Watch the brief video in which Colin Powell discusses the essence of leadership
then read the set of charts describing Colin Powell’s leadership lessons http://www.slideshare.net/willeetee/colin-powells-18-lessons-for-leaders
Answer the following questions:
1. Do you believe Colin Powell’s comments about “trust” being the essence of leadership are relevant to your work and personal leadership situations? Why or why not?
2. Colin Powell offers 18 lessons for leadership. Select one of those that most surprised you and explain why?
3. Colin Powell asserts that “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. Leaders who whine and blame engender those same behaviors among their colleagues.” Describe a situation in which you have seen this behavior. What happened as a result?
General Powell has a long and distinguished career as a successful military and political leader. Those of you who know little about him may want to find a brief biography on the Internet and become acquainted with him. The questions above are intended to prompt you to understand, and even to question, General Powell’s view of leadership. Ask yourself whether you find his view enlightening.
The Essence of Leadership
An excellent summation of the essence of leadership by General Colin Powell