Friday, February 16, 2007

Mount Vernon's James C. Rees Presents 'George Washington's Leadership Lessons,' February 20

Chestertown, MD, February 15, 2007 — In this era that yearns for wise, decisive leadership, what insights can America's original natural-born leader impart to us? Join James C. Rees, Executive Director of George Washington's Mount Vernon, when he presents "George Washington's Leadership Lessons: What the Father of Our Country Can Teach Us About Effective Leadership and Character," at Washington College's Hynson Lounge on Tuesday, February 20, at 4:30 p.m.

Rees's lecture, presented by the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, ties in with his newly published book of the same title, and a booksigning will follow Tuesday's presentation.

Both the book and the author's lecture offer an enlightening guide to the leadership wisdom of America's first great leader. Washington was more than just an inspiring battlefield commander; he was critical to the founding and success of the United States of America. His leadership, his vision and his courage united a war-torn country and set the United States on the path to greatness. Washington's historic contribution to this nation—his leadership and his character—are as relevant and valuable today as they have ever been.

Rees discusses not only Washington's leadership talents, but his business skills and acumen as well. Most people aren't aware that Washington was also a successful businessman and visionary entrepreneur.

Exhibiting qualities sorely lacking in so many of our political and business leaders today, Washington remained steadfastly honest and ethical, following guiding principles that would benefit leaders around the world. "George Washington's Leadership Lessons" reveals a man of true character, worthy of emulation not just in the realm of politics and war, but in all leadership positions.

As Executive Director of Mount Vernon, Rees oversees the second-most visited historic home in America, with approximately one million visitors annually. He has appeared on "The Today Show," "Good Morning America," "CBS Sunday Morning," C-SPAN, CNN and PBS.

Admission to "George Washington's Leadership Lessons" is free and open to the public. Hynson Lounge is located in Hodson Hall. For more information, call 410/810-7161.

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