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Jun 24

George Washington on Leadership

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

Richard Brookhiser's biography, Founding Father, took George Washington off the dollar bill and made him live.  Now, with wit and precision, Brookhiser expertly examines the details of Washington's life that full-scale biographies sweep over, to instruct us in true leadership.  George Washington on Leadership is a textbook look at Washington's three spectacularly successful careers as an executive: general, president, and tycoon.  Brookhiser explains how Washington maximized his strengths and overcame his flaws, and inspires us to do likewise.  It shows how one man's struggles and successes 200 years ago can be a model for leaders today.  Washington oversaw two startups - the army and the presidency.  He chaired the most important meeting in American history - the Constitutional Convention. Washington rose from being a third son who was a major in the militia, to one of the most famous men in the world.  At every stage in his career, he had to deal with changing circumstances and with wildly different classes of men.  Washington's example is so crucial because of the many firsts for which he is responsible.

Richard Brookhiser is the author of What Would the Founders Do?; Founding Father; Alexander Hamilton, American; and America's First Dynasty: The Adamses, 1735-1918.  He wrote and hosted the critically acclaimed PBS documentary Rediscovering George Washington, is a columnist for TIME magazine, and is a Senior Editor of National Review.  He has written for The New Yorker and the New York Times.

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Richard Brookhiser

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Joseph Postell, Ph.D. Joseph Postell, Ph.D.

Visiting Fellow, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics Read More