"I think that my leadership style is to get people to fear staying in place, to fear not changing."
"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."Lou Gerstner on Henry Ford
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."Lou Gerstner 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."Lou Gerstner 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."Lou Gerstner 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."Lou Gerstner on Colin Powell
"It's about communication. It's about honesty. It's about treating people in the organization as deserving to know the facts. You don't try to give them half the story. You don't try to hide the story. You treat them as - as true equals, and you communicate and you communicate and communicate."
"You can never be comfortable with your success, you've got to be paranoid you're going to lose it."
"This really is a merger of equals. I wouldn't have come back to work for anything less than this fantastic opportunity. This lets me combine my two great loves - technology and biscuits."