There is a set of PowerPoint slides that have been making the rounds now for about 5+ years. The presentation is billed as “A Leadership Primer” by General Colin Powell. The content is actually pretty good, and the quotes in it probably did come from Colin Powell. I’m guessing that someone else put the pitch together, however. The file properties list “Dr. Rick M. Avramis” as the author. Another give-away is that Colin Powell’s picture is on every slide — probably not something he would have done. At any rate, it’s definitely worth a read. Thank you Dr. Avramis, wherever you may be!

Colin-Powell-on-Leadership.ppt

By the way, one of my favorite quotes in the presentation is actually from Barry Rand (Xerox)… He warned that if you have a yes-man working for you, one of you is redundant!