I love America!
The Founding Fathers gave us incredible stories to tell 238 years after the independence of our country. I’m fascinated by this time in history and have read many books about the challenges and characters of this crucial era. For me, there’s one leader who stands out from a large group of intentional leaders—the Founding Father himself—George Washington.
Washington had many admirable qualities as a brave general and strong leader. But THE character trait, and THE act that defined his true leadership, and changed the course of U.S history, was what he chose to do with this power. After miraculously winning the War of Independence, the American people wanted George Washington to be king. Yes, a king. Even though we had previously fought against a monarchy.
And here’s what George Washington did:
Though he could have had absolute power as king, and reigned his entire life instead of just a few years as President, he turned over his sword to Congress. He relinquished his power. This might be the greatest act of humble leadership in American history. King George in England heard rumors about Washington’s act of humility and could not believe it. He said, “I don’t know if this is true; but if it is, he is the greatest man in the world.”
George Washington used his power, leadership, authority, responsibility and resources for the good of others. He was leading for the future, thinking about a story much larger than merely his own. Today, we could have a monarchy instead of a democracy, but Washington acted with humility and graciousness towards all, for the good of all. We have the awesome and humbling opportunity to live in a nation that was shaped by selfless decisions like this! One act, with the future good of others in mind, changed the world.
I’m thankful for General Washington, our Founding Fathers, and the selfless leaders everywhere who sacrificed their today for our tomorrow.
And thank YOU for all the times you selflessly lead and make decisions, not for your own good, but for the good of others—your family, your schools, and your community. This ultimately impacts our great nation.
This Independence Day, celebrate the greatest nation on earth like never before, and do all you can to continue to make us even greater!
God Bless America!
Founder, President of Boosterthon