"It's very important in a leadership role not to place your ego at the foreground and not to judge everything in relationship to how your ego is fed."
"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."Ruth J. Simmons on Henry Ford
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."Ruth J. Simmons 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."Ruth J. Simmons 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."Ruth J. Simmons 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."Ruth J. Simmons on Colin Powell
"I often say that shareholders should feel very responsible for how responsive corporations are to the public trust."