following paraphrased guidelines are taken from
“Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun” by Wess Roberts, Ph.D.
Advice and Counsel
- A leader with subordinates who always agree
with him reaps the counsel of mediocrity.
- A wise leader never berates those bearing bad
news. Rather, the wise leader removes those who fail to deliver bad
- A leader who asks the wrong questions always
hears the wrong answers.
- A wise leader never asks a question for which
he doesn’t want to hear the answer.
- The greatness of a leader is measured by the
sacrifices he is willing to make for the good of the group.
- A leader should always rise above pettiness
and cause his people to do the same.
- A leader cannot win if he loses his nerve. He
should be self confident and self reliant, and even if he does not win,
he will know he has done his best.
- A leader does not have to be brilliant to be
successful, but he must have an insatiable hunger for victory, absolute
belief in his cause, and an invincible courage that enables him to
resist those who would otherwise discourage him.
- Seldom are self centered, conceited and self
admiring individuals great leaders, but they are great idolizers of
- Great leaders never take themselves too
- A wise leader adapts he doesn’t
- Leaders who drink with their people become one
with them and are no longer their leader.
- Weak leaders surround themselves with weak
- Strong leaders surround themselves with strong
- As a leader achieves greater success, the
jealousy others feel for him intensifies.
- Every decision involves some risk.
- Time does not always improve a situation for a
leader or the people.
- Fundamental errors are inescapable when the
unqualified are allowed to exercise judgement and make decisions.
- Quick decisions are not always the best
decisions. On the other hand, unhurried decisions are not always the
- Leaders should never rush into confrontations.
- A leader’s confidence in his decision
making should always take precedence to name dropping to the people.
- It is unfortunate when final decisions are made
by leaders who are removed from the issue, where they can only guess at
conditions and potentialities known only to the leader at the front.
- When victory will not be sweet, a leader must
keep his people from war.
- The ability to make difficult decisions
separates leaders from the people.
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