Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Quotes: Leadership (01)

The idea in bold-face print is a summary of the quote. The number after the topic is the page on which the quote was found.

Leadership 1318 The effects of responsibility for government. "You must understand that the father of Theseus, though not very old in years, was almost worn out with the cares of government and had thus grown aged before his time." “The Minotaur” Hawthorne, Tanglewood Tales.

Leadership 1325 RHIP. Royalty has its privileges. "You are a royal prince and have a right to hold yourself above the destinies of common men." “The Minotaur” Hawthorne, Tanglewood Tales.

Leadership 1399 One trait of leadership? Ulysses: "For my part, I am answerable for the fate of these poor mariners, who have stood by my side in battle, and been so often drenched to the skin, along with me, by the same tempestuous surges; I will either bring them back with me or perish." “Circe’s Palace” Hawthorne, Tanglewood Tales

Leadership 1440 What are kings for? "And, Jason, unless you will help an old woman at her need, you ought not to be a king; what are kings for, save to succor the feeble and distressed?" “The Golden Fleece” Hawthorne, Tanglewood Tales

Leadership 1444 A scandal of sandals. …many years before, King Pelias had been told by the Speaking Oak of Dodona, that a man with one sandal should cast him down from his throne…had given strict orders that nobody should ever come into his presence, unless both sandals were securely tied upon his feet; and he kept an officer in his palace, whose sole business it was to examine people’s sandals and to supply them with a new pair, at the expense of the royal treasury, as soon as the old ones began to wear out. Hawthorne: “The Golden Fleece” Hawthorne, Tanglewood Tales

Leadership 26 Responsibility. JFK to McNamara: "I’m grateful to you for your willingness to assume part of the responsibility [for the Bay of Pigs invasion]; but I am president; I did not have to do what all of you recommended; I did it; I’m responsible, and I will not try to put part of the blame on you or Eisenhower, or anyone else." McNamara’s In Retrospect

Leadership 159 Advice and leadership. "Faced with such sharply conflicting advice, the president…." McNamara’s In Retrospect

Leadership 173 Candor and the people. "…Johnson’s continued lack of candor steadily diminished popular faith in his credibility and leadership." McNamara’s In Retrospect

Leadership 191 Choices. "…we groped for the least bad road to follow." McNamara’s In Retrospect

Leadership 206 Educating the people. "…time still existed for Johnson to educate the public about the problems he faced and the actions he proposed and to gain their support." McNamara’s In Retrospect

Leadership 243 The need to question those in leadership positions. "Although deeply divided, the military never fully debated their differences in strategic approach, or discussed them with me in any detail…should have forced them to do both." McNamara’s In Retrospect

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