Colin Powell on leadership

I happened to see this Colin Powell quote in a PM Network magazine I picked up on a flight to Virginia today.

Leadership is all about problem-solving. In the military, there is a lot of discussion about where a leader should be on the battlefield. Should the leader be up front where it’s possible to be a quick casualty, or should the person be at the rear?

The correct answer is that you should be at the point of a decision. You should be where you can make the most difference.

The trick of leadership is being in the right place at the right time.

This is a great quote … it helps me clarify how involved and hands-on (or off) I need to be in terms of the hundreds of projects that my team works through in a given year.