“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.”

– Sir Robert Gordon Menzies


Sir Robert Gordon Menzies, KT AK CH FAA FRS QC, was an Australian politician and the 12th Prime Minister of Australia. Serving a collective total of over 18 years, he is Australia’s longest-serving Prime Minister.


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

  1. As for the best leaders the people do not notice there existence.
    The next best the people praise.
    The next the people fear & the next the people hate.
    When the best leaders work is done people say; “We did it ourselves”.

    Lao Tzu

  2. Economic rationalists and they are still around unfortunately, are the classic example of the narrow minded in the business world.

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