130 Quotes About Business Communication

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This authoritative list contains 130 communication related quotes about leading, working together, listening, speaking, building trust, and more.

Whether you’re looking to enhance your leadership skills, build stronger teams, or simply communicate more effectively, the insights presented here will guide and inspire you to refine your communication strategies for better outcomes.

Communication in Leadership

“Communication is the most important skill any leader can possess.” – Richard Branson

“Communication is the only task you cannot delegate.” – Roberto Críspulo Goizueta

“Developing excellent communication skills is absolutely essential to effective leadership. The leader must be able to share knowledge and ideas to transmit a sense of urgency and enthusiasm to others. If a leader can’t get a message across clearly and motivate others to act on it, then having a message doesn’t even matter.” – Gilbert Amelio

“Communicate downward to subordinates with at least the same care and attention as you communicate upward to superiors.” – L. B. Belker

“Communication is the real work of leadership.”– Nitin Nohria

“Communicate everything you can to your associates. The more they know, the more they’ll care. Once they care, there’s no stopping them.” – Sam Walton

“Communication can’t always follow the top-down model. With the fluidity of information in business today, leaders need to be masterful listeners; they need to be able to receive as well as send.” – Joseph L. Badaracco

“The greatest gift you can give your team: clarity, communication, and pulling people together around a shared mission.” – Anne Sweeny

“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” – James Humes

“Great leaders communicate and great communicators lead.”– Simon Sinek

“It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” – Harry Truman

“I’m not the smartest fellow in the world, but I sure can pick smart colleagues.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Communicate in a respectful manner – don’t just tell your team members what you want, but explain to them why.” – Jeffrey Morales

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes.” – Margaret Wheatley

“A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.” – Madonna

“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” – James Humes

“What is the shortest word in the English language that contains the letters: abcdef? Answer: feedback. Don’t forget that feedback is one of the essential elements of good communication.”  – Anonymous

“Communicate, communicate, communicate. It’s about the people and it’s about relationships. We cannot forget that.”  – Joel Allison

“All communication must lead to change.” ― Aristotle

“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” – Dolly Parton

Business Strategy and Communication

“Building a strong team around you and being able to really communicate well with them is part of what’s going to bring you a higher level of success.” ― Meghan Markle

“Effective communication helps to keep the team working on the right projects with the right attitude.” – Alex Langer

“High-performance teams create cultures of caring, connection, commitment, collaboration, and clear constant communication.” – Tony Dovale

“Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and rare.” – Patrick Lencioni

“As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”– Amy Poehler

“Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you to reach the heights of your capabilities or make the money that you want without becoming very good at it.” – Brian Tracy

“Effective communication is the best way to solve problems.”– Bradford Winters

“Effectively, change is almost impossible without industry-wide collaboration, cooperation and consensus.” – Simon Mainwaring

Working Together

“The fun for me in collaboration is, one, working with other people just makes you smarter; that’s proven.”– Lin-Manuel Miranda

“Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication.”  – Mike Krzyzewski

“Open, frank communication is the linchpin to teamwork.” – Patrick Lencioni

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” – Henry Ford

“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.”– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro

“Alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African proverb

“I’ve never scored a goal in my life without getting a pass from someone else.” – Abby Wambach

“No one can whistle a symphony, It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” – Halford E. Luccock

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth

“Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs

“No matter how brilliant your mind… if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” – Reid Hoffman

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” – Phil Jackson

“None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.” – Mother Teresa

“Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results.” – Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” – Michael Jordan

“A group is a bunch of people in an elevator. A team is a bunch of people in an elevator, but the elevator is broken.” – Unknown

“Society in its full sense … is never an entity separable from the individuals who compose it. No individual can arrive even at the threshold of his potentialities without a culture in which he participates” – Ruth Benedict

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford

“Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.” – Unknown

“Team spirit is knowing and living the belief that what a group of people can accomplish together is much larger, far greater, and will exceed that which an individual can accomplish alone.” – Unknown

“None of us is as smart as all of us.” – Ken Blanchard

“Invariably, collaboration leads to new forms of self-expression and to the things that move you.”– Rodney Crowell

Effective Listening

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Seek first to understand. Then to be understood.” – Stephen Covey

“If you look closely at your relationships, you will see that the effectiveness of your relationships is determined by how well you communicate. How well you communicate with others is determined, by and large, by how well you listen.” – Amir Fathizadeh

“There is only one rule for being a good talker – learn to listen.” – Christopher Morley

“I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.” – Larry King

“It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all.” – Democritus

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill

“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” – Epictetus

“The art of communication isn’t what you say. It’s about what you hear.” – Erwin McManus

“Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words.” – Roy T. Bennett

“Deep listening is miraculous for both the listener and speaker. When someone receives us with open-hearted, non-judgmental, intensely interested listening, our spirits expand” – Sue Patton Thoele

“We never listen when we are eager to speak.” – Francois de la Rochefoucauld

“Communication sometimes is not what you first hear, listen not just to the words, but listen for the reason.” – Catherine Pulsifer

“Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.” – Jim Rohn

“It’s important to make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.” – Barack Obama

“Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.” – Bernard Baruch

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” – Stephen Covey

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.” – Peter Drucker

“We are stronger when we listen, and smarter when we share.” – Queen Rania of Jordan

“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.” – Doug Larson

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” – Plato

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t being said. The art of reading between the lines is a lifelong quest of the wise.”– Shannon L. Alder

“Effective communication is 20 percent what you know and 80 percent how you feel about what you know.” – Jim Rohn

“Every act of communication is a miracle of translation.” – Ken Liu

Effective Speaking

“Communicate unto the other person that which you would want him to communicate unto you if your positions were reversed.” – Aaron Goldman

“The best speakers in the world are the best storytellers. They have a gift to not only tell a great story, but also share a lot of the details that many others wouldn’t.” – Larry Hagner

“If you have nothing to say, say nothing.” – Mark Twain

“Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating.” – Charlie Kaufman

“A lot of problems in the world would be solved if we talked to each other instead of about each other.” – Nickey Gumbel

“Eighty-five percent of people report being nervous about speaking in public, and I believe the other 15 percent are lying.” –  Matt Abrahams

“Say a little and say it well.” – Irish proverb

“Talk low, talk slow, and don’t say too much” – John Wayne

“It’s important to make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.” – Barack Obama

“Great communication begins with connection.” – Oprah Winfrey

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

“I motivate players through communication, being honest with them, having them respect and appreciate your ability and your help.” – Tommy Lasorda

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” – Ida B. Wells

“The two words information and communication are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.”  – Sydney J. Harris

“Make sure to communicate your idea quickly and keep it straight to the point.” –  Paul Bailey

“How well we communicate is not determined by how well we say things but how well we are understood.” – Andrew Grove

“Conversation is king. Content is just something to talk about.” – Cory Doctorow

Building Trust

“If you don’t give people information, they make up something to fill the void.” – Carla O’Dell

“Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.” – Patrick Lencioni

“Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.” – Rollo Reece May

“You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.” – Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker

“We can love what we are, without hating what and who we are not. We can thrive in our own tradition, even as we learn from others, and come to respect their teachings” – Kofi Annan

“When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.” – Stephen Covey

“In teamwork, silence isn’t golden, it’s deadly.”– Mark Sanborn

“Do not sugarcoat the truth. Trust and responsiveness are essential for communicating with other executives as well as with your own team. Developing trust and building rapport may take some time, but once in place, executives recognize you as a valued partner.” – Manny Rodriguez

“Excellent communication doesn’t just happen naturally. It is a product of process, skill, climate, relationship and hard work.” – Pat McMillan

“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” – Henry Winkler

“I think for any relationship to be successful, there needs to be loving communication, appreciation and understanding.” – Miranda Kerr

Nonverbal Communication

“When the eyes say one thing, and the tongue another, a practiced man relies on the language of the first.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Don’t underestimate the power of the nonverbal. You’d be amazed how many people come in for interviews with poor posture, weak handshakes, and blank stares.” ― Nicole Williams

“People’s emotions are rarely put into words, far more often they are expressed through other cues. The key to intuiting another’s feelings is in the ability to read nonverbal channels, tone of voice, gesture, facial expression and the like.” ― Daniel Goleman

“Nonverbal communication is an elaborate secret code that is written nowhere, known by none, and understood by all.” ― Edward Sapir

The Importance of Communication

“Your ability to communicate is an important tool in your pursuit of your goals, whether it is with your family, your co-workers, or your clients and customers.”  – Les Brown

“Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.” – Paul Meyer

“Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively.” – Gerald Ford

“Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.” – Walt Disney

“If you just communicate, you can get by. But if you communicate skillfully, you can work miracles.” – Jim Rohn

“Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Speech is our primary means of communication. If it’s important, we tell people about it.” – Unknown

“Of all the life skills available to us, communication is perhaps the most empowering.” – Bret Morrison

“Communication is the solvent of all problems and is the foundation for personal development.” – Peter Shepherd

“No matter what job you have in life, your success will be determined 5% by your academic credentials, 15% by your professional experiences and 80% by your communication skills.” – Unknown

“It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin

Failure to Communicate

“Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn’t listening.” – Emma Thompson

“The void created by the failure to communicate is soon filled with poison, drivel, and misrepresentation.” – C. Northcote Parkinson

“Although we live in an information technology age, we often find ourselves in failure to communicate situations.”  – Johnny Tan

“The great enemy of communication, we find, is the illusion of it.” – William H. Whyte

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Two monologues do not make a dialogue.” – Jeff Daly

“The kinds of errors that cause plane crashes are invariably errors of teamwork and communication.” ― Malcolm Gladwell

“Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.” – Robert Frost

Learning Be a Better Communicator

“Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.” – Brian Tracy

“Communication works for those who work at it.” – John Powell

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou


Effective communication can significantly elevate your professional interactions, business strategies, and organizational success. As you continue to develop your communication skills, remember that being an effective communicator is not just about speaking well. It’s also about listening, understanding, and connecting with others to achieve shared goals.

I'm Allison Dunn,

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