Colin Powell’s 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 cant 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 the counsel of your fears or naysayers.
  13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier


  • “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” –John Quincy Adams


  • The most effective form of leadership is born out of the sincere desire
    and proven ability to make a positive contribution. Those who lead best
    are those for whom leadership itself is not the primary aim.


  • True leadership is not embodied in a position or title. True leadership
    arises from an exemplary life of making positive, valuable
    contributions that inspire others to do the same.


  • The most successful leaders have no interest in telling others what to
    do. Successful leaders are those who promote and support conditions in
    which each person can act with effectiveness and experience fulfillment
    in his or her own special way.


  • Great leaders are not those who claim to have all the answers or to
    solve every problem. Great leaders lead by example rather than by


  • To be a leader, be a shining example. Do precisely that which you would
    lead others to do, and do it spectacularly.


  • Leadership at its best enlarges upon the sincere and productive efforts
    of the leader. Make those efforts the best they can be, and they’ll
    result in true, effective leadership.


  • This above all: To your own self be true.”- Shakespeare


  • Great leaders inflate the people around them; Poor leaders deflate the people around them.

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