George Washington on Leadership by Richard Brookhiser

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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 model—and an inspiration—for leaders today.


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Richard Brookhiser is Senior Editor of the National Review and the author of nine books, including Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington; Alexander Hamilton, American; America's First Dynasty: The Adamses, 1735-1918; and Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution. Brookhiser also wrote and hosted the PBS documentary Rediscovering George Washington. He lives in New York City.
Published April 14, 2009 by Basic Books. 292 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, War, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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By the end of Brookhiser’s colloquial, good-humored analysis, we’re persuaded that, while no leader in American history may be more worthy of emulation, the mature Washington’s signal virtue was his consistently sound, often spectacularly wise judgment, a faculty honed throughout a lifetime presi...

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Brookhiser draws upon a wealth of historical material to identify and then discuss leadership lessons to be learned from George Washington’s life and career, lessons that remain relevant after more than 200 years.

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National Review Online

The earliest reviews of my forthcoming book, George Washington on Leadership (Basic) are in: Kirkus (“colloquial, good-humored analysis”), and Booklist (“While leaders glean Brookhiser for practical advice, history buffs will be intrigued by his biographical insights.”) Leaders in New York and ...

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