In an article on forbes.com, entitled, “Leadership For The Long Haul: A Lesson From Thomas Jefferson,” Don Yaeger wrote about Jefferson’s long search for a way to deal with the Barbary Pirates.
He began this quest during one of his first meetings with President George Washington where he brought up the issue of piracy that was occurring off the Barbary Coast of North Africa. The pirates would capture the ships, selling the goods and ransoming the crews. If the ransom was not paid, the crew was enslaved. Unfortunately, American ships had been especially targeted in the early years of the Republic due to their valuable cargo and the relatively small tribute they were able to offer. [Read more…] about Leadership Lessons From Thomas Jefferson: Think Long Term