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Colin Powell - A Famous Leader

Colin Powell - A Famous Leader

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  • 1. Colin Powell A Famous Leader Power Point Presentation by Barrett Hampton AMS 590-Operations Leadership December 5th, 2013
  • 2. Colin Powell A little background  Born in Harlem, NY in April of 1937.  Raised by immigrant parents in Bronx.  Education:  BS in Geology 1958 from City College of NY  MBA in 1971 from George Washington Uni. (Powell, 1995)
  • 3. “You will find an open style, you will find me bouncing in, you will find me wanting to talk to desk officers” –Colin Powell (Harari, p.38, 2002) Colin Powell’s reputation for being informed by those at the ground level is one of the more admirable traits of his leadership style. While most likely derived from his military background this same approach can be used in all avenues of life.
  • 4. Rising through the Ranks          ROTC during undergrad years (1954-58) 2nd Lieutenant 1958 1962 Military Advisor in Vietnam Promoted to Major (1966) Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel (1969) Full Colonel (1973) Brigade General (1978) Lieutenant General (1986) 4 Star General (1989) (Powell, 1995)
  • 5. Increased Responsibilities      1st ARVN Division Headquarters - Advisor Fort Benning – Infantry Trainer South Korea – Commander 1st Battalion 101st Airborne – Lead Division Officer Fort Carson - Asst. Division Commander (Powell, 1995)
  • 6. Powell’s Five Principles on Communications      Maintain a real, no b.s. open-door policy. Foster a noisy system. Use every means to encourage communication, never let hierarchy get in the way. Use technology to improve communication Treat turf wars as the enemy of communication. (Harari, 2002)
  • 7. “I am what I am. If that sometimes puts me at odds with others, then well, fine.” –Colin Powell (Harari, p.103, 2002) The first and primary task to be sought out by any leader is achievement (Powell, 2012). Achievement oriented decisions are what worked for him in five very different White House administrations.
  • 8. Leading through Changes Consistent Achievement creates Consistent Reliability
  • 9. Working with Presidential Administrations Nixon: White House Fellow in the Office of Management and Budget  Carter: Senior Assistant to deputy secretary of defense.  Reagan: Senior Military Assistant  G.H.W. Bush: Chairman of Joint Chiefs  Clinton: Chairman of Joint Chiefs  G.W. Bush: Secretary of State  (Powell, 2012)
  • 10. Powell’s Four Principles on Challenge     Challenge the pros to get better solutions. Emphasize dignity, respect, and honor while disagreeing. Be Patient. Build a setting in which all feel free to speak out. (Harari, 2002)
  • 11. “Leadership will always require people who are able to organize the effort of (others) to accomplish the objectives that flow from the vision” –Colin Powell (Harari, p.126, 2002) These words are a reflection of the style approach in which Colin Powell leads. His intent is that a leader should understand that it takes all people involved to achieve goals and that the ability to focus them is the core of leadership.
  • 12. Powell’s Principles on People      Count on people more than plans or structures. Assume that people are competent, and that every job counts, until proven otherwise. Spend at least 50% of your time on people. View people as partners, regardless of their place in hierarchy. Become a servant leader. Work for your people. (Harari, 2002)
  • 13. Servant Leadership  Servant leaders put their people’s needs before their own (Northouse, 2013).    Can have a lasting positive effect Decisions are grounded in ethics Colin Powell’s perception on leaders is that they are nothing without their followers (Powell, 2012).   Once took 20 minutes just to say thank you to State employees at Israeli airport. Historically known to push hard for employee training & management development.
  • 14. Powell Points on Picking People         Intelligence Judgment Capacity to anticipate Loyalty Integrity High energy Balanced ego Drive to get things done (Harari, 2002)
  • 15. Powell’s Leadership Belief “The leader sets an example. Whether in the Army or in civilian life, the other people in the organization that their cue from the leader—not from what the leader says but from what the leader does” –Colin Powel (Harari, p.249, 2002).
  • 16. What’s in a Title? Colin Powell is known for not placing a lot of value on fancy titles. There are plenty of non-leaders that may be listed higher up on an organizational chart but they usually have little to no influence on others around them (Powell, 2012).
  • 17. Just a few awards for Excellence       1st Purple Heart – Injured in Vietnam War 2nd Purple Heart – Pulled 2 people from helicopter crash Bronze Star Presidential Citizens Medal National Defense Service Medal Presidential Metal of Freedom (1991, 93)
  • 18. Parting Principles     Strive for Balance (Work, Home, Family) Have fun in your command Don’t clock hours for hours’ sake (take earned leave) Make it a priority to create a balanced, fun environment for others (work hard, play hard) (Harari, 2002)
  • 19. Why Colin Powell? Colin Powell rose up from a modest living to become one of the world’s most recognized American leader. His consistent actions were always in line with his words. This type of approach not only earned him many awards and recognitions but it has lasted through many Whitehouse administrations. He is arguably the best living example of leadership in America.
  • 20. “Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off” –Colin Powell (Harari, p.30, 2002) References Harai, O. (2002). The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell. New York, NY: McGraw-Hil Northouse, P. G. (2013). Leadership: Theory and practice (6th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc Powell, C., Persico, J. (1995). My American Journey. New York, NY: Random House Powell, C., Kotzen, T. (2012). It worked for me: In life and leadership. NY: Harper.

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