruiz

  21. “If we can learn to deal with our discomfort and just relax into it we’ll have a better life.” ― Mellody Hobson

  22. “Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility.” ― Michelle Obama

  23. “I like to say it’s an attitude of not just thinking outside the box, but not even seeing the box.” ― Safra A. Catz

  24. “Fundraising and grants aren’t enough. If investors don’t see a marketing plan, they won’t fund you.” ― Amber Henrie

  25. “We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.” ― Sheryl Sandberg

  26. “Cheers to all the hard working women. Keep working toward your dreams and always stay amazing.” ― Unknown

  27. “Taking initiative pays off. It is hard to visualize someone as a leader if she is always waiting to be told what to do.” ― Sheryl Sandberg

  28. “Trying to do it all and expecting it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy.” ― Sheryl Sandberg

  29. “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in our absence.” ― Sheryl Sandberg

  30. “Say yes to synchronicity – a very important tool that has assisted me in reaching many business goals and objectives.” ― Debra K. Adams

  31. “Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming after all, is a form of planning.” ― Gloria Steinem

  32. “I got lucky because I never gave up the search. Are you quitting too soon? Or are you willing to pursue luck with a vengeance too?” ― Jill Konrath

  33. “No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” ― Michelle Obama

  34. “I realized that I don’t have to be perfect. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect and beautiful journey of life.” ― Kerry Washington

  35. “I realized that if I was willing to step up and be in the spotlight, I’d be able to make everyone else around me much more powerful as well.” ― Alaina Percival

  36. “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.” ― Sara Blakely

  37. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens: but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” ― Helen Keller

  38. “I just love bossy women. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means someone’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.” ― Amy Poehler

  39. “Listen to what your environment is telling you and let discouraging events push you toward more positive ones. Adjust your perspective and uncover the silver lining!” ― Charlene Walters

  40. “If you’re not [learning], you’re falling behind. Somebody else is getting better as you’re becoming less valuable. I see so many irrelevant salespeople I want to cry. They stopped learning.” ― Jill Konrath

  41. “Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

  42. “One of the best things you can do is stop and listen; that’s why it’s good to not just immediately respond when someone talks to you. Just stop and make sure you internalized what they said.” — Lori Richardson

  43. “I’ve always been a bit of an introvert, but just because you don’t fit the classic mold doesn’t mean you can’t be a leader. You just need to find your own style and someone with a similar style who you can learn from.” ― Jess Lee

  44. “I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.” ― Michelle Obama

  45. “The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  46. “There is nothing like a concrete life plan to weigh you down. Because if you always have one eye on some future goal, you stop paying attention to the job at hand, miss opportunities that might arise, and stay fixedly on one path, even when a better, newer course might have opened up.” ― Indra Nooyi


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