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Colin Powell’s maddening viewpoint

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People who work with former Secretary of State Colin Powell report that he’s a perfect gentleman who’s always polite, attentive and civil. Yet, he also drives people crazy with his laser-like focus on excellence.

Powell himself admits that trait when he says: “Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.”

Example: Powell singles out excellent people for special recognition, even though that riles everyone else. He knows that if leadership becomes a popularity contest, mediocrity follows right behind.

— Adapted from Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell, Oren Harari, McGraw-Hill.

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