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  • Writer's pictureDean DiSibio


Updated: Aug 8, 2019

General Colin Powell is one of my favorite leaders to learn from. Over the past 30 years I've tried to live by many of his rules. If you try to implement all 13 rules at the same time it may get a bit overwhelming. I suggest you choose one or two and work to live and breathe them. It will serve you and your team well. We'd love to hear your you have a rule you live by related to leadership?

Over the next few weeks we will take a deeper dive into a few of these rules...stay tuned!

Colin Powell's 13 Rules of Leadership:

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. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence. A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. There are no secrets to success.

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