"I don't care tuppence whether I'm forced into a leadership position or not. I'd much sooner not."
"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."E. P. Thompson on Henry Ford
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."E. P. Thompson 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."E. P. Thompson 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."E. P. Thompson 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."E. P. Thompson on Colin Powell
"I think that the U.S. does have this very much more open attitude, and I admire it very much and I think it's very important to the world. But the information and the discussion sometimes come too late, after the effective decision has been made."