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Four Marks of a July 4th Leader

July 4, 2013 4 Comments
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On July 4th 1776 the Continental Congress voted in favor of Richard Henry Lee’s motion for Independence. (It would be almost a month before the Declaration would be signed.) This was not a task taken lightly. Each man knew they were risking their lives. No one before had dared to stand up to the mighty British. 

“I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these states. Yet through all the gloom I see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth all the means. This is our day of deliverance.” – John Adams

 

I am sure that none of the signers were perfect but they found incredible strength to rise up and put it all on the line and lead. 

 

Their leadership was marked by:

  1. Vision: Great leaders can see beyond dark and dire circumstances and rally people to a great cause. (Tweet This)
  2.  Boldness: Great leaders are willing to risk it all for what they believe in. (Tweet This)
  3.  Conviction: Great leaders are motivated by deeply held values and core principles.  (Tweet This)
  4.  Move beyond failure: Great leaders are able to learn from failure and lead forward. (Tweet This) (Revolutionary War US deaths were over 4400 with another 6000+ wounded in battle)

 

I really can’t image the courage it took to lead the way for our Independence. May we never forget!

 

Your voice is important; I would love to hear from you.

What other leadership lessons  have you learned from the Founding Fathers?

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Links:
Read more: Independence Day (July 4th): Quotations from Signers of the Declaration of Independence | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/spot/july4quotes.html#ixzz2XTCt3Yra

Other source http://www.history.com/news/9-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-declaration-of-independence

http://www.history.navy.mil/library/online/american%20war%20casualty.htm

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About the Author:

I am enthusiastic about helping others discover their purpose and grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is great to see their eyes light up at their “Ah Ha!” moment when they discover they were created for something more. My hope is that this blog will help encourage and inspire you along your way. Join the conversation and take the time to share with me your own story. I have been married to my beautiful wife Janice for over 25 years. We currently live in Stockbridge Georgia with two of our children Matt and Victoria. Our oldest Chris has left the nest. Of course we cannot forget about our dog Taffy.
  • You are so right Charles. I have no way of even comprehending their drive and courage. I am so thankful they did. I hope you have an outstanding 4th!

  • Those are some great and true marks of a leader. Staying grounded on character and integrity is essential for anyone.