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Happy 4th of July & A Story on Leadership

I’m heading out early this week to take my wife and girls down to Cape Cod for a few days over the 4th of July break. I always like going down the Cape this time of year. I remember when I was growing up, and still wet-behind-the-ears, my folks would take the whole Maunsell clan (five children, two parents and a dog or two) to the Cape. I remember watching the fireworks in Falmouth harbour and having my fill of steamers and fried dough. So I like doing the same with my kids today. But, before I take my leave, I’d like to leave you with a short and powerful story on leadership.

The Soldiers and The Trench Story

The story goes that sometime, close to a battlefield over 200 years ago, a man in civilian clothes rode past a small group of exhausted battle-weary soldiers digging an obviously important defensive position. The section leader, making no effort to help, was shouting orders, threatening punishment if the work was not completed within the hour.

“Why are you are not helping?” asked the stranger on horseback.

“I am in charge. The men do as I tell them,” said the section leader, adding, “Help them yourself if you feel strongly about it.”

To the section leader’s surprise the stranger dismounted and helped the men until the job was finished.

Before leaving the stranger congratulated the men for their work, and approached the puzzled section leader.

“You should notify top command next time your rank prevents you from supporting your men – and I will provide a more permanent solution,” said the stranger.

Up close, the section leader now recognized General George Washington, and also the lesson he’d just been taught.


Hope you enjoyed the story and…

Stay Awesome & Have a Fantastic 4th of July!


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