This book has some very solid principles for leadership that might not be know to a new leader. I think anyone who has been recently promoted to a leadership position should hear this book. Having Gen Powell read it himself makes it that much better.
There are certainly enough experiences in this book to fit anyone. It's a bounus having Powell read his own book as he's a great reader.
Always fascinating to hear the personal perspective of someone who has been so close to political power and at the centre of world affairs. For example he spends some time on the whole WMD thing and it's interesting to go behind the scenes on that issue.At times a bit preachy but still a very worthwhile listen and while this was not strictly a biography there is enough personal history to make the experience enjoyable.
Anyone interested in world affairs and the lives of significant people
While his life story was very interesting and I enjoyed it, I found him telling the same story over and over in different contexts.
His fairness to all his subordinates and how he treated all people.
Gen. Powell has retired from a long and exemplary career. This book is an accurate reminder of how a leader needs to constantly be concerned with his/her personal improvement. Gen. Powell does an excellent job of communicating these points in an interesting, story telling style.
EXCELLENT READ. Just relax and enjoy the stories - you will accidentally learn how to improve yourself.
When there are so many authors like Gen. Powell who advocate and prove that knowledge, leadership, fairness, and judgement are extremely important, you wonder how so many upper level managers in this country get to and keep their positions. Once again, it is shown that leaders who know their respective fields make the best decisions for their company, themselves, and those around them.
There are some inspiring parts but I think my expectations were too high.
IT Specialist, Panama Canal.
This is a good book.I did read the advices given within this book and put them into practice……now I can say: It works for me also!!
I am very surprised about the leadership insights from Colin Powell. His book is excellent and has a great balance between practical insights into leadership with examples and stories everybody who followed the news in the 2000s can relate to.
Narration is great as well.
I enjoy history, biographys, and nerdy/ dorky things.
The fact of Colin Powell narrating the book himself.
Attempting to resolve an issue with Spain and Morocco quickly so, he can go out and play with his grand-kids.
How a man of such humble beginnings, son of immigrants, moping floor at a Pepsi plant, could rise to such a high level is a testament of why America is so great.
This is not a biography. Sure he highlights important facts and dates but this his Colin Powell giving advice. Colin Powell is a hero of mine, and after reading this book even more so. His leadership/ life advice is second to none.
Well - I don't usually listen to any books twice - but if I had this in hard copy I would surely keep it on my bookshelf as a reference guide for leadership. He takes us through key points in his career - from a young Army infantry officer in Viet Nam - General and Secretary of State. Along the way, he describes key decisions he had to make, and the reasons behind them. I thought this was one of the better books on leadership I read. One could easily use the same approaches in most situations in business.