Rudy’s Thought of the Week


It’s up to a leader to instill confidence, to believe in his judgment and in his people even when they no longer believe in themselves. Sometimes, the optimism of a leader is grounded in something only he knows – the situation isn’t as dire as people think for reasons that will eventually become clear. But sometimes the leader has to be optimistic simply because if he isn’t nobody else will be. And you’ve got at least to try to fight back, no matter how daunting the odds.

– Rudy Giuliani, Leadership, pg. 298

I kept this quote on my wall in college while leading a…let’s call it ‘willful’…group of my peers. It’s always been one of my favorites.

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2 Responses to “Rudy’s Thought of the Week”

  1. WA for Rudy Says:

    That quote rocks. I like the idea of the “Thought of the Week” series, and might actually incorporate a series of my own on what prominent conservative pundits are saying about Rudy.

  2. karlub - PA RudyBlogger Says:

    I would say the most compelling recent quote from a prominent conservative regarding Mayor Giuliani was from Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review, when he said on their blog– and I think it later appeared in The Week in the print magazine– that “[Giuliani] represents one of the best examples of executive ability over the last 15 years.”

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