Leadership Thoughts From George W. Bush

I read this great article this morning on Brian Dodd’s blog.  It is a great lesson on leadership that can be learned from our former President George W. Bush.  I see a sermon in nearly every line.

“How are you going to remember former President George W. Bush?  I think as time goes on history will be very kind to him.

With the release of his new book Decision Points, President Bush appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show this week.  The following are the amazing quotes from the man who will be known as the President that kept our country safe.

  • “The peaceful transfer of power makes America a special place.”
  • “I was honored to serve our country for eight years.”
  • “I view politics as a chapter of my life.  Not my life.”
  • “One of the sacrifices you make is loss of anonymity.”
  • “I want our President to succeed.  I love our country.”
  • “It was much harder to be the son of the President and watch my dad get criticized than to be President.”
  • “If I would have allowed the critics to affect me during the presidency, I would not have done my job as a leader.”
  • Alcohol was crowding out my affections for my wife and my daughters.”
  • “Alcohol at times made me a fool.”
  • “My job was to protect the people.”
  • “During a crisis the leader must project calm.”
  • “I’m the Commander and Chief.  I want to be in Washington.”
  • “I would not give the enemy the satisfaction of seeing the President of the United States holed up in a bunker underground.”
  • “We had to find them and bring them to justice before they hurt us again.”
  • “Everybody thought Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.”
     
  • “Often times history judges you on the decisions you make but a lot times they don’t judge you on the decisions you don’t make.”
  • “My decision (to go to combat) would weigh more heavily on me if I cared more about my political standing than completing the mission.”
  • I made a mistake.  I should have landed (in New Orleans).”
  • “Katrina is an interesting case study of emergency management.”
  • “I want to treat my successor the way I would want to have been treated.  There will be plenty of critics and he doesn’t need me criticizing him.  I don’t think it’s good for the presidency.”
  • “I saw a problem with the mortgage market.”
  • “If you make a bad decision in the marketplace you ought to fail.”
  • “Serving as President is the honor of a lifetime.”
  • Don’t sell your soul for the sake of politics.  Have a set of principles.  Defend those principles no matter what it might cost you in the polls.”
  • “One of my proudest accomplishments is that I didn’t sell my principles for the sake of popularity.”
  • “If you chase popularity you’re chasing something for a fleeting moment.  Principles last forever.”

Do you agree with President Bush’s comments?  Let me know your thoughts.”

HT: Brian Dodd on Leadership

2 thoughts on “Leadership Thoughts From George W. Bush

  1. I stumbled onto this page via Louanna Frank’s page. We are friends for highschool. I so appreciate the messages you have posted. What a blessing to be a part of the body of Christ. My husband and I attend the Assembly of God in Ponca City OK. My brother Marty Mullen lives in Rogers, so when we visit we will for sure be visiting your church. God Bless this ministry. I have a prayer need as well, my brother Dallas Mullen is in Rogers Hospital, Dr.’s aren’t able to diagnose what is wrong. This is the 4th time since Oct. that he has been admitted in life threatening condition. Every test imaginable is being done, and so far nothing has shown up, so they don’t know how to treat him. Please be in prayer with us that the unseen will surface, that God will give supernatural wisdom concerning Dallas conodition. Thank you so much, and God Bless your church!
    Sister in Christ
    Melvina Helberg

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