Colin Powell, fully Colin Luther Powell

Colin
Powell, fully Colin Luther Powell
1937

American Four Star General, Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Advisor, Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command

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Free speech is intended to protect the controversial and even outrageous word; and not just comforting platitudes too mundane to need protection.

You don't know what you can get away with until you try.

Too often we act - ask our schools to be truant officers, our teachers to be truant officers, because we're giving them children who have, you know, they're not ready to learn. And if they're not ready to learn by the third grade, they know they're behind.

The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort.

Never neglect details. When everyone's mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant.

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.

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.

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.

Experts often possess more data than judgment.

Don't bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself.

Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work learning from failure.

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Colin
Last Name
Powell, fully Colin Luther Powell
Birth Date
1937
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American Four Star General, Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Advisor, Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command