Quotable Leadership Quotes

Quotable Leadership Quotes are excerpts from an interview with Bruce Patterson.  

Bruce J. Patterson, CPA
Compliance & Ethics Consultant

(Former Vice President and
Corporate Compliance Officer
Navistar, Inc.)

Quotable Leadership Quotes

These Quotable Leadership Quotes are for leaders at all levels:

 “Even the most difficult people you deal with will help you, if you approach them the right way.”

 “Doing the right thing is sometimes doing the very difficult thing.”

“Give credit where credit is due."

"Let your people be the star of the show.” 

Don’t make assumptions.  Doing so will get you in trouble.

“I may not be the smartest person in the room.  But I know how to get to the smartest person in the room to get the best answer.”

“Don’t tell people what you think they want to hear.
You must tell people what they need to hear.”

“When you are trying to get to the right answer, people are always willing to help.  I think people want to help.  I don’t think people want to mess up intentionally.”

“Get the right input from the right people so you can make the right decision.”

“How you approach people is key to getting them to cooperate.”

“If you’re not going to learn how to trust me, it’s not going to work.”

“It’s not only about getting to the right answer, it’s how you got to the answer.”

“Do the best you can to minimize casualties.”


Bruce's Bio

Bruce J. Patterson is Vice President and Corporate Compliance officer for Navistar, Inc., at Navistar’s headquarters in Lisle, Illinois.  His background includes 35 years of progressive financial experience in auditing and internal accounting.  In 2007, Bruce moved from a position as Navistar’s Vice President, Corporate Audit and Consulting, to Navistar’s Vice President and Corporate Compliance Officer in order to develop the Corporate Compliance organization for Navistar.

Bruce graduated from the University of New Haven with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.  He received a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Bridgeport.  Bruce is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Bruce has taught financial accounting as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago.  He has presented ethics training in numerous countries, including Mexico, China, India, Canada, and Brazil.  He has participated as a faculty member and course handbook contributor for the Practising Law Institute (since 2010).

Bruce has chaired the Manufacturers Alliance (MAPI) Corporate Compliance Council and is active in various other professional and charitable organizations.

Born in Milford, Connecticut, Bruce moved to the Cincinnati area in 1990.  He presently maintains residences in both the Fort Myers and Cincinnati areas.


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