Gen. Colin Powell Brings Leadership to Life at Westmont President’s Breakfast; Former military chief and secretary of state says America can overcome its challenges, but notes that leaders must inspire followers to come along

Westmont College spends a great deal of time talking and thinking about the importance of leadership. The private, Christian liberal arts school in the Montecito foothills instills in its students — and demands of itself — the principles of leadership that create a culture of character and integrity in both public and private life.

Retired Gen. Colin Powell, a highly decorated four-star Army general and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as a former secretary of state, was the very embodiment of leadership as he rose to the top echelons of military, political and diplomatic power.

In talking about the federal sequester that went into effect Friday, Colin Powell said the lack of political leadership is “unthinkable. You couldn’t run a 7-Eleven the way we’re running this country.” (Brad Elliott photo / Westmont College)

So it was fitting that the paths would intersect Friday at the Eighth Annual Westmont President’s Breakfast, held before an audience of nearly 800 guests at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara. more

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