HOW CAN ONE STRIVE TO BE A LEADER?
In this episode, Richard Lummis and I explore leadership lessons from Toussaint Louverture, who held the only successful slave revolt in the Western Hemisphere. Our remarks are based on the recent biography of him entitled, Toussaint Louverture by Phillipe Gerrard. While not an obvious character for study in a business leadership podcast, Louverture nonetheless presented several important lessons which translate into to today’s business environment.
What are some of the leadership lessons which can be drawn from the 7th President Andrew Jackson? In this episode, we draw on the crisis around the Second Bank of the US charter. Jackson showed great resolve, tenacity and strength in defeating a widely-arrayed group of opponents. To this day, the question is still open as to whether the battle was worth it for the country.
In an article entitled, 12 Leadership Qualities of An Often-Overlooked President, Matt Myatt, writing in forbes.com online reviewed the leadership qualities of John Adams as laid out in David McCullough’s Pulitzer Prize winning biography, appropriately entitled John Adams. Adams presidency is often glossed over with little more than a brief mention, largely because he was sandwiched between two of our more memorable presidents – Washington and Jefferson. Samuel Eliot Morrison once said that history teaches us how to behave and Adams provides a great example on it. The following list contains 12 qualities that made him a great man and a great leader.