Lessons from General Patton

February 5, 2010

From Mark Matteson's E-Zine Street newsletter:

General George S. Patton (1885 – 1945) On Leadership

Here are some of his lessons and principles:

  • You, young lieutenant, must realize your platoon is like a plate of spaghetti, it cannot be pushed, you have got to get out in front and pull it.
  • A leader is one who can adapt proven principles to circumstances.
  • Generals must never show doubt, discouragement or fatigue.
  • In cold weather, generals must never appear to dress more warmly than the men.
  • Your primary mission as a leader is to see with your own eyes and BE SEEN by your troops on the front lines.

  • Always DO everything you ask of those you command.
  • Never tell your people HOW to do things. Tell them WHAT to do and WHY to do it, and then get out of the way. They will surprise you with their ingenuity.
  • You are never beaten until you admit it.
  • If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn’t thinking. 
  • Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.
  • Do not be afraid to fail. Never take counsel of your fears.
  • Always do more than is required of you.
  • The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom.


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