Gen. Colin L. Powell Speaks at Safelite National
February 2, 2010
U.S. Secretary of State and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.) spoke during Safelite Auto Glasss
national leadership conference in Orlando, Fla., in early January.
Speaking to an audience of more than 600, Powell reflected on his
transition from Secretary of State to being just another guy,
according to a company statement. Powell revealed that his leadership
strategies were ones he first learned in the infantry, including
Leaders dont get it done, its the followers that
get it done.
The essence of all leadership is to build bonds of trust
among the followers and leaders so they are functioning in a relationship
so you get things done, said General Powell. Its
all about caring for human beings. Its all about believing
in human beingsthe ones that work for you and the ones that
you are serving.
Powell, the retired four-star U.S. Army general who was the nation's
top diplomat during President Bush's first term, discussed how individuals
can emulate the leadership skills necessary to remain focused, take
responsibility and work toward improving processes within organizations.
He covered strategies for practicing true leadership and motivating
during times of great change while focusing on essential skills
leaders share such as honesty, investing in and trusting the team
and maintaining a vision.
Leadership is one of our key initiatives in delivering extraordinary
results to our customers so we wanted a guest speaker who could
engage with us in the critical importance of leadership, said
Tom Feeney, president and CEO of Safelite AutoGlass. We are
beyond thrilled that General Powell, one of the most admired leaders
in the world, as well as a humanitarian, was able to share his methods
of successful leadership.
Powells speaking engagements are handled by the Washington
Speakers Bureau® (WSB), according to the organizations
website. His fees vary based on location, according to the WSB.
Various online sources, however, noted that his fees can sometimes
soar as high as $100,000.
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