George Washington's Leadership Lessons: What the Father of Our Country Can Teach Us About Effective Leadership and Character

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From James Rees, Executive Director of Mount Vernon, comes anenlightening guide to the leadership wisdom of America's 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. Washington's historic contribution to this nation—his leadership and his character—are as relevant and ...

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Overview

From James Rees, Executive Director of Mount Vernon, comes anenlightening guide to the leadership wisdom of America's 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. Washington's historic contribution to this nation—his leadership and his character—are as relevant and valuable today as they have ever been.

This book reveals Washington's character, his leadership, his vision, and most surprising of all, his business skills and acumen. Most people aren't 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 Washington's Leadership Lessons reveals a man of true character,worthy of emulation not just in the realm of politics and war, but in allleadership positions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470088876
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/22/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 381,113
  • Product dimensions: 5.85 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

James C. Rees has been the Executive Director of Mount Ver-non for the past thirteen years. He is also a former president of the Virginia Association of Museums and a past board member of the National Parks and History Foun-dation. He has previously worked at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and at the College of William & Mary.

Stephen Spignesi is the author of thirty-six nonfiction books and one acclaimed novel.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Footsteps to Follow.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: The Mark of a Leader.

PART I: Leadership Lessons.

Leadership Lesson 1: A Leader Has Vision.

Leadership Lesson 2: A Leader Is Honest.

Leadership Lesson 3: A Leader Has Ambition.

Leadership Lesson 4: A Leader Is Courageous.

Leadership Lesson 5: A Leader Has Self-Control.

Leadership Lesson 6: A Leader Takes Personal Responsibility.

Leadership Lesson 7: A Leader Is Determined.

Leadership Lesson 8: A Leader Has a Strong Work Ethic.

Leadership Lesson 9: A Leader Uses Good Judgment.

Leadership Lesson 10: A Leader Learns from Mistakes.

Leadership Lesson 11: A Leader Is Humble.

Leadership Lesson 12: A Leader Does the Research and Development.

Leadership Lesson 13: A Leader Values Presentation.

Leadership Lesson 14: A Leader Exceeds Expectations.

Leadership Lesson 15: A Leader Has Heartfelt Faith.

PART II: The Rules of Civility.

PART III: George Washington, Entrepreneur.

Notes.

Selected Bibliography.

Resources.

About the Authors.

Index.

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  • Posted November 27, 2008

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    How George Washington exemplified leadership

    This book is rich with colorful vignettes, interesting facts and fascinating lore about George Washington, the first president of the United States. Author James C. Rees (writing with Stephen Spignesi) is both blessed and burdened with an abundance of facts, stories, quotes and tidbits of trivia about Washington. The author works mightily to correlate illustrative incidents from Washington¿s life with character lessons for today¿s corporate executives. Unfortunately, the connections are often a little forced, although the narrative remains interesting. Some of the things that Rees includes are fresh and valuable, such as his sidebar about Washington¿s Revolutionary War spy ring. But others are less compelling, like the verbatim rundown on all 110 of the civility rules that the Jesuits developed in the 1500s to instruct young men. They have passing relevance, in that as a child Washington copied them in longhand so he could memorize them. Yet many of the arcane dictums seem to have little to do with the famed general¿s life or character. Still, this intriguing, easy read provides a fond, useful lens for seeing Washington as a remarkable leader and a leadership role model on many levels. If your goal is to learn about leadership, getAbstract believes that George Washington has a lot to teach.

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