It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership

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Powell, Colin

New York Times Bestseller
One of America’s most admired public figures reveals the unique lessons that shaped his life and career

It Worked for Me is filled with vivid experiences and lessons learned that have shaped the legendary public service career of four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. At its heart are Powell’s “Thirteen Rules,” illustrated by revealing personal stories that introduce and expand upon his principles for effective leadership: conviction, hard work, and, above all, respect for others.

Powell offers warm and engaging parables with wise advice for success. He combines the insights he has gained serving in the top ranks of the military and in four presidential administrations with the lessons he’s learned from his immigrant—family upbringing in the Bronx, his training in the ROTC, and his growth as an Army officer. The result is a powerful portrait of a leader who is reflective, self-effacing, and grateful for the contributions of everyone he works with—a brilliant and original blueprint for leadership.