If you don’t have the guts as the leader to make tough and timely decisions, for God’s sake, don’t take the job. Nothing crushes momentum for implementing change, for reform, like an indecisive leader.

A successful leader must always be evaluating the people around and below her. She should empower the strong, try to help those who show promise despite shortcomings, and get rid of the deadwood.  One of the fundamental roles of a leader is to assess her people: Who is an asset, and who is a liability?

-Robert M. Gates A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service


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