George Washington's Leadership Qualities

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“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man” (Washington 1). George Washington was an American soldier who served in the French and Indian War. He also served as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and was later elected the first president of the United States. George Washington is popularly considered the driving force behind the nation's upbringing and came to be known as the "father of the country," both during his lifetime and to this day. George Washington is revolutionary because of his unique leadership skills and his contributions to America. George Washington showed great leadership and…show more content…
Washington showed skill in the Revolutionary war by building a military from the ground up, strong enough to fight against the British. “He faced the realities of short term enlistments, desertions, very poorly clad and equipped soldiers, recalcitrant congressional and state legislators and wavering loyalty to the glorious cause among the populace” (Stazesky 2). Despite the fact that Washington barely had what he needed to defeat the British he still managed to do so. Without Washington’s persistence and intelligent leadership skills the army would have collapsed from the inside. Washington Leadership skills made him a well known trustworthy man and everyone showed respect towards him. “After the 1776 Christmas day battle at Trenton after the crossing of the Delaware, many of the soldiers were ready to leave because their enlistments were up. Washington urgently appealed to them to step forward and stay with him in this noble cause. Hesitantly at first, but then almost completely, the soldiers stepped forward because of their trust in and regard for Washington” (Stazesky 3). The soldiers crossed the Delaware in freezing conditions and fought a battle on Christmas day with hardly any energy to fight. So, the fact that Soldiers stayed and fought with Washington through the horrific stages of war even after they were excused to leave, shows how much they believed in him. Soldiers and Civilians trusted Washington, believed in him, and supported his
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