Great leaders guide their businesses with a positive and engaging work culture. The most successful companies and organizations know that the key to their advancement is in the hands of their employees. Employees need to feel that they are serving a purpose bigger than just a company.

In order to get each employee to put their best foot forward, leaders must encourage their employees that their work is both important and valued. Scroll below to find quotes from the heads of major corporations who value their organization’s work culture extensively.

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We try to have the kind of a culture that doesn’t value excuses in the sense that when you’re supposed to accomplish something, and you’re at a high level, then your job is to accomplish it, in spite of difficulty. And you’re rewarded for dealing with that.

Phil LibinCo-Founder and former CEO of Evernote

We have a culture where we are incredibly self critical, we don’t get comfortable with our success.

Mark ParkerCEO of Nike

I look for two things when I hire a new employee: ambition and humility. Without a proven track record of initiative and ambition, it’s likely the person becomes a drain rather than a contributor to the company – even the really smart, talented ones

Justin McLeodFounder and CEO of Hinge

Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first.

Simon SinekAuthor of Start with Why

We believe that it’s really important to come up with core values that you can commit to. And by commit, we mean that you’re willing to hire and fire based on them. If you’re willing to do that, then you’re well on your way to building a company culture that is in line with the brand you want to build

Tony HsiehCEO of Zappos
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Corporate culture is the only sustainable competitive advantage that is completely within the control of the entrepreneur. Develop a strong corporate culture first and foremost.

David CummingsCo-founder of Pardot

Determine what behaviors and beliefs you value as a company, and have everyone live true to them. These behaviors and beliefs should be so essential to your core, that you don’t even think of it as culture.

Brittany ForsythVP of Human Relations of Shopify

An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.

Jack WelchFormer CEO of General Electric

A company can’t buy true emotional commitment from managers no matter how much it’s willing to spend; this is something too valuable to have a price tag. And yet a company can’t afford not to have it.

Stan SlapCEO of Slap Company

Talent is the multiplier. The more energy and attention you invest in it, the greater the yield.

Marcus BuckinghamAuthor of Go Put Your Strengths to Work and business consultant
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You have to be a place that’s more than a paycheck for people.

Rick FedericoCEO of P.F. Chang’s

If you are lucky enough to be someone’s employer, then you have a moral obligation to make sure people do look forward to coming to work in the morning

John MackeyCEO of Whole Foods Market

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

Henry FordFounder of Ford Motor Company

We believe in work+life, not work vs. life.

Dharmesh ShahCofounder of HubSpot

You can build a much more wonderful company on love than you can on fear

Kip TindellCEO of The Container Store
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If you want employees to feel appreciated, you need to celebrate their achievements regularly and publicly.

Logan GreenCo-Founder of Lyft

Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability

Anne M. MulcahyCEO of Xerox

Make sure everybody in the company has great opportunities, has a meaningful impact and is contributing to the good of society.

Larry PageCEO of Google

We believe in relentlessly refining our skills and knowledge, as a team and as individuals

Liz LiuHead of Culture of Scopely

Company Culture is the product of a company’s values, expectations and environment

Courtney ChapmanProduct Manager of the Rubicon Project
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