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May 23

Rumsfeld’s Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War and Life

Throughout his long and distinguished career – as a naval aviator, a U.S. Congressman, a top aide to four American presidents, a high-level diplomat, a CEO of two Fortune 500 companies, and the only twice-serving Secretary of Defense in American history – Donald Rumsfeld has collected hundreds of pithy, compelling, and often humorous observations about leadership, business, and life. First gathered as three-by-five cards in a shoebox and then typed up and circulated informally over the years, these nonpartisan rules have amused and enlightened presidents, business executives, chiefs of staff, foreign officials, diplomats, and members of Congress. For over eight decades, the collection continued to grow as Rumsfeld added new rules derived from things he read, heard, or observed. Distilled from a career of unusual breadth and accomplishment, and organized under practical topics like hiring people, running a meeting, and dealing with the press, Rumsfeld's Rules can benefit people at every stage in their careers and in every walk of life.

Donald Rumsfeld served as the 13th and 21st U.S. Secretary of Defense. He currently chairs the Rumsfeld Foundation, which supports leadership and public service at home and the growth of free political and free economic systems abroad. The Rumsfeld Foundation funds microfinance development projects, fellowships for graduate students interested in public service, the development of young leaders from Central Asia and the Caucasus, and charitable causes that benefit the men and women of the U.S. armed forces and their families.

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The Honorable Donald Rumsfeld

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Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D.

Founder, Chairman of the Asian Studies Center, and Chung Ju-yung Fellow Read More