According to me, no leadership library is complete unless crowned with the classic book by General Colin Powell, It Worked for Me (Enhanced Edition): In Life and Leadership. I will go so far as to say that your library is deficient unless this book is present (and, of course, read and absorbed).
I was originally gifted this book by a former leader who exemplified the best leadership I had ever seen. Clearly, he embodied the spirit of what General Powell lived in leadership and life.
I read this book (read and/or listened to on audiobook), at least, once a year. The lessons he shares are timeless, applicable to any discipline, and worthy of being revisited frequently.
I list here his 13 Rules, present in this book. They are, by themselves, immensely useful. However, they are not a summary of the book. Seek out this instructional classic on leadership and life, if you’re desiring to grow into ever deeper/higher versions of yourself as a leader.
General Colin Powell’s Rules:
- 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. You may get it.
- Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
- You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
- Check small things.
- Share credit.
- Remain calm. Be kind.
- Have a vision. Be demanding.
- Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
- Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.