Early one morning, George Washington walked through his camp. He had asked his soldiers to make the camp stronger and more secure. He wanted to see if the work was complete. He came upon some men who were lifting heavy logs to make a fence. The corporal in charge stood at one side giving orders. The men lifted and lifted, but they could not lift the last heavy log high enough.
The corporal continued to urge the men forward, but did nothing to help them. The men struggled and heaved, but they could not lift it. The log was about to fall down. George Washington ran to them, grabbed the log, and helped them roll it into place. The soldiers did not recognize Washington in his heavy coat and hat, but thanked him gratefully. The corporal said nothing.
Washington turned to the man and asked, “Why don’t you help your men?”
“Because I’m a corporal,” said the man haughtily.
“Indeed,” said Washington, unbuttoning his coat to show his uniform. “I’m the commander-in-chief of this army. The next time your men need help, send for me.” With that, he turned and walked away.
The corporal learned a lesson that day and he learned about George Washington’s character. Good leaders are never too proud to lend a hand.
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