10 Presidents’ Day Leadership Lessons

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Embrace innovation for the sake of innovation.

Teddy Roosevelt built his reputation as that of a reformer, issuing more executive orders than any president who came before him or any president who has followed him. This flurry of paperwork pushed forward ideas that were big and radical: Roosevelt attacked business monopolies, advocated for a robust foreign policy, and launched the modern environmental movement. One senses that he often embraced the concept of change for no other reason than that it was interesting to him. But in showing an openness to reform, he created opportunities for many innovators to put forward their new and meaningful ideas.