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The Art of CommandMilitary Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell$
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Harry S. Laver and Jeffrey J. Matthews

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813174723

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813174723.001.0001

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Integrity and Leadership

Integrity and Leadership

George Washington

(p.13) 1 Integrity and Leadership
The Art of Command

Caroline Cox

University Press of Kentucky

George Washington recognized the value and power of establishing a reputation for integrity. As a prosperous planter-businessman and militia veteran of the French and Indian War, he came to epitomize the eighteenth century ideal of gentlemanly honor. Washington’s proven abilities and impeccable stature, especially his renown as a person of high moral character, led to his appointment as commander in chief of the Continental Army in 1775. Washington’s integrity, which he demonstrated consistently and guarded carefully throughout the war, was instrumental to his overall leadership effectiveness. Washington’s moral character and altruism were at the center of his greatness as a leader.

Keywords:   Integrity, George Washington, Leadership, Effectiveness, Morality

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