Colin L. Powell has inspired many leaders to reflect on their leadership skills and to demonstrate the true values of the term leader. I can achieve further in my career and influence others by applying these lessons I have learned from General Powell's 18 Lessons of Leadership (2011). The most valuable lessons change through a variety of learning process. We perceive problems whenever circumstances do not conform to the way we think things ought to be. Learn from the pros, observe them, seek them out as mentors and partners (Powell et al., 2011).