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  • "I’ve been blessed to find people who are smarter than I am, and they help me to execute the vision I have."
    Russell Simmons (1957–), US founder of Def Jam records and Phat Farm clothes
    Source: Quoted in the Independent (London) (February 16, 2009)
  • "Do not delegate an assignment and then attempt to manage it yourself—you will make an enemy of the overruled subordinate."
    Wess Roberts (1946–), US writer
    Source: Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun (1991)
  • "If you are having as much fun running a big corporation as you did running a piece of it, then you are probably interfering too much with the people who really make it happen."
    James E. Burke (1925–), US former CEO of Johnson & Johnson
    Source: Fortune (June 6, 1988)
  • "Big things and little things are my job. Middle level management can be delegated."
    Konosuke Matsushita (18941989), Japanese electronics executive, entrepreneur, and inventor
    Source: Quest for Prosperity (1988)
  • "Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere."
    Ronald Reagan (19112004), US president and actor
    Source: Quoted in Fortune (September 1986)
  • "You could not maintain any illusion of direct control over a general or provincial governor … You appointed him, you watched his chariot and baggage train disappear over the hill in a cloud of dust, and that was that."
    Sir Antony Jay (1930–), British author and business consultant
    Arguing that a key reason the Roman Empire grew so large and lasted so long was the delegation necessitated by poor communications.
    Source: Management Machiavelli (1970)
  • "He liked nobody to be in any way superior to him … he chose his ministers, not for their knowledge, but for their ignorance; not for their capacity, but for their want of it."
    Duc de Saint-Simon (Louis de Rouvroy) (16751755), French writer and soldier
    Referring to Louis XIV.
    Source: Memoires (1694–1723), vol. 3
  • "Not the least among the qualities in a great king is a capacity to permit his ministers to serve him."
    Cardinal Richelieu (15851642), French clergyman and politician, Louis XIII’s chief minister
    Source: Testament Politique (1641)
  • "Never learn to do anything. If you don't learn, you'll always find someone else to do it for you."
    Mark Twain (18351910), US writer
    Source: Attributed

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