Thursday, July 28, 2011

Colin Powell on leadership

Lesson 4:  "Don't be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own backyard." 

Learn from the pros, observe them, seek them out as mentors and partners.  But remember that even the pros may have leveled out in terms of their learning and skills.  Sometimes even the pros can become complacent and lazy.  Leadership does not emerge from blind obedience to anyone.  Xerox's Barry Rand was right on target when he warned his people that if you have a yes-man working for you, one of you is redundant. Good leadership encourages everyone's evolution.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

These are great observations. It does make me wish that he could be our next president (whether Obama has a second term or not). And if he identified as a R again, so much the better, because the current field is woefully inadequate.