"Don't necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership."
"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."Donald Rumsfeld on Henry Ford
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."Donald Rumsfeld 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."Donald Rumsfeld 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."Donald Rumsfeld 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."Donald Rumsfeld on Colin Powell
"Amidst all the clutter, beyond all the obstacles, aside from all the static, are the goals set. Put your head down, do the best job possible, let the flak pass, and work towards those goals."
"Your performance depends on your people. Select the best, train them and back them. When errors occur, give sharper guidance. If errors persist or if the fit feels wrong, help them move on. The country cannot afford amateur hour in the White House."
"Leave the President's family business to him. You will have plenty to do without trying to manage the First Family. They are likely to do fine without your help."
"Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war."
"Let your family, staff, and friends know that you're still the same person, despite all the publicity and notoriety that accompanies your position."