Last week former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell, passed away after battling multiple myeloma, Parkinson’s disease, and complications from COVID-19.
Powell was generally admired and respected by Democrats and Republicans alike. His 13 rules of leadership were first published in 1989 in Parade Magazine. They were discussed in detail in his 2012 memoir, It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership. The 13 rules have been universally lauded, and often shared.
Powell’s list is not just excellent advice for leaders, but good guidelines for all of us to live by.
Colin Powell’s 13 Rules For Leaders
♦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.
♦Remain calm. Be kind.
♦Have a vision. Be demanding.
♦Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
♦Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
While we didn’t do it, it wouldn’t be difficult to find a Bible verse or principle that these rules embody. Think how you might apply these in your daily life either as a preacher, pastor, spiritual leader, or disciple of Christ.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman