“Leadership is the courage to admit mistakes, the vision to welcome change, the enthusiasm to motivate others, and the conﬁdence to stay out of step when everyone else is marching to the wrong tune.” E.M. Estes (1916-1988) Elliot Marantette “Pete” Estes was an American automotive engineer and executive; he is best known as the fifteenth… Read More
“Are you a good leader? Are you worthy to lead men? Have you considered what war may require of you? Have you confidence in your men? Have your men faith in you?‐‐are some of the questions you must ask yourselves, and until you can answer them in the affirmative you cannot claim to be a… Read More
“Leadership presupposes two things:‐‐ A leader, and men capable of being led. A stag cannot lead an army of lions; a lion cannot persuade an army of stags to follow. What then is required? A lion leading lions. In other words, the qualities of leader and led are very similar.The chief of these qualities are:‐‐(1)… Read More
“It was indeed seldom that [Southern] officers were guilty of cowardice upon the field of battle; but they were often in the wrong place, fighting as common soldiers, when they should have been directing others.” General Stonewall Jackson (1924 to 1863) Stonewall Jackson, byname of Thomas Jonathan Jackson, was a Confederate general in the American… Read More
“How can the ability to lead depend on the ability to follow? You might as well say that the ability to float depends on the ability to sink.” Peter, L.J. & Hull, R. (1969) The Peter Principle.
“Prestige is the basis of discipline, ‘for we shall not lead our men by force or by fear, but solely by the prestige which we hold.’” Captain J.F.C. Fuller (1878 to 1966), from ‘L’Ame du Soldat,’ quoted in Captain J.F.C. Fuller, Training Soldiers for War, 1914 Major General John Frederick Charles ‘Boney’ Fuller, CB, CBE,… Read More
“Hereafter, if you should observe an occasion to give your officers and friends a little more praise than is their due, and confess more fault than you can justly be charged with, you will only become the sooner for it, a great captain. Criticizing and censuring almost everyone you have to do with, will diminish… Read More