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Richard Armitage Fondly Recalls Colin Powell’s Tenacity to Lead
Mr. Armitage, who was the first guest speaker at Mr. Powell’s funeral ceremony, was his closest friend after serving alongside him in the Vietnam War. Mr. Powell later chose Mr. Armitage to be his deputy secretary of state.
One day, I asked General Powell, I think he was a major general at the time, I said, “What’s the secret to leadership? How do you know a good leader?” He said, “Well, you know, you can see some people and they look great. They look STRAC in a uniform. But the fact of the matter is that they can’t lead a horse to water. There are other people who look like an unmade bed. And yet, they can lead people anywhere.” And he said, “The trade I guess you’d want to see in a leader is someone whose troops would follow him or her anywhere.”
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