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The Political Leader as Master of History: Identifying Key Principles and Leadership Lessons Learned
By | 01/03/2012 3:30AM | SOLUTIONS

5 Ways Leaders Benefit from Identifying Enduring Principles and Key Lessons Learned (Part 1 of 3)

Once the British defeated Napoleon in 1814 they immediately fortified their forces in the fight against the U.S. in the Second War of American Independence. America was unprepared. And with an unpopular war and an undisciplined and ill-equipped militia, the outcome was uncertain. What aided America’s prosecution of the war, up to this point, was Britain’s main engagement in Europe—the Napoleonic Wars. “After Napoleon’s exile,” however, “the trickle of troops to the New World turned into a torrent.”1

The U.S. soon endured a degrading defeat in a hot summer battle that…


"The lesson of history is that to the degree people
and civilizations have operated in harmony with
correct principles, they have prospered."
–Stephen R. Covey

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Learning Leadership Lessons from Herbert Hoover’s Ideological Trap

What Factors Led to President Hoover’s Failure as a Visionary and a Leader?

What leadership lessons can we learn from Herbert Hoover’s flaws as president?

Herbert Hoover is widely considered to be a below average president, if not a failure. The Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the subsequent economic crisis happened on his watch. Moreover, he was the U.S. Secretary of Commerce in both the Harding and Coolidge administrations, a role in which he worked hard to promote partnerships between business and government, but ended up creating […]

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Leadership Lessons Politicians Can Learn from Ben Franklin
By | 09/28/2011 12:00PM | SOLUTIONS

The Wisdom and Example of Benjamin Franklin Offers Several Timeless Leadership Lessons for Political Leaders Today

The old story told is that whenever visitors went over to see Benjamin Franklin at his estate they would need to open a large gate so that their horse and carriage could pass through on the way up to his house. Pushing this hefty contraption open always proved to be a bit of an affair requiring no small effort. Often exasperated, this prompted more than a few of his guests to offer a fix. “I can send someone over to mend that dreadful gate of yours, if you like?” With a wry smile and to the surprise of his guests, Franklin would […]


“That men do not learn very much from the lessons
of history is the most important of all the
lessons that history has to offer.”
–Aldous Huxley

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Learning Leadership Lessons from History: Recognizing Repeating Patterns and Recurring Themes

Five Ways Leaders Benefit from Understanding the Rhythms of History

In an effort to overcome the challenges of predicting the weather, meteorologists have identified a number of weather patterns, meteorological principles and processes, and various other recurring phases and cycles which, taken together, make weather forecasting an indispensible part of protecting life and property. Similarly, though studies in the social sciences repeatedly reveal the predictability of human behavior; like the weather, human history rarely repeats itself exactly. Yet, as with weather forecasts, there are repeating patterns and recurring themes which allow the steadfast student of history to make wiser and more informed choices. As Mark Twain observed…


"Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past;
for human events ever resemble those of preceding times.
This arises from the fact that they are produced by men
who ever have been, and ever shall be,
animated by the same passions,
and thus they necessarily have
the same results.
—Niccolò Machiavelli

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Learning the Leadership Lessons of the Past: In History Lies the Secrets

Looking Backward to See Forward

Former presidential speechwriter James C. Humes, tells of the time he met Winston Churchill. The meeting had a lasting impact on the young American exchange student at Stowe, who later said […]


"Study history, study history.
In history lies all the secrets of statecraft."
—Sir Winston S. Churchill

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Seven Leadership Lessons from the Historical Legends of Political Leadership
By | 05/16/2011 11:16AM | SOLUTIONS

What are the Key Leadership Qualities and Strategies that Distinguish the Legends of Leadership from Most Politicians in Washington Today?

During the dark years of Apartheid, Robert Kennedy gave a speech in South Africa at the University of Cape Town in which he called on the courage and duty of his listeners. “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself,” but we can all, he said, “move the world.” For those with the faith and wisdom to find Archimedes fulcrum, and the strength and courage to pick up his lever; the great leaders of history have left a number of blueprints and signposts for future generations to follow.

Emerging from a careful study of a number of the great leaders of history; the following are seven strategies or factors which made it possible for these leaders to become representative figures of their times and, thus, better positioned to lead society into the future.


"Some believe there is nothing one man or one woman
can do against the enormous array of the world's ills—
against misery, against ignorance, or injustice and violence.
Yet many of the world's great movements, of thought and action,
have flowed from the work of a single man.”
-Robert F. Kennedy

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