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.
- 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!
- Be careful what you choose. You may get it.
- Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
- You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
- Check small things.
- Share credit.
- Remain calm. Be kind.
- Have a vision. Be demanding.
- Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
- 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?