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More About This Title George Washington's Leadership Lessons: What theFather of Our Country Can Teach Us About Effective Leadership and Character
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.
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.
Preface: Footsteps to Follow xi
Introduction: The Mark of a Leader xxi
PART I Leadership Lessons 1
Leadership Lesson 1 A Leader Has Vision 3
Leadership Lesson 2 A Leader Is Honest 11
Leadership Lesson 3 A Leader Has Ambition 19
Leadership Lesson 4 A Leader Is Courageous 27
Leadership Lesson 5 A Leader Has Self-Control 33
Leadership Lesson 6 A Leader Takes Personal Responsibility 39
Leadership Lesson 7 A Leader Is Determined 47
Leadership Lesson 8 A Leader Has a Strong Work Ethic 53
Leadership Lesson 9 A Leader Uses Good Judgment 59
Leadership Lesson 10 A Leader Learns from Mistakes 69
Leadership Lesson 11 A Leader Is Humble 77
Leadership Lesson 12 A Leader Does the Research and Development 85
Leadership Lesson 13 A Leader Values Presentation 91
Leadership Lesson 14 A Leader Exceeds Expectations 99
Leadership Lesson 15 A Leader Has Heartfelt Faith 103
PART II The Rules of Civility 111
PART III George Washington, Entrepreneur 145
Selected Bibliography 195
About the Authors 201