Definition of too many chiefs and not enough Indians in US English:

too many chiefs and not enough Indians

phrase

  • Too many people giving orders and not enough people to carry them out.

    • ‘It is a party of too many chiefs and not enough Indians - an institutionally top-heavy party.’
    • ‘There are simply too many chiefs and not enough Indians in his side.’
    • ‘So, I can't say anything bad, but the thing I can say is that there were just way too many chiefs and not enough Indians.’
    • ‘There were too many chiefs and not enough Indians.’
    • ‘I blame the managers - there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians.’
    • ‘That's too many chiefs and not enough Indians, if you ask me.’
    • ‘‘There are too many chiefs and not enough Indians,’ she said.’
    • ‘Some demand arbitrary reductions in management staff, believing there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians.’
    • ‘There were too many chiefs and not enough Indians in that respect.’