10 Presidents’ Day Leadership Lessons

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Don’t doubt your own authority.

The U.S. Constitution says very little about the powers of the presidency, but that did not deter George Washington upon taking office from establishing the position as one of considerable power. Most famously, he quelled the so-called Whiskey Rebellion, which tested the nascent federal government’s authority. Entrepreneurs often err on the side of keeping things casual, but that style of leadership can be self-limiting. As Washington demonstrated, effectiveness is often tied directly to the ways large and small that a leader demonstrates seriousness.