Martin Van Buren usually receives short shrift from most historians and indeed Americans for his alleged failed Presidency. However, his life and Presidency do present several concrete leadership lessons. In this episode, we explore the interesting life of the first American born President of the US, Martin Van Buren the Little Magician.
Van Buren was elected to the Presidency on the heels of one of the most popular Presidents, Andrew Jackson. Hailing from New York state, Van Buren served loyally as Jackson’s Vice President in Jackson’s second term. Unfortunately for Van Buren, many of the policies of Jackson laid the foundation for the failure of the Van Buren Presidency. Chief among them was the denial of the Second Bank Charter which caused the Panic of 1837 and from which the country did not recover during the Van Buren Presidency. [Read more…] about Episode 62: Leadership Lessons from Martin Van Buren