American Leadership – Independence Day

DATE: 2021-07-04
AO: _Breakfast_Club
Q: Maj. Payne
PAX: Yard Sale, El Niño
FNGs: None
Today we rucked 4-5 miles and started off with a discussion about the leadership of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence. We noted the autocratic leadership exhibited by King George III of England and talked about whether we resembled his leadership style or that of our forefathers. Do both styles work? Which is better and why?

We also talked about a commitment to living a legacy, and how our country’s forefathers lived by a common mission to protect the rights of the 2.5M colonial residents. Do we think about just getting through the day? Or do we live up to a mission? Are we intentional with our actions each day?

We talked about some quotes offered up by some of our forefathers:

George Washington: “It is better to be alone than in bad company.”

Thomas Jefferson: “Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.”

Patrick Henry: “I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging the future but by the past.”

John Hancock: “The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions.”

🧘🏻‍♂️ Five minutes of meditation by the dock.

Then we finished up talking about virtuous leadership. An effective leader provides a vision, is able to articulate it, commands great persuasion skills, and energetically and vigorously encourages others to overcome the obstacles that he knows they will ultimately face.

A virtuous leader displays:
Candor: Graciously telling the hard truth.
Commitment: Unwavering loyalty to the group.
Consistency: Unchanging in nature.
Contentment: Stability of emotion.
Courage: Turning hardship into grace.

Always strive to be both an effective and virtuous leader!


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