Colin Powell – Global Leadership Summit 2013


Leadership is about getting more out of people than the science of management says you can.

Leadership is about followership. It is about the collective efforts of individuals.

Always empower…and empowerment means taking risk, and it means trust.

Give your followers a ‘zone of operation’ to make decisions in.

Trust is both the glue that holds things together and the lubricant that will keep things moving forward.

If you want to be a great leader have a destination and take care of your troops.

Execution is the most important part of getting to your destination.


Axioms from Colin Powell

It will look different in the morning. (An axiom that helps you face the next day with a positive attitude)

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. (People look to the leader for confidence. People look to the leader to solve problems.)

Get mad and then get over it. (You can’t stay mad or the whole organization is contaminated)

Leaders are people who solve problems. If you are not solving them that just means people stopped bringing them to you. They have lost trust.

What is a red flag with an emerging leader? Ego. No humbleness and no consideration of others.

Promote people based on their potential not just their past performance.

Tell me early (Tell me about the problem early. Tell me about it before it blows up.)

I’m the product of every circumstance, best and worst, and every person who has ever intersected with me.

Still Learning,


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