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George Washington's Leadership Lessons: What the Father of Our Country Can Teach Us About Effective Leadership and Character Hardcover – January 22, 2007
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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.
Rees breaks down Washington's leadership skills into fifteen lessons that encapsulate great leadership and reveal why Washington was so effective. Using stories from Washington's life, as well as his own writings, Rees shows how these leadership skills aided him not only on the battlefield but also in business. In addition to the fifteen leadership lessons, Rees includes the Rules of Civility that helped Washington initially develop the qualities of a great leader and a comprehensive look at one of the lesser-known sides of George Washington: the entrepreneur.
Few Americans realize that Washington's estate at Mount Vernon was far more than a beautiful plantationit was also the site of the nation's largest whiskey distillery, a very sophisticated milling operation, and a remarkable fishery that netted 1.5 million herring in a seven-week season. And who would have imagined that the founder of our country introduced the hard-working mule to hundreds of American farmers?
George Washington's Leadership Lessons presents a compelling and complex vision of Washington as a modern role model for every American, especially those who lead others. Offering true insight into the unexamined leadership skills of a great American, this unique and insightful book reveals true qualities of leadership that every American should take to heart.
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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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The second part of the book is a look at Washington's "Rules of Civility," along with annotation for select rules illustrating how it was employed - or ignored - in modern times.
The third part of the book will really be an eye-opener for lots of people: it is a lengthy, meticulously researched look at George Washington as an entrepreneur. Many people are not aware that Washington had an enormous fishing enterprise at Mount Vernon, or that he was a distiller, or an aggressive real estate investor, or that he routinely experimented with crops to improve productivity.
There's no denying George Washington was a leader. He was, after all, the United States' first President. But now, with GEORGE WASHINGTON'S LEADERSHIP LESSONS, we are given a comprehensive look at just how he exercised his leadership, and how we can learn from his efforts. Recommended.
I should have known that the late Jim Rees would offer good insight into Washington's character and thinking, and that his book would be a well-documented history, full of good leadership advice.
George Washington's Leadership Lessons is an excellent book and I like it.
This book provides a well-written, concise overview of George Washington focusing on his leadership qualities and their relevance to our modern society. It is, in essence, a highly-condensed biography of Washington arranged topically. As the author states in his preface, he is trying to counteract what he perceives in our society as a deplorable decline in interest in history in general -- and in Washington in particular. He has written a book that he hopes will prick the interest of the masses and start a revivial of interest in our first president.
Not surprisingly, the author is overwhelmingly positive in his opinion of his subject -- but who isn't when it comes to Washington? However, he does touch on some of Washington's more human foibles -- he married Martha for her money when he really loved someone else, he owned slaves, he was exacting and short-tempered, he was insecure about his lack of formal education. But these issues are presented and explained in such a way that they are all forgivable, especially when viewed in the context of the times in which Washington lived. It is hard to believe that any human could have been such an exemplary paragon, but apparently Washington was. I haven't read a lot of American history, so I'm definitely no expert here, but there seem to be few scholars who have much of anything negative to say about him. Once every century or so a person of such sterling character rises to the front of the world stage, making an indelible mark on history, and George Washington seems to have been just such a man.Read more ›
A meaningful life is not so complex few people CAN understand it,
it is so straightforward few WILL understand it.
Leave the philosophers in closed rooms where they can do the least damage.
Washington's leadership precepts are so valuable to instill at an early age as to be required reading for every American grammar school.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
EXCELLENT book about the Father of our country. EVERY CITIZEN, and anyone who would want to be a citizen, should have to read this book.Published 7 months ago by Roger H.
It wasn't too long, and was very easy to understand. Yet, it provoked deep meditation on self improvement and reflection on todays leaders.Published 23 months ago by LuLaRoe
I just love this book. I am a history buff and love famous quotes. You can actually use some of his ettiquite teachings in todays time. It really makes alot of sense. Read morePublished on August 5, 2010 by Lois I. Cazinha
This was an entertaining and interesting book. I feel that the author may have come across as somewhat more definitive and authoritative about General Washington's personal traits... Read morePublished on July 21, 2010 by GW Fan
Amazing insight into the young mind and perspective of America's first president. I learned some quite interesting things from this book. Read morePublished on October 12, 2009 by Marco