Colin Powell spoke at the Willow Creek Leadership Summit this year and after hearing him speak, I picked up his book and accompanying audio version. Listening to It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership read by the author felt like I was sitting down with with Colin Powell talking about life over a cup of coffee. The book starts with Powell’s 13 Rules and then moves through various personal reflective stories that teach, encourage, and inspire one to be a better leader. Powell tells his formational stories in a humble, lighthearted way that entertains yet mentors one to be a better person and leader.
As a military leader, anyone of the forty-four chapters are worth the price of the book and the time it takes to go through it. This book will stretch and encourage you to become a better leader. If you have not reflected on Powell’s 13 rules they are worth thinking about. Check out the video below as he explains the importance of rule #1 and #13.
The book is divided into 6 parts.
Part 1: The Rules Powell discusses his 13 rules, how they came to be and a story or antidote associated each.
Part 2: Know Yourself, Be Yourself is autobiographical as Powell reflects on his life and personal experiences.
Part 3: Take Care of the Troops is about how leaders must care for their followers and set a positive example.
Part 4: Fast Times in the Digital World is reflections of technology and media in government. There is a very helpful chapter on doing new interviews.
Part 5: Getting to 150 Percent Powell highlights principles of working with a team and the need for rest and perspective.
Part 6: Reflections Powell concludes by discussing some events that are well known, some mistakes that he has made, things he would do different and various misc. encouraging stories.
Check Colin Powell’s It Worked For Me out today. You will be glad you did!
- After you read the 13 rules which one stood out to you?
- What are somethings you have learned from Colin Powell from this book or from other things you have heard or read?