"So I think democracy, in the long-term, in our countries will survive if it comes to be associated with leadership, will not survive if democracy plus media brings to us more and more followship rather than leadership."
"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."Mario Monti on Henry Ford
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."Mario Monti 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."Mario Monti 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."Mario Monti 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."Mario Monti on Colin Powell
"If governments let themselves be fully bound by the decisions of their parliaments without protecting their own freedom to act, a breakup of Europe would be a more probable outcome than deeper integration."
"Italy has piled up huge public debt because the successive governments were too close to the life of ordinary citizens, too willing to please the requests of everybody, thereby acting against the interests of future generations."
"Italy even in the future will not need aid from the European Financial Stability Fund."
"I hope that my government can help change Italian mentality."
"I believe that in Europe, we have a collective leadership."