Friday, October 25, 2013

13 Rules of Leaders According to Colin Powell

13 Rules of Leaders
Colin Powell
Last evening I had the privilege of hearing retired four-star general Colin Powell speak to a packed house at Loyola University here in Baltimore. Powell was invited as part of the Hanway Lecture Series in Global Studies.

Without the help of a TelePrompTer or script, Powell talked about world events, politics, building a successful team.

As I was listening to I remembered reading his 13 Rules of Leaders, first published back in 1989 in Parade Magazine. I reprint them here:

  1. It ain't as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
  2. Get mad, then get over it.
  3. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position fails, your ego goes with it.
  4. It can be done.
  5. Be careful what you choose. You may get it.
  6. Don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
  7. You can't make someone else's choices.
  8. Check small things.
  9. Share credit.
  10. Remain calm. Be kind.
  11. Have a vision.
  12. Don't take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
  13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
These rules for leadership apply to any endeavor, but I am posting them here for the consideration and the benefit of the medical community, physicians, office administrators and healthcare executives.


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