Robert M. Gates


Born
in Wichita, Kansas, The United States
September 25, 1943

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Robert Gates is a former U.S. Secretary of Defense and former Director of the CIA. Between those stints he was president of Texas A&M University, and he currently serves as chancellor of the College of William & Mary in addition to running a consultancy, Rice Hadley Gates LLC.

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Duty: Memoirs of a Secretar...

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A Passion for Leadership: L...

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Exercise of Power: American...

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From the Shadows: The Ultim...

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Nuclear Posture Review Repo...

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“What I know concerns me. What I don’t know concerns me even more. What people aren’t telling me worries me the most.”
Robert M. Gates, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

“I know that if everyone is a hero, then no one truly is. I concede the term is thrown around far too casually.”
Robert M. Gates, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

“Self-discipline is central to the leadership of institutions and to reforming them. A favorite saying of mine is "Never miss a good chance to shut up." I won't tell you how many times in a congressional hearing I just wanted to scream. How often in the White House Situation Room I wanted to say, "That's the dumbest idea I ever heard." How often in a briefing at the CIA or the Pentagon I wanted to tell someone where to stick his PowerPoint slides. Senior leaders want to blow off steam-shout at people- all the time. But to be an effective leader, you have to suppress those urges.”
Robert M. Gates, A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service

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