Three Leadership Lessons From The 13 Colonies’ 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Last week was America’s 242nd birthday.  Getting 56 delegates from 13 colonies to sign the Declaration Of Independence in 1776 was no easy task. It took leaders with courage, conviction and commitment to do what no colony had ever done before: break away from their mother country.  Here are three leadership lessons from the signers:

1. Teamwork:  56 Delegates at the Continental Congress had to work together, agree to compromises and demonstrate trust and loyalty with each other to reach unanimous consensus.  Considered an act of treason by Great Britain, the delegates risked death by affixing their signatures to this Declaration. As signatory Benjamin Franklin said, “We must all hang together or most assuredly we will all hang separately.”

2. Tone:  The most overlooked line of the Declaration is its last sentence: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”  Now that’s setting an inspirational standard to motivate a new nation.  These founding fathers put their lives, fortunes and honor on the line for their country … and in doing so they established a benchmark for millions of American patriots who have since followed their lead.

3. Tenacity:   During the Revolution, the 56 signers courageously endured 9 KIA, 5 POWs, 12 houses burned and 17 bankruptcies with 0 defectors!  All pledged to give it their all … and they kept their word despite years of deprivation and adversity.  They persevered with a purpose and set a standard of excellence that lives on today.

Paul Becker inspires leaders and organizations on how to overcome adversity and achieve their maximum achievement through “Teamwork, Tone, Tenacity.”™  A motivational keynote speaker and author, Paul draws on decades of experience successfully leading, large, diverse teams in complex and unpredictable situations.  His “T3” principles provide a framework for turning tragedy into triumph when faced with the unexpected, and directly translate into corporate pillars of performance, productivity and profit.  

The Becker T3Group focuses on improving personal and team results by reflecting on real world examples of leadership and translating “T3” practices into corporate pillars of performance, productivity and profit.  For more T3, visit: https://TheBeckerT3Group.com 

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