Journalist and historian Richard Brookhiser joins the National Constitution Center for a conversation about his new book George Washington on Leadership, showing how one man's struggles and successes over 200 years ago can be a model for the leaders of today.
From public health administrator to diversified agricultural businessman; from communicator to manager, Washington was a truly remarkable leader with modern sensibilities about commanding armies and building consensus- National Constitution Center
Richard Brookhiser is an American journalist, biographer, and historian. He is a senior editor at the National Review and columnist for the New York Observer.
Brookhiser is most widely known for a series of biographies of America's founders, including Alexander Hamilton, Governor Morris, and George Washington.
Richard Brookhiser, historian and author of George Washington on Leadership, describes the difficulties Washington faced after he was sent to lead the Continental Army, including the micromanagement of latrine location and maintenance.
Brookhiser explains that one of Washington's biggest challenges was building a disciplined fighting force out of a diverse group of volunteer militia.
Richard Brookhiser suggests George Washington would most likely have told President George W. Bush to "never take your hands off the wheel" and would have stressed the need to maintain a flexible military strategy.