Soul Food for Friday: Colin Powell’s 13 Rules

The Global Leadership Summit continues today and is always a great source of food for the soul and quotes for deeper thought. This week’s Soul Food for Friday comes from yesterday’s Summit speaker, Colin Powell, a leader of great humility, integrity and wisdom. His book I Did It My Way expands on the following 13 rules.

  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 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 choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
  8. Check small things.
  9. Share credit.
  10. Remain calm. Be kind.
  11. Have a vision. Be demanding.
  12. Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
  13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

All great pieces of wisdom, my favorite is the last one: Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. Such a multiplier give lift a group of people to make a greater impact than perpetual pessimism.

Of the 13 rules, which one is your favorite? Why does it speak into your life and leadership today?


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