Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, November 17, 2015 – Colin Powell
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”
“Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.”
“Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age.”
“Don’t bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself.”
“Experts often possess more data than judgment.”
“Fit no stereotypes. Don’t chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team’s mission.”
“Get mad, then get over it.”
“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.”
“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”
“Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”
“Never neglect details. When everyone’s mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant.”
“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.”
“Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing.”
“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”
“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.”
“Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.”
“The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.”
“The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise.”
COLIN POWELL’S 13 RULES OF LEADERSHIP
1. It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
2. Get mad, then get over it.
3. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that, when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
4. It can be done!
5. Be careful what you choose, you may get it.
6. Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
7. You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
8. Check small things.
9. Share credit.
10. Remain calm. Be kind.
11. Have a vision. Be demanding.
12. Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”
10 Leadership Tenets from Colin Powell, Stanford Business School
1. Successful leaders know how to define their mission, convey it to their subordinates and ensure they have the right tools and training needed to get the job done.
2. “Leadership is all about people…and getting the most out of people.”
3. Leaders should never show fear or anger. “You have to have a sense of optimism.”
4. Effective leaders are made, not born. They learn from trial and error, and from experience.
5. Leadership is about conveying a sense of purpose in a selfless manner and creating conditions of trust while displaying moral and physical courage.
6. A false leader is someone who fails to get the necessary resources for his or her staff to do their jobs.
7. “The best leaders are those who can communicate upward the fears and desires of their subordinates, and are willing to fight for what is needed. If not, the organization will weaken and crumble.”
8. When something fails, a true leader learns from the experience and puts it behind him. “You don’t get reruns in life. Don’t worry about what happened in the past.”
9. Good leaders must know how to reward those who succeed and know when to retrain, move, or fire ineffective staff.
10. “You know you’re a good leader when people follow you out of curiosity.”
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