The Idea Grove blog is not a history site. But our most popular post -- with more than 500,000 visitors to date -- happens to be called “The 10 Greatest Countries in the History of the World." In that article, I explore how history is written by the winners, making it the ultimate form of PR.
I came very close to becoming a history professor before starting a career in journalism, a.k.a., the first rough draft of history. Now, thanks to COVID-19, I am home-schooling my 12-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son in U.S. and European history for an hour each day with help from John Green's Crash Course series.
The experience has taught me a few things. When I studied history at the University of Virginia, it was within an academic bubble before I had lived my life. Today I see history’s lessons within the context of my 15 years as a business owner. It’s provided an entirely different perspective -- as well as valuable instruction to help me be a better leader.
Today, I'm taking a look at what we can learn from some red-letter days in U.S. history. You’ll notice that with countries, as with people, sometimes our greatest moments are the result of hard work — and other times of good fortune. As with the "Greatest Countries" post, my own commentary is mixed with direct pulls from Wikipedia in most cases; I didn’t demarcate which was which so it would be easier to read. Just assume it’s all borrowed if you’d like.
And now, here are seven leadership lessons from America's best moments: