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Lesson 5: Leaders must maintain the initiative

George Meade - July 3

George Meade - July 3
George Meade (center, seated) did not prevent the Confederate army's escape after Gettysburg. (Library of Congress)

After the Confederates retreated from Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln and many others urged General George Meade to pursue and destroy Robert E. Lee's forces.  Meade, however, moved slowly in his attempt to catch up with the Confederates.  Lee managed to escape back into Virginia, and the war continued for nearly two more years.

Questions to consider:

What is suggested by continuous action by a person in a position of leadership?

When you make a decision, how often do you consider results beyond the immediate effects of the decision?

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