Insight into who you want on Your Team

The Monuments Men book has a quote by General Dwight Eisenhower that are words of wisdom.

This is a long road we have to travel. The men that can do

things are going to be sought out just as surely as the sun rises

in the morning. Fake reputations, habits of glib and clever

speech, and glittering surface performance are going to be

discovered and kicked overboard. Solid, sound leadership . . . and

ironclad determination to face discouragement, risk, and

increasing work without flinching, will always characterize

the man who has a sure-enough, bang-up fighting unit. Added

to this he must have a darn strong tinge of imagination—I

am continuously astounded by the utter lack of imaginative

thinking. . . . Finally, the man has to be able to forget himself and

personal fortunes. I’ve relieved two seniors here because they got

to worrying about “injustice,” “unfairness,” “prestige,” and—oh, what the hell!


— Supreme Commander General Dwight

David Eisenhower in a letter to

General Vernon Prichard, August 27, 1942