Leaders lead in an effort to cause change

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What is your vision? Albeit your mission statement, your purpose for working etc. Why is it that I decided to write this post? Change is the reason. I feel that too many of us are walking around with bloated guts, maxed out credit cards, jobs that don't fulfill us and marriages that have a dull flame. How can we cause a ruckus to our lives that by implication cause others to follow. Inspiration and motivation are great, but change is truly what ought to look for. We don't look to George Washington as a hero not only because he inspired us but because he caused change. That same is true for Abe Lincoln. both didn't just Inspire with theory, they were leaders and caused change. So today let's look for a way to impact the world and change our behavior. Let us gravitate toward something monumental and be the change we want to see. 

The words below are By Richard C. Stazesky
Learning from George Washington:
I believe that we can learn a great deal from studying the life of George Washington that would lead to personal and public renewal if we were to apply what we learn. I shall mention just a few items.

  • One, the need and importance to take responsibility for one’s own life by controlling one’s emotions; Washington had a volcanic temper which, with rare exceptions, he kept under control. Washington was able to control so much externally because he first learned to control himself from within.
  • Two, the importance of constant learning by observing, listening, reading and reflecting; Washington spent much time reflecting or pondering.
  • Three, the importance of civility (the 110 rules), which means basic respect for everyone.
  • Four, the role that morality and emotional maturity can play in enhancing one’s natural intelligence.
  • Five, the ingredients of effective leadership.
  • Six, the inextricable relationship in a democracy between public and personal virtue; the absence of one will always cause a diminution in the other and vice versa.
  • Seven, the need in a democracy for all citizens to be good citizens and for the government to be administered in such a manner as to merit the trust of the citizens.

This is enough to show, I believe, that today we urgently need a rebirth of the ideas which he had which made our nation great and a renewal of Washington as our prime national hero and role model.

The future of our nation, to a large extent, depends upon Americans both personally and publicly developing the kind of character so fully and brilliantly seen in George Washington’s personal and public lives.


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