George Washingtons Leadership Lessons: What the Father of Our Country Can Teach Us about Effective Leadership and Character by James ReesFrom James Rees, Executive Director of Mount Vernon, comes anenlightening guide to the leadership wisdom of Americas first great leader. George Washington was more than just an inspiring battlefield commander; he was critical to the founding and success of the United States ofAmerica. His leadership, his vision, and his courage united a war-torncountry and set the United States on the path to greatness. Washingtons historic contribution to this nation--his leadership and his character--are as relevant and valuable today as they have ever been.
This book reveals Washingtons character, his leadership, his vision, and most surprising of all, his business skills and acumen. Most people arent awarethat Washington, while all of the above, was also a successful businessman and visionary entrepreneur.
Exhibiting qualities sorely lacking in so many of our political and business leaders today, Washington remained steadfastly honest and ethical, following guiding principles that would benefit leaders around the world. George Washingtons Leadership Lessons reveals a man of true character, worthy of emulation not just in the realm of politics and war, but in allleadership positions.
Lessons in Leadership
George Washington has long been a role model for Americans. Legends of his honesty and virtue are part of America's cultural heritage. But Washington's legacy is much greater than the apocryphal story of the cherry tree. Far more than just an able military strategist, Washington was a charismatic leader who inspired confidence in others whether he was leading troops, leading the nation, or leading a business venture. Now, James Rees, Executive Director of Mount Vernon, plumbs the historical record to reveal how Washington developed his leadership skills and built a reputation as an honest, effective, and ethical leader.
On a cold, dark winter morning during the American Revolutionary War, General George Washington rode out of his encampment and noticed a group of soldiers desperately trying to put a log on the top of a wall they were building. The only thing stopping them from throwing in the towel was a corporal, who was barking orders. The general then dismounted and helped the infantrymen put the timber in place. After completing the job, this commander and chief told the men that if they needed any help again, just send for him. Why would Washington take time to help build a wall? Because the man who would become the Father of Our Country knew the war could not be won without the loyalty of his troops. And the way he created trustworthiness was through servant leadership.
Frequently bought together
When I reflect on my Mount Vernon experiences, I can sum them up with one phrase: life-changing opportunities. Mount Vernon has provided me with mentors, a strong network of lifelong friendships, and a vital understanding of how the history of George Washington and Mount Vernon transcends time and needs to be shared with others. At Mount Vernon, I was mentored by Dr. I witnessed how hard they work to share the Mount Vernon story, and they inspired me to incorporate some positive attributes of George Washington into my life, such as humility and leading with a strong sense of purpose. Through the program, I was also put in contact with global leaders, such as David Rubenstein and Admiral Michelle Howard. These leaders offered a myriad of personal advice, such as whether I should attend business school and how I can use my spirit for service to influence others on a large scale.
It is the fuel that propels them forward in life and leadership. It is the clay that they mold into purpose and action. We too should seek ambition and practice it. So why would I invite you to cultivate surrender, a quality that is the opposite of ambition? Washington displayed strong ambition from a young age. Though his origins were humble and he never received a college education, Washington distinguished himself in combat as a young officer in the Virginia militia, served the British with distinction in the Virginia Regiment during the French and Indian War, married a wealthy widow who catapulted him into Virginia's social elite, and acquired thousands of acres of land along the western frontier.