Best Quotes by Donald Rumsfeld (Top 10)

  1. Don't necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership.
  2. If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much.
  3. Listening to both sides does not necessarily bring about a correct judgment.
  4. In our system leadership is by consent, not command. To lead a President must persuade. Personal contacts and experiences help shape his thinking. They can be critical to his persuasiveness and thus to his leadership.
  5. Don't speak ill of your predecessors or successors. You didn't walk in their shoes.
  6. Think ahead. Don't let day-to-day operations drive out planning.
  7. Those who made the decisions with imperfect knowledge will be judged in hindsight by those with considerably more information at their disposal and time for reflection.
  8. Success tends to go not to the person who is error-free, because he also tends to be risk-averse. Rather it goes to the person who recognizes that life is pretty much a percentage business. It isn't making mistakes that's critical; it's correcting them and getting on with the principal task.
  9. If the staff lacks policy guidance against which to test decisions, their decisions will be random.
  10. Reduce the layers of management. They put distance between the top of an organization and the customers.

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