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7 (complete lack of) Leadership Quotes from Donald Trump

I am sure by the time I post this blog, Donald Trump will have fallen a few more percentage points in his vainglorious attempt at capturing/buying the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination. But before he’s back to just being the world’s greatest everything-but-President of the United States, I thought I would list a few quotes that show Mr. Trump’s seeming lack of real leadership skills. Just because you’re a great businessman doesn’t make you a great leader. Last time I checked, Abe Lincoln’s chain of resort golf courses were still only in the planning stages, so the two don’t necessarily go hand in hand. 

I am sure Mr. Trump would disagree with my assessment (please, let him send me an angry email), but just to be clear I am only having a little innocent fun with an über-powerful man who most likely owns our building and thus holds my livelihood in his strong, masculine, God-like hands. OK enough with the keywords, let’s get to the list!

1. “Everything in life is luck.”

2. “A little more moderation would be good. Of course, my life hasn’t exactly been one of moderation.”

3. “Show me someone without an ego, and I’ll show you a loser.”

4. “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.”

5. “I’m a bit of a P. T. Barnum. I make stars out of everyone.”

6. “Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.”

…and last, but certainly not least:

7. “When I build something for somebody, I always add $50 million or $60 million onto the price. My guys come in; they say it’s going to cost $75 million. I say it’s going to cost $125 million, and I build it for $100 million. Basically, I did a lousy job. But they think I did a great job.”

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9 (Funny) Leadership Quotes From Euripides to Groucho Marx

It’s important to realize that the ability to laugh at yourself is actually key to having a good life and being a good leader. So take a few minutes off from the pressures of leading and/or being led, and enjoy my top 9 favorite humorous (and often painfully true) quotes on leadership.

1. Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head. – Euripides

2. It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it… anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. – Douglas Adams

3. The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on. – Robert Bloch

4. It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse. – Adlai Stevenson

5. If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. – The Bible

6. You do not lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership. – Dwight Eisenhower

7. A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. – Groucho Marx

8. A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. – George Bernard Shaw

9. By trying we can easily endure adversity. Another man’s, I mean. – Mark Twain