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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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Securing Liberty

Securing Liberty

Victory through a Strong Alliance

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George Washington and the Art of Business

Mark Mc Neilly

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how George Washington secured liberty for America against the British during the American Revolution and its relevance to business leadership. Washington showed that he could think and act under pressure by turning a near defeat into a solid performance in the battle at Monmouth. In working with France, Washington displayed different traits, acting diplomatically to manage the alliance between the two countries to keep it intact and ensure that it would eventually be victorious. The key to Washington’s success was his dynamic leadership in a high-stakes and time-constrained environment.

Keywords:   George Washington, business leadership, liberty, American Revolution, decision making, France

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