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Best George Washington Leadership Quotes

The views of men can only be known or guessed at by their words or actions. Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

The views of men can only be known, or guessed at, by their words or actions. George Washington

As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections ofPin

As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality. George Washington

It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn. George Washington 

Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.Pin

Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals. Leadership George Washington Quotes

A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous. George Washington

Be courteous to all but intimate with few and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.Pin

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. George Washington

All see, and most admire, the glare which hovers round the external trappings of elevated office. To me there is nothing in it, beyond the lustre which may be reflected from its Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

All see, and most admire, the glare which hovers round the external trappings of elevated office. To me there is nothing in it, beyond the lustre which may be reflected from its connection with a power of promoting human felicity. George Washington

It is far better to be alone than to be in bad company.Pin

It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company. George Washington

Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life. George Washington

Honesty will be found on every experiment to be the best and only true policy. Let us then as a nation be just.Pin

Honesty will be found on every experiment, to be the best and only true policy. Let us then as a nation be just. George Washington

Its only natural for unbridled partisanship unrestrained by allegiance to a greater cause to lead to chaos. Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

It’s only natural for unbridled partisanship, unrestrained by allegiance to a greater cause, to lead to chaos. Leadership George Washington Quotes

A people unused to restraint must be led they will not be drove.Pin

A people unused to restraint must be led, they will not be drove. George Washington

Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light. Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light. George Washington

Example whether it be good or bad has a powerful influence.Pin

Example, whether it be good or bad, has a powerful influence. George Washington

Have the strength to be an honest person. Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

Have the strength to be an honest person. George Washington

I do not mean to exclude altogether the idea of patriotism. I know it exists, and I know it has done much in the present contest. But I will venture to assert, that a great and lastingPin

I do not mean to exclude altogether the idea of patriotism. I know it exists, and I know it has done much in the present contest. But I will venture to assert, that a great and lasting war can never be supported on this principle alone. It must be aided by a prospect of interest, or some reward. George Washington

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. Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

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. George Washington

I have no other view than to promote the public good and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country.Pin

I have no other view than to promote the public good, and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country. George Washington

The great mass of our Citizens require only to understand matters rightly to form right decisions. Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

The great mass of our Citizens require only to understand matters rightly, to form right decisions. George Washington

Leadership is not only having a vision but also having the courage the discipline and the resources to get you there.Pin

Leadership is not only having a vision, but also having the courage, the discipline, and the resources to get you there. George Washington

But lest some unlucky event should happen unfavorable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered by every gentleman in the room that I, this day, declare with the utmost sincerity Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

But lest some unlucky event should happen unfavorable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered by every gentleman in the room that I, this day, declare with the utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal to the command I am honored with. Leadership George Washington Quotes

We must consult our means rather than our wishes.Pin

We must consult our means rather than our wishes. George Washington

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience. Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience. George Washington

George Washington Quotes on Life

True friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.Pin

True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation. George Washington

There is but one straight course and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily. Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily. George Washington

Remember that it is the actions and not the commission that make the officer and that there is more expected from him than the title.Pin

Remember that it is the actions, and not the commission, that make the officer, and that there is more expected from him, than the title. George Washington

Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for it is better to be alone than in bad company. Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. George Washington

Be not glad at the misfortune of another though he may be your enemy.Pin

Be not glad at the misfortune of another, though he may be your enemy. George Washington

Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages. Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages. George Washington

A person who is anxious to be a leader of the fashion, or one of the first to follow it, will certainly appear in the eyes of judicious men to have nothing better than a frequent changePin

A person who is anxious to be a leader of the fashion, or one of the first to follow it, will certainly appear in the eyes of judicious men to have nothing better than a frequent change of dress to recommend him to notice. George Washington

A hundred thousand men coming one after another cannot move a Ton weight but the united strength of 50 would transport it with ease. Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

A hundred thousand men, coming one after another, cannot move a Ton weight; but the united strength of 50 would transport it with ease. George Washington

It is incumbent upon every person of every description to contribute to his countrys welfare.Pin

It is incumbent upon every person of every description to contribute to his country’s welfare. Leadership George Washington Quotes

If we are wise let us prepare for the worst. Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

If we are wise, let us prepare for the worst. George Washington

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because somedayPin

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these. George Washington

Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person�s own mind than on the externals in the world. Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind, than on the externals in the world. George Washington

We can not guarantee success we can strive to deserve it.Pin

We can not guarantee success, we can strive to deserve it. George Washington

To err is nature to rectify error is glory. Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

To err is nature, to rectify error is glory. George Washington

When one side only of a story is heard and often repeated the human mind becomes impressed with it insensibly.Pin

When one side only of a story is heard and often repeated, the human mind becomes impressed with it insensibly. George Washington

It is infinitely better to have a few good men than many indifferent ones. Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

It is infinitely better to have a few good men than many indifferent ones. George Washington

The best and only safe road to honor glory and the true dignity is justice.Pin

The best and only safe road to honor, glory, and the true dignity is justice. George Washington

Great people are not affected by each puff of wind that blows ill. Like great ships they sail serenely on in a calm sea or a great tempest. Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

Great people are not affected by each puff of wind that blows ill. Like great ships, they sail serenely on, in a calm sea or a great tempest. George Washington

A government is like fire a handy servant but a dangerous master.Pin

A government is like fire, a handy servant, but a dangerous master. George Washington

A mans intentions should be allowed in some respects to plead for his actions Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

A man’s intentions should be allowed in some respects to plead for his actions. Leadership George Washington Quotes

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led like sheep to the slaughter.Pin

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. George Washington

A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions not words are the true criterion of the attachment of friends. Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends. George Washington

You have only one way to convince others listen to them.Pin

You have only one way to convince others, listen to them. George Washington

At this auspicious period the United States came into existence as a Nation and if their Citizens should not be completely free and happy the fault will be entirely their own. Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

At this auspicious period, the United States came into existence as a Nation; and if their Citizens should not be completely free and happy, the fault will be entirely their own. George Washington

George Washington Most Famous Quotes

The turning points of lives are not the great moments. The real crises are often concealed in occurrences so trivial in appearance that they pass unobserved.Pin

The turning points of lives are not the great moments. The real crises are often concealed in occurrences so trivial in appearance that they pass unobserved. George Washington

It is much easier at all times to prevent an evil than to rectify mistakes. Leadership George Washington QuotesPin

It is much easier at all times to prevent an evil than to rectify mistakes. George Washington

I have diligently sought the public welfare and have endeavoured to inculcate the same principles in all that are under me. These reflections will be a cordial to my mind as long as IPin

I have diligently sought the public welfare; and have endeavoured to inculcate the same principles in all that are under me. These reflections will be a cordial to my mind as long as I am able to distinguish between Good & Evil. Leadership George Washington Quotes

It is absolutely necessary for me to have persons that can think for me as well as execute orders.Pin

It is absolutely necessary… for me to have persons that can think for me, as well as execute orders. George Washington

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.Pin

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one. George Washington

Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.Pin

Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected. George Washington

Government is at best a petulant servant and at worst a tyrannical master.Pin

Government is at best a petulant servant and at worst a tyrannical master. George Washington

Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.Pin

Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. George Washington

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.Pin

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness. George Washington

In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.Pin

In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened. George Washington

I shall make it the most agreeable part of my duty to study merit and reward the brave and deserving.Pin

I shall make it the most agreeable part of my duty to study merit, and reward the brave and deserving. George Washington

It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.Pin

It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it. George Washington

I was summoned by my country whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love.Pin

I was summoned by my country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love. Leadership George Washington Quotes

When there is no vision there is no hope.Pin

When there is no vision, there is no hope. George Washington

Give not advice without being asked and when desired do it briefly.Pin

Give not advice without being asked, and when desired, do it briefly. George Washington

Few people have the virtue to withstand the highest bidder.Pin

Few people have the virtue to withstand the highest bidder. George Washington

Strive not with your superiors in argument but always submit your judgment to others with modesty.Pin

Strive not with your superiors in argument, but always submit your judgment to others with modesty. George Washington

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.Pin

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble. George Washington

I shall not be deprived of a comfort in the worst event if I retain a consciousness of having acted to the best of my judgment.Pin

I shall not be deprived of a comfort in the worst event, if I retain a consciousness of having acted to the best of my judgment. George Washington

Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country.Pin

Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country. George Washington

We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.Pin

We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience. George Washington

A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined to which end a uniform and well digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promotePin

A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies. George Washington

Its wonderful what we can do if were always doing.Pin

It’s wonderful what we can do if we’re always doing. Leadership George Washington Quotes

Good moral character is the first essential in a man.Pin

Good moral character is the first essential in a man. George Washington

Lenience will operate with greater force in some instances than rigor. It is therefore my first wish to have all of my conduct distinguished by it.Pin

Lenience will operate with greater force, in some instances than rigor. It is therefore my first wish to have all of my conduct distinguished by it. George Washington

Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable procures success to the weak and esteem to all.Pin

Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all. George Washington

George Washington’s Unique Leadership Style:

George Washington is renowned for his exemplary leadership style, characterized by a unique blend of integrity, decisiveness, and the ability to inspire others. These qualities not only defined his presidency but also left a lasting imprint on the nation’s history and collective memory.

One of Washington’s most notable leadership qualities was his unwavering integrity. Throughout his public life, he adhered steadfastly to principles of honesty, transparency, and moral uprightness. His integrity was evident in his actions both on and off the battlefield, earning him the trust and respect of his peers and constituents alike. Washington’s commitment to integrity served as a guiding light during his presidency, influencing his decision-making and governance.

Washington’s decisiveness was another hallmark of his leadership style. Faced with challenging circumstances and difficult decisions, he exhibited a remarkable ability to weigh options swiftly and take decisive action. Whether leading troops in battle or navigating the complexities of nation-building, Washington’s decisiveness instilled confidence and rallied support among those under his command and the broader American populace.

Perhaps most importantly, Washington possessed a unique ability to inspire others through his words and deeds. His leadership was characterized by a combination of vision, optimism, and a deep-seated belief in the American experiment. Through his speeches, letters, and personal conduct, Washington inspired a sense of purpose and unity among the fledgling nation, rallying citizens to strive for greatness and uphold the ideals of liberty and democracy.

These leadership qualities—integrity, decisiveness, and the ability to inspire—shaped Washington’s presidency and legacy in profound ways. During his two terms in office, he faced numerous challenges, including the establishment of a new government, the ratification of the Constitution, and the preservation of national unity in the face of internal and external threats. Throughout it all, Washington’s leadership provided a steady hand, guiding the young republic through turbulent times and laying the foundation for its future success.

Washington’s legacy as a leader extends far beyond his presidency. His example continues to inspire generations of Americans and leaders around the world. From his famous Farewell Address, where he warned against the dangers of partisan strife and foreign entanglements, to his enduring reputation as the “Father of His Country,” Washington’s leadership style remains a touchstone for those seeking to understand and emulate effective leadership in times of crisis and opportunity. In essence, George Washington’s leadership qualities—integrity, decisiveness, and the ability to inspire—serve as a timeless reminder of the power of principled leadership in shaping the course of history.

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