Colin Powell

People ask me, Where did your leadership training come from? I am sometimes reluctant to admit that everything I did in 35 years in the service I learned as a brand new second lieutenant.

I was taught to think about mission and people.

Mission. What are you trying to accomplish? Don’t do anything until you know what the mission is. Drilled into our hearts and into our heads.

People. The only way to accomplish a mission is through those troops entrusted to your care. It’s not you. It’s not the organization. It’s not any plan you have. At the end of the day, it’s some soldier who will go up a hill and correct your mistakes and take that hill.

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