By Paul Jacobson -- The death of former Secretary of State, National Security Advisor and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Colin Powell reminded me of a hard copy file stashed away from my days in Washington.
It’s a presentation by General Powell called “A Leadership Primer.” I can’t remember how it came into my possession except that I acquired it when I was on the communication staffs of Senators Dole and Rudman.
Some of the companies and people mentioned are not around anymore or in today’s business headlines. The internet was still relatively new, but his rules remain relevant today for anyone in a leadership position.
A copy of the presentation is on our web site. Probably a photocopy of a photocopy, it’s the antithesis of today’s standards for presentations with high visual content and little text, but the substance powers through with every word.
Here’s a brief summary of General Powell’s leadership rules, quoting directly from the presentation:
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