Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf:
Ive met a lot of leaders in the Army who were very competentbut they didnt have character. And for every job they did well, they sought reward in the form of promotions, in the form of awards and decorations, in the form of getting ahead at the expense of someone else, in the form of another piece of paper that awarded them another degreea sure road to the top. You see, these were competent people, but they lacked character.
Ive also met a lot of leaders who had superb character but who lacked competence. They werent willing to pay the price of leadership, to go the extra mile because thats what it took to be a great leader.
And thats sort of what its all about. To lead in the 21st centuryto take soldiers, sailors, airmen into battleyou will be required to have both character and competence.