Monday, March 8, 2021

On patience and restraint.......................

      For a younger generation and those to come, the presidency would fuse with television, and politics with storytelling and drama.  Eisenhower knew that leadership has many outward signs, but getting constant attention is not one of them.  For Eisenhower patience and restraint were also critical attributes of sound leadership.  He was confident enough to know that action—any action at all—may be satisfying in the short term but, if not justifiable, could bring with it untold consequences over the longer haul.  This could be seen in his refusal to intervene in Vietnam, for example.

-Susan Eisenhower:  How Ike Led:  The Principles Behind Eisenhower's Biggest Decisions

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