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By Doug Van Dyke, Leadership Simplified, www.leadershipsimplified.com
My favorite president is George Washington. When I was a kid we used to celebrate his birthday. It was considered a national holiday. School, the day before the holiday, was always fun. We would dress up as George Washington and/or wear something patriotic. Then, the entire day was spent learning about or reinforcing our knowledge of the “Father of our Country.” I always enjoyed those events, and cherish the knowledge I gained as a result.
Today, George Washington’s birthday has been relegated to a bland and nebulous President’s Day. In addition, it does not appear that children are being properly exposed to George’s accomplishments. As a result, in a recent USA Today poll ranking public opinion about our greatest President, I was saddened to see that big George garnered only 9% of the vote (he was 13 percentage points behind JFK). In my mind, George Washington was a giant – not only in the lore of our country, but in the history of the World. The United States has sufficient tenure and stature to ensure a prominent place in world history, and George was our foundational president. Now, if that is not something to celebrate, let alone remember, I don’t what is. As such, let us shift gears for a moment and examine five leadership qualities that George Washington exhibited to become such an outstanding leader.
In my opinion, George Washington was our greatest president (no disrespect to a tall, lanky guy from the 1860’s). In addition, he was faced with challenges greater than any other president, including our current leader. He is a giant in our country’s history. He is a giant in the world’s history. He is someone to admire and to celebrate. Happy Birthday George!
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