"But the ability to articulate what you are doing, to be clear about it, and to stick to it is, I think, the essence of political leadership."
"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."Chris Patten on Henry Ford
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."Chris Patten on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership."Chris Patten on Nelson Mandela
"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves."Chris Patten on Lao Tzu
"Leadership is solving problems. 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 or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership."Chris Patten on Colin Powell
"I believe in trying to get a balance between individual freedom on the one hand and social responsibility on the other."
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