History 102 Western Civilization II
When I think of good political leaders I think of many different aspects. Honesty, ability to delegate, good communication with other leaders and the people they are leading, confidence, commitment, positive attitude, creativity, intuition, ability to inspire, a sense of humor, and faith in God. “The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church?” 1 Timothy 3: 1-13 (ESV 2001). When I think about which political leader between 1650 and 1789 that has most of these ten qualities I think of George Washington, our first US president. George Washington is the greatest leader of all time, and in this paper I am going to write about what makes him a great leader.
George Washington (1732-1799) did not attend college like many of the founding fathers. The lack of money after his father died prevented him from studying in England (Mount Vernon 2014). He was very sensitive about his lack of education so he set upon his own pursuit of self-education. He was constantly looking for new texts on many subjects that ranged from military arts to agriculture and political topics (Mount Vernon 2014). At seventeen, George Washington learned to be a surveyor. Since it was such a new and important trade he learned the geometric principles necessary for surveying. In 1751 George Washington went to Barbados with his half-brother where he contracted smallpox. He was able to recover from the illness and inherited an immunity to smallpox. This was crucial in...