Books: George Washington on Leadership

Basic Books, 2008 | ISBN 978-0-465-00302-0

First commander-in-chief, first president, and CEO of Mount Vernon, George Washington faced a lifetime of problems from grand strategy and constitutional change, to crop rotation and making his soldiers dig and use latrines.


America’s greatest leader was its first—George Washington. He ran two start-ups, the army and the presidency, and chaired the most important committee meeting in history, the Constitutional Convention. His agribusiness and real estate portfolio made him America’s richest man. He was as well known as any actress, rapper, or athlete today. Men followed him into battle; women longed to dance with him; famous men, almost as great as he was, some of them smarter or better spoken, did what he told them to do. He was the Founding CEO.

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