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George Washington and the Art of BusinessThe Leadership Principles of America's First Commander-in-Chief$
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Mark McNeilly

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189780

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189780.001.0001

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Breathing Space

Breathing Space

Developing a Winning Strategy

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George Washington and the Art of Business

Mark Mc Neilly

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how George Washington developed a winning strategy against the British forces during the American Revolution and its relevance to business leadership. Washington developed his long-term strategy based on his successes in Trenton and Princeton, New Jersey, which he called the Fabian Strategy. This strategy involved the creation of independent commands which allowed the leaders of these detachments to carry the war to the British, attacking only the disperse units of the enemy to force them on the defensive.

Keywords:   George Washington, business leadership, American Revolution, British forces, Fabian Strategy, military strategy

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