Leaders establish trust, listen and need to check their ego at the door

Colin Powell leadership lessons

Here’s several principles Colin Powell shares in his book It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership as well as some that Oren Harari shares in his book recounting Powell’s leadership (The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell):

  • Be prepared to tick people off
  • Establish trust
  • Walk the talk
  • Pick the right people
  • Listen
  • Be vigilant in the details
  • Check your ego at the door
  • Let change lead growth
  • Seek consensus (but don’t be ruled by it)
  • Push the envelope
  • View people as partners
  • Trust those in the trenches
  • Make optimism a top priority
  • Strive for balance
  • Prepare to be lonely


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