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Colin Powell's Secret of Leadership? Stay Yourself

In a new memoir, the four-star general opens up about Iraq, getting older — and how he met Elvis

AARP Interview wtih Colin Powell

Former U.S. Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell shares "Thirteen Rules" that have shaped his career. — Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

General Colin Powell's latest book, It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership, published in May, made news with its revelation that there was never any considered debate in the Bush administration about the war in Iraq. But the book has more to offer in the vivid experiences and lessons learned that have shaped the legendary public service career of the four-star general and former secretary of state. At its heart are Powell's "Thirteen Rules" — notes he gathered over the years and that now form the basis of his leadership presentations given throughout the world. Among them: "Get mad, then get over it" and "Share credit." The general answered a few questions for AARP. … Back to Article

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