Favorite Quotations Colin Powell My American Journey

"Remain calm. Be kind." ~ Colin Powell

Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

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

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.

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

Don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.

Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age.

When we are debating an issue, loyalty means giving me your honest opinion, whether you think I'll like it or not. Disagreement, at this stage, stimulates me. But once a decision has been made, the debate ends. From that point on, loyalty means executing the decision as if it were your own.

When someone stumbles, I don't believe in stomping on him. My philosophy is "Pick 'em up, dust 'em off and get 'em moving again."

Our strategy in going after this army is very simple. First we are going to cut it off, and then we are going to kill it.

America stands ready to help any country that wishes to join the democratic world.

I am reminded of a saying we have in the Army: "Officers eat last!" Taking care of your soldiers is an act of stewardship.

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