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Letter "R" » Robert Townsend Quotes
«A leader is not an administrator who loves to run others, but someone who carries water for his people so that they can get on with their jobs»
Author: Robert Townsend
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«True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not the enrichment of the leaders.»
«If you don't do it excellently, don't do it at all. Because if it's not excellent, it won't be profitable or fun, and if you're not in business for fun or profit, what the hell are you doing there?»
«The soul is made for action, and cannot rest till it be employed. Idleness is its rust. Unless it will up and think and taste and see, all is in vain.»
«One of the most important tasks of a manager is to eliminate his people's excuses for failure.»
«Consultants are people who borrow your watch and tell you what time it is, and then walk off with the watch.»
«If people are coming to work excited...if they're making mistakes freely and fearlessly...if they're having fun...if they're concentrating on doing things, rather than preparing reports and going to meetings...then somewhere you have a leader.»
«A good manager doesn't try to eliminate conflict; he tries to keep it from wasting the energies of his people. If you're the boss and your people fight you openly when they think that you are wrong - that's healthy.»
«Compromise is usually bad. It should be a last resort. If two departments or divisions have a problem they can't solve and it comes up to you, listen to both sides and then pick one or the other. This places solid accountability on the winner to make it work. Condition your people to avoid compromise.»
«Most people in big companies are administered, not led. They are treated as personnel, not people.»