George Washington took command of the Continental Army in July 1775 turning his squad of untrained farmers & private citizens into a strong military force.
In November, his force was tested when a large British fleet attempted a siege of Boston. Vastly outnumbered, he had cannons strategically placed atop a hillside as a deterrent, resulting in a British retreat.
In August 1776, the British came back with a stronger fleet of 32,000 men targeting New York and flanking American positions. While set on victory, he was keenly aware of knowing when to retreat and it was that decision which saved 9,000 American troops.
Many more battles were fought under George Washington where he was known to always be on the front lines, personally leading his troops into battle and fighting along side of his men.
As each battle took place, he made strategic decisions on when to attack and when to surrender.
While he was well versed in combat, it was his leadership and strategic thinking that proved to be most valuable.
In the end, his determination to not, “win the battle but lose the war” resulted in the victory of the Revolutionary War.
Business Tip: The strategies & level-headedness that you enact will be the difference between winning or losing on your front lines. Be bold and resourceful.
Letty Sanchez, Principal Consultant/Lead Business Strategist, AEM Executive Consultants