30 Military Leadership Quotes

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If any group knows about the importance of leadership it’s the Military. Here is a special collection of quotes about the importance of leadership in battle.

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Those who command themselves, command others.-William Hazlitt

Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.-Peter F. Drucker

Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance.-J. Donald Walters

Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without strategy.-Norman Schwarzkopf

I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.-Robert E. Lee

Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.-General Douglas MacArthur

Whoever is under a man’s power is under his protection, too.-David J. Schwartz

A general never shows despair. He instills confidence in his troops. He leads them forward, even into the mouth of death.-Rick Riordan, The Throne of Fire

Honor bespeaks worth. Confidence begets trust. Service brings satisfaction. Cooperation proves the quality of leadership.-James Cash Penney

Great leaders inspire. They maintain a hopeful attitude, even in the face of discouraging setbacks, constant criticism and abundant opposition. People don’t follow discouraged leaders. They follow those who persist with hope.-RICK WARREN, Ladies’ Home Journal, Oct. 2008

A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.-Polybius

Lead me, follow me, or get the hell out of my way.-George S. Patton Jr., Patton Principles

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.-General George Patton

When we think we lead, we are most led.-Lord Byron

It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.-Norman Schwarzkopf

I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.-Talleyrand

Tis skill, not strength, that governs a ship.-Thomas Fuller

The multitude who require to be led, still hate their leaders-William Hazlitt

Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.-Harry S. Truman

In the military, I learned that ‘leadership’ means raising your hand and volunteering for the tough, important assignments.-Tulsi Gabbard

Do what is right, not what you think the high headquarters wants or what you think will make you look good.-Norman Schwarzkopf

Leadership is for those who love the public good and are endowed and trained to administer it.-Thornton Wilder

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.-General Colin Powell

Humanity needs heroic leadership from those who see all life as precious.-Bryant McGill

My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.-General George Patton

The day the soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.-Colin Powell

If soldiers are punished before they have grown attached to you, they will not prove submissive;and, unless submissive, then will be practically useless. If, when the soldiers have become attached to you, punishments are not enforced, they will still be unless.-Sun Tzu,

Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.-George W. Bush

To have reservations is to show true leadership. To have certainty without question, to lead people to battle with no qualms, or to prosecute without hesitation are qualities of a tyrant.-Laura Kreitzer, Abyss

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