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George Washington and the Art of BusinessThe Leadership Principles of America's First Commander-in-Chief$
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Mark McNeilly

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189780

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189780.001.0001

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Foundations of Freedom

Foundations of Freedom

A Vision for the Future

(p.167) 9 Foundations of Freedom
George Washington and the Art of Business

Mark Mc Neilly

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the accomplishments of George Washington in setting the foundations of freedom as the first president of the US and looks at its relevance to business leadership. It describes Washington’s vision and how he sought to ensure a well-ordered government based on both laws and reason. To ensure a proper balance within the government Washington followed the Constitution carefully and used it as his compass and he avoided encroaching on the other branches of government aiming to exercise fully the rights of the executive branch so that it retained its full powers.

Keywords:   George Washington, business leadership, president, United States, Constitution, public administration

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