One of my favorite Army Generals of all time is Colin Powell. He was a brilliant tactician and leader. After finishing a very successful military career as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he went on to serve as the Secretary of State for the United States. He also held several other important duties with charities and served on the board of numerous organizations. In addition, he went on to write several books. In the paragraphs below I want share a list of books by Colin Powell.
To the best of my knowledge, Colin Powell authored four books of his own, to include:
- It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership
- My American Journey
- A Soldier’s Way: An Autobiography
- In His Own Words: Colin Powell
Most of his books are either stories about his life or helpful leadership lessons. I have not read any of the four books mentioned above, but I intend on reading My American Journey this year (2013). Once I finish that one, I will check out some of his other books.
There are also many books about Colin Powell by different authors. Some of those books include:
- The Powell Principles: 24 Lessons from Colin Powell, a Battle-Proven Leader by Orren Harari
- The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell by Orren Harari
- Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell by Karen DeYoung
- The Powell principles by Orren Harari
- Colin Powell: A Political Biography by Christopher O’Sullivan
- Colin Powell by Howard Means
Of these six books, I have only read The Powell Principles: 24 Lessons from Colin Powell, a Battle-Proven Leader. I’ve read that book twice and really enjoyed it both times.
I’ve always believed that we can learn a lot by studying other successful people. If you’re trying to advance your career, and learn how to be a better military leader, I highly suggest you read some books by Colin Powell. The most powerful thing is that you can spend 20-30 hours reading a book and learning lessons that it took him a lifetime to learn! That’s why I enjoy reading biographies and auto-biographies of successful military leaders.
In conclusion, there are many books by Colin Powell available anywhere books are sold. Colin Powell was one of the most successful and respected Army Generals and politicians of all time. If you are an Army Officer, you might want to read a few of his books so you can learn from his wisdom and experience.