6 Great Leadership Lessons from George H W Bush

George Herbert Walker Bush

George Herbert Walker Bush was the 41st President of America. He breathed last on 30 November. He served as the American President from 1989 to 1993. He served as the Vice President of USA from 1981 to 1989 when Ronald Reagan was the president.

He was called Bush Sr. to differentiate him from his eldest son and 43rd President George W Bush, who served two consecutive terms from 2001 to 2009.

The world needs great leaders to steer the fate of humanity to a graceful future. In the echelons of the global leaders, George H.W. Bush remains known for his unassuming style and great statesmanship. He passed away at the age of 94.

He was the son of a Senator. George H.W. Bush also had the distinction of being the youngest fighter pilot in the US Navy in World War II. He also served as the director of the CIA.

Here we look at some of the great words of wisdom on leadership from the former President, George H.W. Bush.

 1. “No problem of human making is too great to be overcome by human ingenuity, human energy, and the untiring hope of the human spirit.”

George H W Bush

Leaders solve problems; they inspire people and believe in their ability to do remarkable things. Persistent efforts can solve the toughest problems.

The greatest leaders inspire their teams to persevere, strive and solve the toughest challenges.

2. “Be bold in your caring, be bold in your dreaming and above all else, always do your best.”

George H W Bush

George H W Bush


A leader inspires others to dream and do their best. You will only reach your best, when you give your best. Leaders bring out the best in their people by setting high expectations and making everyone strive to do more.

3. “We know what works. Freedom Works. We know what’s right. Freedom is right.”

George H W Bush

Freedom is an expression of everyone on the planet. Leaders understand that everyone should bring in their uniqueness and give them freedom to be themselves.

4. “I have opinions of my own, strong opinions, but I don’t always agree with them.”

George H W Bush

George H W Bush


The mark of a great leader is that he is open minded. Even though he may believe something very strongly, but he is able to change his mind when presented with the right facts.

A successful leader has to be open minded and know when to embrace things contrary to his opinions and beliefs.

5. “I do not mistrust the future; I do not fear what is ahead. For our problems are large, but our heart is larger.”

George H W Bush

Leaders instill courage and faith in their teams. They help them take on big challenges and view them as opportunities without being fearful. They encourage people to look at future with a lens of positivity and enthusiasm.

6. “We are not the sum of our possessions.”

   George H W Bush

George H W Bush


A great life is never about what you possess, it is about what you give back. Leaders give back more than they receive. They think beyond instant gratification and temporary possessions.

The best leaders are able to visualise things that align people for a greater purpose, mission and accomplish unimaginable heights.


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