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Quotes from Leadership Secrets of Atilla the Hun

Updated on November 7, 2010

Leadership Secrets of Atilla the Hun

The following are extracted quotes from Leadership Secrets of Atilla the Hun . This is an excellent, albeit brief read. This book was loaned to me by a retired Colonel in the US Army. However, the secrets can be applied to business and much of life. Enjoy!

Atilla warns against causing an enemy a small wound. Either destroy them outright, be a great friend, or do not let them know you intend them harm:

"Do not underestimate the power of an enemy, no matter how great or small, to rise against you another day."

- Atilla the Hun

Atilla speaks to make tough decisions as a leader and protecting the greater good. Good advice for a business or military leader:

"Chieftains must understand that the spirit of the law is greater than its letter."

- Atilla the Hun

Atilla speaks to the essentials of decisiveness and making the hard call as a leader. Being a leader can be lonely:

"It takes less courage to criticize the decisions of others than to stand by your own."

- Atilla the Hun

Atilla speaks to the art of negotiation:

"Never arbitrate. Arbitration allows a third party to determine your destiny. It is a resort of the weak."

- Atilla the Hun

Atilla on the need for a leader to know his organization inside and out, especially from the front lines:

"It is unfortunate when final decisions are made by chieftains headquartered miles away from the front, where they can only guess at conditions and potentialities known only to the captain of the battlefield."

- Atilla the Hun

For these quotes and more great quotes, please pick up a copy:

Roberts, Wess. Leadership Secrets of Atilla the Hun. New York: Books, 1987.


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      Elijah Sneigoski 23 months ago

      Interesting information, but it isn't exactly helping my research. But still ATTILA THE HUN IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks anyways.

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      george Johnson 4 years ago

      SMYD Attilla

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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Attila has some interesting thoughts here. Personally, I prefer Abraham Lincoln's approach: "I will destroy my enemy. I will make him my friend."