In our upcoming release 7 Leadership Lessons of the American Revolution: The Founding Fathers, Liberty, and the Struggle for Independence, author John Antal tells the story of seven defining leadership moments from the American Revolution.
Several of these moments describe the actions of some great leaders including Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, Henry Knox, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. By analyzing what went in to their success as leaders, Antal in turn uses these lessons to improve the leadership of the readers at home.
No stranger to the concept of leadership, Colonel John Antal, US Army (Ret), served 30 years in the US Army as a leader, senior staff officer and commander. On leadership, Colonel Antal writes,
I believe that everything you do in life is impacted by your personal leadership quotient. In every aspect of life, you will only rise to the level of your leadership. For me, leadership is a sacred trust and the art of influence. It is the ability to motivate, inspire and impel people to get a mission accomplished. Character, built upon the right values, provides the leadership compass to guide your actions as a leader.
You can learn more about John Antal by visiting his website at www.american-leadership.com. You can also listen to John’s interview from the Jon-David Wells show:
Continue below to read an interview with Col. John Antal about his upcoming book:
What is it about writing that appealed to you?
I have always been interested in people, leadership and history. I learned early in life that leading soldiers in tough times is a tremendous challenge. I served thirty years in the US Army and I commanded combat units from platoon to regiment. I still believe I have a lot to learn about leadership and I expect to never stop learning. This is why I love writing about leadership, leaders, and battles. I wrote 7 Leadership Lessons: Leadership, Liberty and the American Revolution with this in mind. These stories can provide an unlimited leadership laboratory to learn how to lead in any situation, boardroom or battlefield, peace or war.
How much research did you do for this book?
For 7 Leadership Lessons: Leadership, Liberty and the American Revolution I first did my research in breadth, studying the best recent authors of books on the American Revolution, especially David McCullough’s 1776, John Ferling’s Almost A Miracle, and Ron Chernow’s Washington, to name a few. Then I researched each story that I wanted to write about, conducting in depth research by going to multiple sources and first-hand accounts.
What fascinates you about revisiting the past and bringing it to life in a book?
If you care about people, especially stories about people, it is hard not to like history. History is stories and I like telling dramatic, true-to-life stories. Most importantly, I strongly believe that there is too much to learn about life and leadership to expect to learn this through direct experience. By reading, you enlarge your life-experience and you can learn valuable lessons about leadership.
Why did you decide to write this book?
I have a passion for studying leadership and military history. I wanted to learn about the leadership that formed our Republic and study the people that made and won the American Revolution. I think this study is vital, not only to understand leadership, but also to understand the values that helped form the American Republic.
What do you like most about your book? Why should we read it?
The leadership lessons in this book can help you be a better leader, no matter what you do in life. Learning leadership from dramatic, true stories is an effective way of increasing your leadership quotient. The most compelling story to me in 7 Leadership Lessons: Leadership, Liberty and the American Revolution is the story of General George Washington’s leadership during the Battle of Trenton. By all the odds, Washington should have lost the battle. His leadership to cross the Delaware and attack at Trenton, when any reasonable man would have decided to against such an attack, is a brilliant example of focus, devotion to cause, determination and leadership. His ability to get people to follow him and do so under dire and dreadful circumstances is exemplary. This is a story every leader needs to know.