Now, look, I happen to know a little about leadership. I’ve had to work with a lot of nations, for that matter at odds with each other. And I tell you this: you do not lead by hitting people over the head. Any damn fool can do that, but it’s usually called ‘assault’ – not ‘leadership’…I’ll tell you what leadership is. It’s persuasion – and conciliation – and patience. It’s long, slow, tough work. That’s the only sort of leadership I know or believe in – or will practice.
Dwight D. Eisenhower quoted in:
Re-Viewing the Cold War : Domestic Factors and Foreign Policy in the East-West Confrontation by Patrick M. Morgan (Editor), Keith L. Nelson (Editor)