Colin Powell Tells Agents: America Needs More Investment in Education

May 8, 2006

Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) told a gathering of independent insurance agents that the country should invest more in education.

Powell, a former Secretary of State in the Bush Administration, also discussed the importance of America remaining open-minded.

“Our greatest strength in fighting terrorism is our openness,” said Powell. “As long as we, as a country and as individuals, remain faithful and open to our values, the terrorists will never win.”

Powell was speaking before members of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) during the association’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

“We have some of the best universities and colleges in the world,” said Powell. “But the government has to do a better job with elementary schools, junior highs, and earlier education. America must make a greater investment in our education system.”

He reminded agents that America is respected around the globe.

“America still is respected and trusted,” said Powell. “We still are that great America. People in other countries may sometimes disagree with our leaders and policies, but we still are great.”

Powell also addressed what makes a strong leader.

“Leadership is all about followership,” said Powell. “The leaders inspire the followers. Great leaders give followers a sense of purpose, a mission, a vision, and inspiration.”

General Powell’s speech was a highlight of the Big “I” National Legislative Conference & Convention.

Source: IIABA

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