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:
- Vision: Great leaders can see beyond dark and dire circumstances and rally people to a great cause. (Tweet This)
- Boldness: Great leaders are willing to risk it all for what they believe in. (Tweet This)
- Conviction: Great leaders are motivated by deeply held values and core principles. (Tweet This)
- 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!
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What other leadership lessons have you learned from the Founding Fathers?