Happy President’s Day. Days like today make me ultra reflective. To some, it may seem like a completely ridiculous day that serves no meaning at all, but a hiccup in the banking and mail systems for the day. To some, today may be a day of remembrance. For the complacent, today is just another day, and the extra 8 hours off today is a great way to start the week. Today, I want to reflect on the leadership traits of President George Washington.
- Visionary. Think about where we would be today if our Founding Father’s did not fight to create, protect, and maintain our liberties. The American Revolution was necessary. Through the keen, specific, and end-in-sight dedication, our Founding Fathers preserved. That perseverance and vision for a nation that was created to establish the structure, boundaries, and safeguards to enable the pursuit of life, liberty, and justice. George Washington shared that vision, he fought for that vision, and he carried out that vision throughout his Presidency.
- Dedicated.Leadership cannot flip-flop on issues. Dedicated consistency and follow-through establishes rapport and builds trust. People need a leader that illustrates those factors and can steadfastly move forward
even in times of disbelief. This dedication shows purpose, motivation, and direction of cause, and within the scope of this article, a country. George Washington shared his dedication through his words, but more importantly his actions. He did not flip-flop on the issues so near and dear to our country. He simply dedicated his life to fighting for a cause and building a country that would aid the benevolent opportunities for citizens of the United States of America.
- Trenches. True leadership should not ask a man or woman to do something he or she would not be willing to do him or herself. To do the grunt work, to move forward when everything may be indicating otherwise, and to carry out what actions that need to happen. George Washington illustrated this behavior on and off of the battlefield, and throughout his presidency. As such, his behavior created a beloved persona, which again helped him as a leader and President.
- Humility. Staying humble in times of growth and power can be a stretch for some. However, one of the most poetic qualities of leadership is that of humility. The ability to connect with compassion the relatedness between everyone and everything and to exhibit gratitude toward all that has contributed. This aids in the level-headedness that aids in trust, rapport, and respect of peers, people, and society. George Washington provided such humility throughout his career as President.
In essence, President’s Day can serve as a day of remembrance. It helps one to reflect on the qualities of leadership
that have led our great country and continues to lead our great country. It may even help us to identify the qualities that have strengthened our nation, and reflect on our qualities as professionals and owners of organizations. Are we doing enough? How can we improve our leadership skills? Take the time to think of what our nation has gone through – the good, bad, and everything in between. Think of the leadership that has led us through those times. Think of the qualities and attributes that contributed to those times, and ask yourself, what can you do to improve your leadership skills and outcomes. See where that takes you.
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