USAF General White quoting General Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord, former head of the German War Department "I divide my officers into four classes as follows: The clever, the industrious, the lazy, and the stupid. Each officer always possesses two of these qualities. Those who are clever and industrious I appoint to the general staff. The man who is clever and lazy is destined for high command because he has the nerve to deal with all situations. Use can, under certain circumstances, be made of those who are stupid and lazy. But, whoever is stupid and industrious must be got rid of at once."

source: quoted in Puryear, American Generalship, 268 tags: Leadership, Organization, Recruiting