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Leadership Lessons From General Schwarzkopf

by Dan Cassidy
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General Normal Schwarzkopf, most famously known for leading the American-led international coalition that drove Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1991, has passed away due to complications from pneumonia at the age of 78. Throughout his career, he was known for his incredible leadership skills and devotion to the military.

From his early education at West Point through the culmination of his career in Desert Storm, General Schwarzkopf knew a thing or two about leadership. Here are some of the best quotes on leadership from the General, which can apply to any type of leader whether in the military, business or at home.

general schwarzkopf leadership quotes

Leadership Lessons and Quotes from General Schwarzkopf

“You learn far more from negative leadership than from positive leadership. Because you learn how not to do it. And, therefore, you learn how to do it.”

“The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.”

“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”

“When placed in command – take charge.”

“Do what is right, not what you think the high headquarters wants or what you think will make you look good.”

“True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow, that’s what courage is.”

“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”

“Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still, there are things worth fighting for.”

“The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”

Photo by The U.S. Army

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