Essay on The Most Dangerous Leader Myth

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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 dangerous situations. Antecedently to becoming the first president of the United States, Washington promptly put two foreign policy precedents in place. One being that he was to assume control of all treaty negotiations set in place, the second was, asking for…

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