More than just being a soldier, General Dwight David Eisenhower was a leader of men.
Over forty years since his death, Eisenhower is still widely regarded as one of the greatest leaders of the past century. The Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II, Eisenhower was responsible for helping guide the devastating war to a close. Later, he continued to lead his country by serving two terms as president of the United States.
What makes a good leader? How can you motivate others to follow (and support) you during tumultuous times?
I’ll let the General speak for himself:
“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”
“It is better to have one person working with you than three people working for you.”
“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
“I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone.”
“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”
“Pull the string and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.”
“You don’t lead by hitting people over the head-that’s assault, not leadership.”
“When you are planning for an emergency, you must start with this one thing—the very definition of an emergency is that it is unexpected.”
“The qualities of a great man are vision, integrity, courage, understanding, the power of articulation, and profundity of character.”
“A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.”
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