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

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George Washington has long been a role model for Americans. Legendsof his honesty and virtue are part of America's cultural heritage.But Washington's legacy is much greater than the apocryphal storyof the cherry tree. George Washington's Leadership Lessons offers aunique perspective on America's first president—not as acaricature of model behavior, but as an effective, visionary, andinspiring leader of men.

Far more than just an able military strategist, Washington was ...

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George Washington has long been a role model for Americans. Legendsof his honesty and virtue are part of America's cultural heritage.But Washington's legacy is much greater than the apocryphal storyof the cherry tree. George Washington's Leadership Lessons offers aunique perspective on America's first president—not as acaricature of model behavior, but as an effective, visionary, andinspiring leader of men.

Far more than just an able military strategist, Washington was acharismatic leader who inspired confidence in others whether he wasleading troops, leading the nation, or leading a business venture.Now, James Rees, Executive Director of Mount Vernon, plumbs thehistorical record to reveal how Washington developed his leadershipskills and built a reputation as an honest, effective, and ethicalleader.

Rees breaks down Washington's leadership skills into fifteenlessons that encapsulate great leadership and reveal why Washingtonwas so effective. Using stories from Washington's life, as well ashis own writings, Rees shows how these leadership skills aided himnot only on the battlefield but also in business. In addition tothe fifteen leadership lessons, Rees includes the Rules of Civilitythat helped Washington initially develop the qualities of a greatleader and a comprehensive look at one of the lesser-known sides ofGeorge Washington: the entrepreneur.

Few Americans realize that Washington's estate at Mount Vernonwas far more than a beautiful plantation—it was also the siteof the nation's largest whiskey distillery, a very sophisticatedmilling operation, and a remarkable fishery that netted 1.5 millionherring in a seven-week season. And who would have imagined thatthe founder of our country introduced the hard-working mule tohundreds of American farmers?

George Washington's Leadership Lessons presents a compelling andcomplex vision of Washington as a modern role model for everyAmerican, especially those who lead others. Offering true insightinto the unexamined leadership skills of a great American, thisunique and insightful book reveals true qualities of leadershipthat every American should take to heart.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470088876
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/22/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • 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 MountVer-non for the past thirteen years. He is also a former presidentof the Virginia Association of Museums and a past board member ofthe National Parks and History Foun-dation. He has previouslyworked at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and at theCollege of William & Mary.

Stephen Spignesi is the author of thirty-six nonfictionbooks 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 andDevelopment.

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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