A few years ago I saw an inspiring interview with Colin Powell. It made me realise that there is a lot to be learned from leaders in spheres of life a little removed from my own. As a result I read a great book in which the author summarises Powell’s insights into leadership, thereby forming what we might call axioms.
The Willow Creek Association have a post summarising the axioms as follows:
- It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
- Get mad, then get over it.
- Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
- It can be done.
- Be careful what you choose.
- Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
- You can’t make someone else’s choices.
- Check small things.
- Share credit.
- Remain calm. Be kind.
- Have a vision.
- Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
- Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier
If you want to read more, here is the book: