George Washington's Leadership During The American Revolution

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“The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That 's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born” (Bennis).
Warren Bennis’s quote really opened my eyes as to why I chose George Washington as the overall best president during the antebellum period. Prior to becoming president, Washington gained leadership experience from being Commander in Chief of the Continental Army in the American Revolution, from there he heavily impacted the methodology of the future presidents, in such a positive manner. My three criteria included; foreign affairs, providing domestic tranquility and accomplishments during presidency.
To begin with, my first criteria was foreign affairs during presidency. This includes the good, the bad and the ugly, but how the different presidents handled the situations thrown at them really showed how strong they were in harsh circumstances. Interactions with other countries at this time were risky, yet crucial in the formation of the United States. This involved anything from trade, war, agreements, etc. Above all, George Washington was an astounding leader due to the ways in which he peacefully handled potentially
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While in office, he put-forth and signed Macon’s Bill, which invalidated the Non-Intercourse Act and allowed French and English goods on American ships under one condition; just as long as trade rights were honored. Another includes Jefferson leading the nation into The War of 1812 after the deficiency of diplomatic protests, and a trade embargo against Britain. The war had begun terribly for the United States and was battled until a tie, the British burned Washington D.C. to the ground. Though some downfalls, Madison picked himself back up and celebrated alongside America because of the victories against Tecumseh and at New

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