Friday, January 02, 2009

Colin Powell’s Thirteen Rules of Leadership

I discovered this list online taken from the memoir of the ex-US Secretary of State Colin Powell. It is a useful practical listing of leadership advice.

Rule 1

It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.

Rule 2
Get mad, then get over it.

Rule 3
Avoid your ego being so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.

Rule 4
It can be done.

Rule 5
Be careful whom you choose.

Rule 6
Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.

Rule 7
You can’t make someone else’s decisions.
You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.

Rule 8
Check small things.

Rule 9
Share credit.

Rule 10
Remain calm. Be kind.

Rule 11
Have a vision. Be demanding.

Rule 12
Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.

Rule 13
Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.