Advice on leadership…from George Washington
For President’s Day, here is some advice about leadership I found from George Washington in a letter to a young colonel. I think it applies to teachers as well.
“The best general advice I can give…is to be strict in your discipline; that is, to require nothing unreasonable of your officers and men, but see that whatever is required be punctually complied with. Reward and punish every man according to his merit, without partiality or prejudice. Hear his complaints; if well founded, redress them; if otherwise, discourage them in order to prevent frivolous ones…
“Be easy and condescending in your deportment to your officers, but not too familiar, lest you subject yourself to a want of that respect which is necessary to support a proper command.”
From “The Real George Washington: The True Story of America’s Most Indispensable Man” by Jay A. Parry and Andrew M. Allison (2009).