Brian Braudis’ 1-Minute Morning Memo: February 15, 2016 – Today’s focus: Purpose

Leadership Purpose

In recognition of President’s Day, 2016 we’ll take a look at Leadership Purpose.

The President of the United States is considered the top executive of our Nation with significant world influence.
The President’s Day recognition is to honor all of our presidents but primarily Washington and Lincoln.  Washington’s birthday is February 22, and Lincoln’s fell on February 12.

We used to enjoy two public holidays recognizing both presidents but in 1968, things changed. The 90th Congress created a uniform system of federal Monday holidays and voted to shift three existing holidays (including Washington’s Birthday) to Mondays. The law took effect in 1971, and as a result, Washington’s Birthday holiday was changed to the third Monday in February.

The way these two presidents shaped our nation and the world is deserving of this attention from Congress and their contribution is worthy of our recognition. I urge you to reflect on their legacy of leadership and suggest some cold evening reading:

Washington: A Life is deep and wide portrait of our Washington.
Team of Rivals is an excellent read intimately detailing Lincoln’s approach to life and leadership.

Be sure to put your feet in the right place then stand firm.
— Abraham Lincoln