It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day drama of Washington D.C. The political infighting and petty squabbles are enough to drive anyone insane. Trust me, I have a front row seat.
Recently, I’ve found myself thinking a lot about Colin Powell. He was one of our very best; a true soldier-statesman who embodied lifelong service.
When he passed away a few weeks ago, I read his 13 Rules of Leadership, as delivered at his funeral, and thought they had great relevance for a time when our differences seem so serious.
So here they are:
- It ain’t as bad as you think! It will look better in the morning.
- Get mad and then get over it.
- Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
- It can be done.
- Be careful what you choose. You may get it.
- Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
- You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
- Check small things.
- Share credit.
- Remain calm. Be kind.
- Have a vision. Be demanding.
- Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
- Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
I decided to run for office because I wanted to solve problems.
I’ve found that when we’re able to embody these principles — to check our egos, set aside our small differences, and keep a sense of optimism — that we can deliver the best results for the American people.