Effective leaders are made, not born. They learn from trial and error, and from experience.— Colin Powell
Undeniable Military Leadership quotations
A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.
A leader is a man who can adapt principles to circumstances.
Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.
Be a leader by example. Be confident and humble. Love the unloved.
I made efforts to swallow tears and to protect the species of the Japanese nation.
You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.
Fight the enemy with the weapons he lacks.
Leadership is an action, not a position.
The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them.
A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.
Once upon a time our traditional goal in war and can anyone doubt that we are at war? - was victory. Once upon a time we were proud of our strength, our military power. Now we seem ashamed of it. Once upon a time the rest of the world looked to us for leadership. Now they look to us for a quick handout and a fence-straddling international posture.
Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge.
Be the hunter, not the hunted: Never allow your unit to be caught with its guard down.
Following is one of the most underrated aspects of leadership.
... I have seen many a good [military unit] underachieve, because someone...thought the commander was incompetent, and quietly worked to undermine his authority.
It was when I entered the military preparatory school and put on its uniform, that a feeling of strength came to me, as if I had become master of my own destiny.
Leadership simply begins with the courage to be yourself. So everyone else can be, too.
A leader is the man who has the ability to get other people to do what they don't want to do, and like it.
Our military deserves leadership that matches their service and patriotism.
Getting our troops the pay raise they deserve is the very least we can do to show how much we value everything they do for us.
America's leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.
Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength.
If officers desire to have control over their commands, they must remain habitually with them, industriously attend to their instruction and comfort, and in battle lead them well.
The First Lady and I both spotted the President standing under the mistletoe and she moved in to grab a kiss from him following a dinner for Combatant Commanders and military leadership at Blair House in Washington, D.C.
If you look at the way Donald Trump has treated law enforcement, if you look at the way he's treated the military, this is a man who fully understands the burden of leadership and the responsibility he has as the commander in chief.
A group of donkeys lead by a lion can defeat a group of lions lead by a donkey.
My responsibility, our responsibility as lucky Americans, is to try to give back to this country as much as it has given us, as we continue our American journey together.
Most people associate command and control leadership with the military.
Half a world away nations that once lived under oppression and tyranny are now budding democracies due in large part to America 's leadership and the sacrifices of our military.
Leaders don't force people to follow. They invite others on a journey.
World War II had been such a tremendous success story for this country that the political and military leadership began to assume that they would prevail simply because of who they were. We were like the British at the turn of the 19th century.
Military school was great and especially great for leadership and then I spent two years in Vietnam.
We need a president who will lead with a stronger, more consistent foreign policy. We also need our commander in chief to put more faith in military leadership who have all of the combat experience. It’s bad policy to try to micromanage too much operationally and tactically from a desk in the Oval Office.
A leader is someone who demonstrates what's possible.
The demands of leadership have changed.
The highest levels if leadership require mastery of a new task: job creation. Traditional leadership through politics, military force, religion, or personal values won't work in the future like it has in the past.
Today, America can regain the sense of pride that existed before Vietnam.
.. These events, tragic as they are, portend neither the end of the world nor of America's leadership in the world.
I have great faith in the military. I have great faith in certain of the commanders, certainly. But I have no faith in Hillary Clinton or the leadership.
Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.
According to other writers, it is the women who last longest in sieges, the young men who soonest fall into that deadly lethargy that precedes actual death. But the account is accurate enough: that is what a siege is like. Moreover, that is what it is meant to be like. When a city is encircled and deprived of food, it is not the expectation of the attackers that the garrison will hold out until individual soldiers... drop dead in the streets. The death of ordinary inhabitants of the city is expected to force the hand of the civilian or military leadership. The goal is surrender; the means is not the defeat of the enemy army, but the fearful spectacle of the civilian dead.
We had a military and political leadership at that period which was genuinely deluded.
The Kurds' achievement was outstanding, both militarily and diplomatically.
European governments recognized this and abandoned their resistance to weapons deliveries. Germany, too, acted correctly. Now, we need a joint military leadership so that the Kurds and the army can retake Mosul.
He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.
We can't, you know, use our military to make sure the planet doesn't get warmer.
And so that kind of leadership, of being able to bring people together, to apply practical commonsense solutions based on facts, based on science, based on what works you know, that's been the approach I have taken consistently as a public servant. That's the kind of style that I think we need in the presidency right now.
I personally found Donald Trump's praise for Vladimir Putin troubling or even chilling, frankly. In a room full of military veterans, to be effusing about his great leadership and how strong he is and how popular he is, while disrespecting the American president and American generals, I don't know. That was, I think, not just troubling to me, but to a lot of listeners and I think, frankly, to a lot of Republican listeners as well.
When President Bush sees America, he sees only a military superpower.
I see a moral and idealistic beacon. Mr. Bush may talk about democracy all he wants, but it is not democracy to wilfully disdain and heap scorn on world opinion. We do not command moral leadership by starting pre-emptive wars.
It would seem to be the case that pressure on Iran to acquire nuclear weapons is almost totally driven by their need for a deterrent capability to avoid the fate of Iraq, Libya. The use of American military force in Syria thus sends exactly the opposite message as supposedly desired to the leadership in Tehran - and to others. North Korea has been dealt with diplomatically because it has the bomb and might use it if provoked.
We do have special forces, we do have trainers, we do have the military personnel who are helping with the airstrikes that the United States is leading so that we can try to take out ISIS infrastructure, take out their leadership.