A few of my favourite quotes about leadership…
I lost my position but not my self-respect ~ K-19: The Widow Maker.
They heard me, but they listened to you ~ Chernobyl, TV series.
Even a king should know when to follow ~ Troy (paraphrased).
Above all things you have to be someone the girls can look up to. In fact, that’s the absolute least you should do ~ Gunslinger Girl, anime series.
You don’t even like me, why did you come for me?
You’re a part of my crew, why are we still talking about this?
~ Firefly, TV series.
Stand up there, acknowledge your fleet, and give them what they need. A hero. That will be your penance, even if it kills you ~ Battlestar Galactica, TV series.
You made achieving the impossible seem routine ~ A quote about Yoni Netanyahu (Benjamin Netanyahu’s brother).
If the crew don’t hate the XO, you’ve got a lousy XO ~ Battlestar Galactica, TV series.
We give the smartest members of our team the task of arguing against our positions ~ The West Wing, TV series (paraphrased).
It ain’t about you, its about the men next to you ~ Blackhawk Down.
Woe betided the Commander who could not account for presence and wellbeing of his team ~ a quote about SEAL training.
The report from an officer’s superiors determined the officer’s rank. The report from an officer’s subordinates determined the officer’s status ~ an IDF quote.
I pushed you and pushed you in search of your limits, only to discover you did not have any ~ Citizen X.
The first in, and the last out ~ the motto of the (early) SEAD squadrons in the Vietnam War.