Stormin’ Norman

I don’t know much about Norman Schwarzkopf, but his death has triggered memories of some of his famous quotations (or soundbites). Here are a few that were posted at Leading Blog. As a collection, they provide a good summary of authentic leadership and living.

On Leadership Development 
You learn far more from negative leadership than from positive leadership. Because you learn how not to do it. And, therefore, you learn how to do it. 

On Character 
Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. 

On Leadership 
Do what is right, not what you think the high headquarters wants or what you think will make you look good. 

On Courage 
True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow, that’s what courage is. 

On Knowing Doing 
The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. 

On Success 
Success is sweet, but the secret is sweat.


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