Condoleezza Rice: Session 2 – The Leadership Summit

Former U.S. Secretary of State, Professor of Political Science at the Stanford Graduate School of Business

?    Former Stanford University Provost—responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program for 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students

?    Author and co-author of numerous books, including: No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011); bestseller Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010)


With freedom comes not only rights but responsibility.

Democracy can not mean the tyranny of the majority.  The strong should not exploit the weak.

Democracy is only as strong as it’s weakest link.

If every life is worthy, every life is capable of greatness.

There is a lot the government can do, but it can not deliver compassion.

The greatest responsibility of leaders is to help others see their own leadership qualities and potential.

The most important attribute of a leader is irrepressible optimism.

It is indeed a privilege to struggle.

The high calling of leaders is not to accept the world as it is but for what it could be.


My Commentary:

Strong, confident and humble.  What an absolutely beautiful combination and this is my impression of Condoleezza.  I was very inspired by her heart and compassion.  I love that she admitted moments of wanting to give upI appreciate that she can laugh. I was also intimidated by the big words she uses. 🙂

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