Sir Robert Menzies, 12th Prime Minister of Australia on leadership thinking:

“A man may be a tough, concentrated, successful money-maker and never contribute to his country anything more than a horrible example.

A manager may be tough and practical, squeezing out, while the going is good, the last ounce of profit and dividend, and may leave behind him an exhausted industry and a legacy of industrial hatred.

A tough manager may never look outside his own factory walls or be conscious of his partnership in a wider world.

I often wonder what strange cud such men sit chewing when their working days are over, and the accumulating riches of the mind have eluded them.”

3 thoughts on “Leadership thinking and ‘riches of the mind’

  1. That is close to the bone,

    Now how do I get people like this to see and realise what they are doing?

  2. The Party along with the new class of robber barons could do with a reminder of this wise words

  3. It seems to me that such men would find it difficult to survive in today’s environment with the fickleness of a global economy, a range of media that captures your every public (and often private) moments and a much more aware and less forgiving emerging workforce that expect not only more of their employers but also expect to have their own say. But that is not to say that such men are not still out there; the sad thing is that with the rapid development of technologies and the speed of industry and expectation we spend far too little time developing the richness of the mind – indeed too often we delay it until our days of retirement and then, perhaps, it is all too late. We need to start today to enjoy the richness of the mind of others – it is worth the time and effort, it nourishes ourselves and our sense of oneself.

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