Colin Powell’s 13 rules of leadership [REF]

“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 decisions. 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.”

 

 

Source:

It first published in 1989 in Parade Magazine.

 

Sidenote:

I am posting this here as a reference material. It’s 100% worth a read but this is not an endorsement or a personal piece of opinion nor an analysis. 

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So you want to change the world? Change how you communicate

Communication is at the heart of human relationships.

Human relationships is what allow us to build a common future.

If you want to change this common future you need to learn how to communicate about the future you want and why it should matter to others humans.

If they know why it matters, they will be more encline to listen how to get there.

Then, you will be able to tell them what to do to make this a reality.

 

For this to happen you need to learn to grind on your communication skills.

 

Create a vision – why it is worth bothering.

 

When the pain of staying in the current state is more than the pain of moving in – change will happen.

How is pain understood and evaluated is the result of your communication.

 

When the comfort of the current state is not as appealing that the drive for a new situation – change will happen.

How is this new situation understood is the result of your communication.

 

Movement itself require communication. To coordinate a mutual action, we need a common understanding of where we are all going and how we adjust to each other.

 

Without some well-communicated vision of the futur common-self toward which you want to lead your tribe, and some clearly-articulated arguments that will remember them all, each day why they keep investing in this cause, you won’t change a damn thing, because if you cannot change people’s mind – nothing can be changed on the long run.

 

Before you change the world, change how you communicate.