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The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell
Synopses & Reviews
Colin Powell has established an entirely new paradigm for leadership excellence. Through four U.S. presidents and countless world crises — including the current high-stakes campaign against global terror — the blunt-spoken four-star general has grown to become one of the world's most effective, bottom-line leaders.
The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell goes beyond other books to take an in-depth look into the foundations of Powell's compelling leadership style. With penetrating insight, it examines:
Describes the leadership principles developed by Secretary of State Colin Powell during his military career, and suggests ways that they can be applied in business, government, and other types of organizations.
The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, New York Times, and USA Today Business Bestseller!
WORDS, WISDOM, AND INSIGHTS FROM ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST COMMANDING FIGURES
Inspiration from the man who went from humble beginnings in Harlem to the office of Secretary of State
Colin Powell is the classic American success story. Born in Harlem to immigrant parents, Powell rose through the ranks of the U.S. military to become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a soft-spoken, steel-willed Desert Storm hero. Always seemingly one step ahead of both allies and competitors, he quickly became one of America's most trusted and beloved public icons, acknowledged for his courage, his compassion, and his ability to forge victory under the most trying circumstances.
The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell recounts Powell's core beliefs on leadership, negotiation, self-knowledge, and more. Based on an article written by Oren Harari after Harari met Powell and heard him speak, an article so compelling that it became the subject of a front-page feature in the Wall Street Journal, this leadership primer reveals the secrets and insights that made Colin Powell the success he is today. Short, snappy, and packed with Powell's depth and spirit, it will help readers inspire anyone to achieve extraordinary performance.
COLIN POWELL ON:
About the Author
Oren Harari, Ph.D.,is a professor of management at the McLaren Graduate School of Business, University of San Francisco. A prominent author, speaker, and consultant in the areas of competitive advantage, organizational change, and transformational leadership, Harari is the author or coauthor of six previous books, and has contributed to Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Industrial Relations, Small Business Reports, and numerous other professional publications.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Don't be afraid to "piss people off"
Chapter 3: Maintain distance between your ego and your position
Chapter 5: Look beyond the surface and face the truth
Part II: Powell on Strategy and Execution
Chapter 8: People-not plans-execute
Chapter 10: Beware of experts and elitists
Chapter 12: Talent-not resumes-drives performance
Part III: The Powell Character
Chapter 15: Optimism is a "force multiplier"
Chapter 17: Prepare for loneliness