Colin Powell: A Problem Solver
Colin Powell, the nation's first Africanâ€“American Secretary of State, the first to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a diplomat and national security advisor has died from complications of COVID-19 according to his family. He was 84. Powell began his career in the ROTC during college.
While serving in Vietnam he was wounded by a booby trap while on patrol and, after a helicopter crash, Powell saved his comrades from the burning
helicopter even though he himself was injured.
Powell won his MBA from George Washington University and served in the Nixon, Reagan, Carter, Clinton and Bush administrations. Following his military
retirement Powell wrote his autobiography, "My American Journey."
Below are Colin Powell's 13 Rules of Leadership, first printed in the August 13, 1989, issue of Parade magazine.
1. It ain't as bad as you think.
2. Get mad then get over it.
3. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, 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 decisions.
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.
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