Colin Powell Leadership Insights:
1. Promote Clash of Ideas – Leaders has to give them the opportunity to speak their piece, without fear of retribution. “The day soldiers stop bringing you problems, is the day you stopped leading them.”
2. Don’t’ go looking for “NO” – you don’t know what you can get away with until you try. Don’t ask for permission, just do what needs to be done. Mediocre managers carried out orders and waited for a new one. While the best managers experimented with new techniques, tried out new things with their teams often without asking anyone’s permission, that is, without being irresponsible or insubordinate.
3. Challenge the Professionals – Keep looking below surface appearances. Don’t shrink from doing so just because you might not like what you find.
4. Don’t Forget the Execution – A plan is only as powerful as the zeal to execute. There is little essence in laying out a battle plan unless you are prepared to pursue it with complete commitment. Execution matters.
5. Pay Attention to Details – If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you have to develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is the prevailing attitude.
6. Let Situation Dictate Strategy – Have the precise understanding of the situation at hand. Methods require flexibility and imagination, and the willingness to embrace change.
7. Trust those in the Trenches– The people in the field is closest to the problem, closest to the situation. Therefore that is where the real wisdom is.
8. Be optimistic – don’t let adverse facts stand in a way of a good decision. Never step on enthusiasm. Great leaders inspire a sense of hope and confidence, even under the most trying circumstances, and that is why they are needed so badly.
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