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Colin Powell's book It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership is valuable memoir of anecdotes drawn from the former Secretary of State's life and the lessons they taught him. From these, the four-star general created thirteen rules that he lives by, and I wanted to pass them along to you.
It ain't as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning. Get mad, then get over it. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it. It can be done!—Don't surround yourself with skeptics, but make sure to get solid counterviews. Be careful what you choose—Don't rush into things. Don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision—A true leader uses their judgement to select from the best courses of action. You can't make someone else's choices—So you shouldn't let someone else make yours! Check small things—Success ultimately rests on small things. Leaders check in on all the minute details. Share credit—And take the blame. Remain calm. Be kind—Your followers will be reassured and hold their confidence. Have a vision—And be demanding in achieving that vision. Don't take counsel of your fears or naysayers—Prepare for and control your fear; if your fear controls you, you cannot lead. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier—Believe in yourself and your purpose, and your followers will too.
I served nine years as a general dentist in the USAF. Right before I began my service in 2003, my Father, Keith Neal, a Command Sergeant Major in the OR Army National Guard, gave me a laminated wallet-sized copy of the Colin Powell's Leadership Rules—to this day I still have that copy. So in time of struggle, sit down, quietly read his wisdom, reflect, and act. Best of luck to the class of 2017!
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Alan Neal, DMD, FAGD
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