George Washington On Leadership

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 4/13/2009
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group
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In 1799, at the end of George Washington's long life and illustrious career, the politician Henry Lee eulogized him as: "First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen." Esteemed historian Richard Brookhiser now adds to this list, "First in leadership," examining the lessons to be learned from our first president, first commander-in-chief, and founding CEO.With wit and skill, Brookhiser expertly anatomizes true leadership with lessons from Washington's three spectacularly successful careers as an executive: general, president, and tycoon. In every area of endeavor, Washington maximized his strengths and overcame his flaws. Brookhiser shows how one man's struggles and successes two centuries ago can serve as a modeland an inspirationfor leaders today.

Author Biography

Richard Brookhiser is the author of What Would the Founders Do?: Our Questions, Their Answers, Founding Father—Rediscovering George Washington, and Alexander Hamilton, America. He is a senior editor of National Review, and a contributor to Time. He wrote and hosted Rediscovering George Washington, a film by Michael Pack, which aired on PBS and appears frequently on the History Channel. Brookhiser lives in New York City.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
A Note on Style and Spellingp. xi
Introduction: Founding CEOp. 1
Start-upsp. 11
Strategyp. 23
The Futurep. 37
Small Stuffp. 47
Management Stylep. 55
Communicationp. 71
Timingp. 81
Unusual Peoplep. 87
Troublemakersp. 99
Superiors and Subordinatesp. 113
Failure and Betrayalp. 121
Enemiesp. 133
Alliesp. 139
Sex ... and Drugsp. 147
Courtesyp. 155
Bringing Out the Bestp. 161
Personnelp. 165
Identify Your Strengthsp. 169
Build Your Strengthsp. 185
Avoid Weaknessesp. 199
Control Your Flawsp. 213
Successionp. 227
Conclusion: We Must Take Menp. 235
Notesp. 239
Bibliographyp. 253
Indexp. 257
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