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Powell on Leadership

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General Colin PowellGeneral Colin Powell
Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Chiefs of Staff 
 A Leadership Primer  A Leadership Primer 
 
LESSON 1LESSON 1
"B
eing responsible sometimes means pissing people off.
""B
eing responsible sometimes means pissing people off.
"
Good leadership involves responsibility of group welfaresome people will get angry at your actions and decisions.It's inevitable, if you're honorable.Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity:you'll avoid the tough decisions,you'll avoid confronting the people who need to be confronted,and you'll avoid offering differential rewards based on differential performancebecause some people might get upset.Ironically, by procrastinating on the difficult choices, by trying not to get anyonemad, and by treating everyone equally "nicely" regardless of their contributions,you'll simply ensure that the only people you'll wind up angering are the mostcreative and productive people in the organization.
 
LESSON 2LESSON 2
"T
he day people stop bringing you their problems is the
"T
he day people stop bringing you their problems is theday you have stopped leading them.
T
hey have either lostday you have stopped leading them.
T
hey have either lostconfidence that you can help them or concluded that youconfidence that you can help them or concluded that youdo not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.
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do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.
"
The majority of CEOs would fail in litmus test.Barriers to upward communication mar the very idea of looking up to the leaderfor help as ludicrous.corporate culture often defines help as weakness or failure,People cover up their gaps, and the organization suffers accordingly.Real leaders make themselves accessible and available.Show concern for the efforts and challenges faced by underlings, even as theydemand high standards.These leaders are more likely to create an environment where problem analysisreplaces blame.

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