One of the most obvious leaders to ever make a difference is the first president of the Unites States of America, George Washington. He brought our country together by taking us through the revolutionary war, and established the basis for one of the greatest nations on this earth. But knowing that George Washington was a great leader is a fact that is already widely understood, but what I hope to do is to recognize why and outline what we as leaders can learn from that.
One of the most well-known things that Washington ever took part in was the writing of the Constitution of the United States. The document itself imposes the idea for a wonderful basis of leadership, even if the people who try to follow it don’t always do so. The constitution makes up for the American government a system of checks and balances. These checks and balances would allow a nation to be lead by a governing body that would constantly check itself, for lack of a better word, and therefore the nation wouldn’t ever be run by a tyrannical branch. This in itself is brilliant leadership.
Good leadership calls for doing just this in a group setting. It is important that whoever is leading the group does not do so as dictator. This is not an effective way to motivate people towards a goal, but allowing them to check you and have the project be a group effort while nudging others in the right direction can be much more efficient than simply trying to force others to do what you want them to do.
Another prominent thing that Washington did, was during his term as president, he tried to unify the opposing sides of the nation so they could become one and run together as one nation as opposed to split into different parts. This was important to him, because a nation divided can never get anything done, as we can see from our nation today.
Bringing the members of a team together is one of the most difficult things for a leader to do, especially if they don’t want o be brought together. But a really good leader can figure out a way to incorporate everyone’s ideas and make it so the outcome is best for everyone, not just one person or party.
So when you find yourself in the middle of a split group, just remind yourself that you are in this for the team, and sometimes all they need is to see that there is compromise. The idea is not to force it on them or dictate it to them, but to help them see that fighting is not going to get them to their goal, only compromise will. And when your own motivation fails, look to the greats whose awesome deeds are there for us to learn from and improve upon.
More to come one George Washington.
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