On this day in leadership history in 1782, George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart. The Continental Congress had forbidden General George Washington from granting commissions and promotions in rank to recognize merit. Yet Washington wanted to honor merit, particularly among the enlisted soldiers. Washington stated that the award was to be a permanent one, but once the Revolution ended, the Badge of Merit was all but forgotten until the 20th century. What’s the leadership lesson? Be gracious and look for ways to honor and recognize your team members. Every word or act is worth the effort.
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