“George Washington’s Leadership Lessons” by James C. Rees, former Executive Director of Mount Vernon is the book that I am sharing with all of the classes in their class meetings. Like the author, I believe that people are not born being leaders. Leadership is something that can be nurtured. Leadership is a skill and as such it can be defined and therefore can be cultivated. There is no doubt that George Washington believed this and worked at becoming a better leader throughout his lifetime, worked at improving his character throughout his lifetime.
To this point in the year we have looked at 9 of the traits that make one a successful leader by looking at what made Washington who he was, how he exhibited the traits of a leader.
A successful leader …
-Has a clear vision
- Is honest
- Is ambitious
- Is courageous
- Has self-control and discipline
- Is determined
- Has a strong work ethic
- Uses good judgment
- Learns from mistakes
By looking at Washington the man, we have found him to be not without flaws or failings. We are finding complex layers to his character and seeing so many facets of his life.
I am coming away with a greater appreciation and admiration of Washington as a leader and a much fuller sense of what it is to be a leader. I hope the students are as well.» read more