Winning the Political Game: Favorite Leadership Tips

Importance of Compromise

"Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate."

– President John F. Kennedy, inaugural address, January 20, 1961

Every Prudent Act Founded on Compromise

"All governments, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter."

– Edmund Burke, Speech on the Conciliation with America, 22 March 1775

Peter Drucker on Leadership

“Leadership is not magnetic personality—that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not ‘making friends and influencing people’—that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.”
– Peter Drucker

The Power of Persistence

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with great talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence, determination alone are omnipotent.

Attributed to Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s. This truism applies as much, or more, to politics as it does to business.