We end the week with a little wisdom shared by General Colin Powell. Among his many accolades is that he was the first Black officer to be named a four-star general commanding troops. This episode has nothing to do with his political beliefs or anything along those lines. He established and wrote about many times his 13 rules of effective leadership and we share them with all of you today. Check out the website for more info www.bcbousa.com


General Colin Powell had a compelling and complicated legacy. In addition to being the first Black officer to be named a four-star general commanding troops, he was also chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and eventually Secretary of State. Of course, his biggest legacy may be the way he pushed inaccurate intelligence information in support of the invasion of Iraq in the early 2000’s. However, in his also known for, especially in military circles, for his 13 rules of effective leadership. He used these rules to guide him and lead many people throughout the years. We share them with you today:

Rule No. 1: It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning. A wonderful rule to start with, since it encourages you to strip anxiety and fear from your decision-making.

Rule No. 2: Get mad, and then get over it. Anger is part of the normal range of human emotions. Better to feel it, acknowledge it, and let it go before it negatively affects your decision-making.

Rule No. 3: Don’t become so attached to an argument that if it fails, your ego goes with it.

Rule No. 4: It can be done. Always start out believing you can get it done until facts and analysis pile up against it. Have a positive and enthusiastic approach.

Rule No. 5: Be careful what you choose. You may get it.

Rule No. 6: Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.

Rule No. 7: You can’t make someone else’s decisions. (And don’t let others make yours.)

Rule No. 8: Check small things.

Rule No. 9: Share credit. People need recognition and a sense of worth as much as they need food and water.

Rule No. 10: Remain calm and be kind. Anxiety breeds anxiety; calm begets calm.

Rule No. 11: Have a vision.

Rule No. 12: Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.

Rule No. 13: Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

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