Friday, August 24, 2012

George Washington - Behind the Leader

First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was second to none in the humble and endearing scenes of private life. Pious, just, humane, temperate and sincere—uniform, dignified and commanding—his example was as edifying to all around him as were the effects of that example lasting. . . . Correct throughout, vice shuddered in his presence and virtue always felt his fostering hand. The purity of his private character gave effulgence to his public virtues. . . . Such was the man for whom our nation mourns. ~ Major General Henry Lee, eulogy given on behalf of the nation, December 26, 1799
(Photo credit: George Washington Inn Blog)
As we have seen in this Leaving a Legacy series, George Washington was a very ambitious individual and leader. However, family and Mount Vernon were Washington's true passion.

Dr. Patricia Brady shares her thoughts about George Washington as a family man in The George Washington University’s discussion of “The Real George: Leadership and Character” (approximately 38 minutes into the presentation.)

Video highlights:
  • Washington's wife Martha was considered a partner.
    • He never pulled rank.
    • Their relationship was even.
    • Martha did what she wanted.
    • Open view that Martha had good sense and knew what she was doing.
    • Showed his respect for women.
    • Martha followed George into the field.
  • Washington was of utmost character. 
  • Washington's social life was that of a restrained Southern farmer/planter.
  • Washington loved learning and regretted that he was not formally educated.
    • Washington supported intellectual curiosity and supported the concept of a national university.

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