Leadership & Organization

"What is Leadership?" by Dwight D. Eisenhower (PDF)

"You have got to have something in which to believe. You have got to have leaders, organization, friendships, and contacts that help you to believe that, and help you to put out your best."

  - Remarks to the Leaders of the United Defense Fund, April 29, 1954

"Now I think, speaking roughly, by leadership we mean the art of getting someone else to do something that you want done because he wants to do it, not because your position of power can compel him to do it, or your position of authority. A commander of a regiment is not necessarily a leader. He has all of the appurtenances of power given by a set of Army regulations by which he can compel unified action. He can say to a body such as this, "Rise," and "Sit down." You do it exactly. But that is not leadership."

  - Remarks at the Annual Conference of the Society for Personnel Administration, May 12, 1954

"The job of getting people really wanting to do something is the essence of leadership. And one of the things a leader needs occasionally is the inspiration he gets from the people he leads. The old tactical textbooks say that the commander always visits his troops to inspire them to fight. I for one soon discovered that one of the reasons for my visiting the front lines was to get inspiration from the young American soldier. I went back to my job ashamed of my own occasional resentments or discouragements, which I probably - at least I hope I concealed them."

  - Remarks at the Breakfast Meeting of Republican State Chairmen, Denver, Colorado, September 10, 1955

"As long as I am back in my military life for a second, I should like to observe one thing about leadership that one of the great has said - Napoleon. He said, the great leader, the genius in leadership, is the man who can do the average thing when everybody else is going crazy."

  - Address at Meeting Sponsored by the Republican National Committee, April 17, 1956

"The essence of leadership is to get others to do something because they think you want it done and because they know it is worthwhile doing - that is what we are talking about."

  - Remarks at the Republican Campaign Picnic at the President's Gettysburg Farm, September 12, 1956

"Leadership is a word and a concept that has been more argued than almost any other I know."

  - The President's News Conference of November 14, 1956

"My life has been largely spent in affairs that required organization. But organization itself, necessary as it is, is never sufficient to win a battle."

  - Remarks to Participants in the Young Republican National Leadership Training School, January 20, 1960