Colin Powell and when to follow the leader
Powell's one hour in a packed field house was interesting if a bit rambling. He talked about what it's like being a relatively ordinary citizen after being a VIP who had gotten used to literally receiving the red carpet treatment, about public service and about leadership.
However, he didn't just talk about leaders. He emphasized that it's the "followers" who get the job done, and that these people need direction and deserve recognition.
He didn't get into any heavy or specific issues, like what he told President Bush about going to war in Iraq.
But the general did address, in general terms, how a person can reconcile disagreeing with his boss's course of action. First, he said, it is the person's obligation to give his honest opinion. Then it is the person's obligation to abide by the boss's decision, whether he agrees with it or not, or to step down if he finds the decision morally repugnant.