Quotes in leadership
A company could put a top man at every position and be swallowed by a competitor with people only half as good, but who are working together.
Leadership, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it.
A good deal of the corporate planning I have observed is like a ritual rain dance; it has no effect on the weather that follows, but those who engage in it think it does. Moreover, it seems to me that much of the advice and instruction related to corporate planning is directed at improving the dancing, not the weather.
Go for a business that any idiot can run - because sooner or later, any idiot probably is going to run it.
The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have 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.
the leader sees leadership as responsibility rather than as rank and privilege.
Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.
Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.
Improvement of Quality and Productivity, to be successful in any company, must be a learning process, year by year, top management leading the whole company.