My Top 10 Good Governance Quotes

1. “Corporate governance is concerned with holding the balance between economic and social goals and between individual and communal goals. The governance framework is there to encourage the efficient use of resources and equally to require accountability for the stewardship of those resources. The aim is to align as nearly as possible the interests of individuals, corporations and society.” (Sir Adrian Cadbury, UK, Commission Report: Corporate Governance 1992)

2. “Governance and leadership are the yin and the yang of successful organisations. If you have leadership without governance you risk tyranny, fraud and personal fiefdoms. If you have governance without leadership you risk atrophy, bureaucracy and indifference.” – Mark Goyder (Director of Tomorrow’s Company)
3. “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” –  Abraham Lincoln 

4. “Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something.Don’t just stand there, make it happen.“ – Lee Iacocca (President of the Chrysler Corporation)

5. “Organisations need to practice qualitative corporate governance rather than quantitative governance thereby ensuring it is properly run.” –  and “You cannot legislate good behaviour.” – Mervyn King (Chairman: King Report) 

6. “If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.” – Albert Einstein

7. “A ‘no’ uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a ‘yes’ merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.” – and “You must be the change you wish to see in the world . . .” – Mahatma Gandhi

8. “The time is always right to do right” – Nelson Mandela

9. “Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” – Desmond Tutu 

10. “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Sir Winston Churchill


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3 Responses to My Top 10 Good Governance Quotes

  1. Jayendra says:

    Valuable timeless quotes ! Thanks for sharing Suren.

  2. paschal nwosu says:


  3. paschal nwosu says:

    Your piece is insightful.I think I am going to steal it.

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