The 4 Revolutionary Leadership Tactics of Paul Revere

This is a guest post by Joel J. Miller. Formerly a vice president at Thomas Nelson, he is the author of the fascinating Independence-era biography, The Revolutionary Paul Revere. You can find him on Twitter or his blog.

When we think of leaders from America’s revolutionary era, our minds jump to military commanders like George Washington, political organizers like Samuel Adams, and rousing orators like Patrick Henry. In the hierarchy of the Revolution, these men stand atop the loftiest rungs. For good reason.

The Revolutionary Paul Revere

These men accomplished amazing feats against incredible odds. But they could not have done it alone. Like executives in a successful company, they required the service and sacrifice of others to achieve their goals. They required effective lieutenants—people like Paul Revere.

Everyone knows Revere for his famous ride. Most are, however, unaware of the vital “midlevel” leadership roles and functions that he played in the buildup to Independence. In researching his life for The Revolutionary Paul Revere, I found four tactics that made Revere indispensable to America’s revolutionary efforts—tactics that can also make you indispensable in your organization.

1. Take the Initiative

Revere was a blue collar guy, an artisan. Unlike other revolutionary leaders like John Adams or John Hancock, he received a minimal education and was entitled to none of life’s higher stations in colonial Boston, his hometown. That didn’t stop him from serving the cause. He led from where he was.

A goldsmith by trade, Revere led where he was able. One example: During the British military occupation of Boston following the Tea Party, who helped to organize a spy ring of workaday patriots to keep tabs on the redcoats and their commanders? None other than Revere—repairman of silverware by day, cloak-and-dagger coordinator by night.

Anyone can fill time and work a to-do list. Taking the initiative to lead is what sets apart someone truly valuable to an organization.

2. Leverage Your Strengths

Everyone brings unique talents to their situations, because everyone’s unique. The trick is in leveraging those strengths. Revere was a sociable fellow; he joined several different local clubs and associations and could regularly be found in the taproom of the Salutation or Green Dragon taverns. Connectedness was one of Revere’s strengths. So he used it.

Historian David Hackett Fischer sorted the membership lists of seven different Boston political groups and associations. He found 255 members in all, of whom 94.1 percent were in just one or two groups. And at the other end of the spectrum? Only Revere and his friend Joseph Warren belonged to more than four groups—in fact, each was a member of five different groups. Revere’s network made him useful as someone who could link disparate revolutionary parties, and his connectedness applied in other areas as well, including his role as an express rider.

Whatever your unique strengths, leveraging them in a leadership capacity increases your worth to your organization—especially if you excel at the third tactic.

3. Be Reliable

When Sam Adams needed someone to send word to New York that Boston patriots had just dumped several hundred crates of tea in Boston Harbor, he sent Revere—who was also one of the likely participants in the destruction of the tea.

That was 1773. He served as an express rider through start of the war in 1775. In one of countless messages Revere carried to New York during this period, Boston patriot Thomas Young referred to Revere as “Steady, vigorous, sensible, and persevering.” Whether it was riding express or printing money or casting cannons or even figuring out how to manufacture gunpowder, Revere was tapped time and again because patriot higher-ups could count on him to get the job done, whatever it was and even if he’d never done it before, which oftentimes he had not.

That last fact highlights Revere’s strength at creative problem solving, something he reliably leveraged every day. It’s also one area that every leader at any level in an organization should cultivate.

4. Cultivate Creativity

Human creativity is life’s only truly renewable resource. The more you use it, the more you get. In his business life, Revere was constantly creating and developing new methods, fresh approaches, and ingenious applications. He transferred that facility into the patriot movement. Whether it was unknotting technological problems for the patriots or coordinating communications, Revere reaffirmed his value at every turn.

Take the ride for which he’s famous. Revere realized that if the British were to seize the powder stores at Concord, they might try to lock down Boston to prevent any word about the assault from spreading. Revere’s job was to spread the news, so coming home through Charlestown several days before his fabled ride and the Battle of Lexington and Concord, he contrived the one-and-two lamp signal from North Church tower. That way if he were unable to get back to Charlestown, the patriots there could still get the news and spread the alarm.

Revere’s fears proved true. When the Brits did move, they seized almost every boat in town and placed sentries along the roads. Revere was able to get out by one of the few undiscovered boats, but the people in Charlestown already knew about the troops when Revere arrived because he’d charged someone with hanging the lights in the tower. The solution worked.

If it’s true that most of a leader’s job involves problem solving, then one of the most important things you can do as a leader is to follow Revere and cultivate creativity in the endeavor.

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  • Eric Tangen

    I would like a copy of this book because too few books take a look at leading from where you are. A lot of books focus on improving your position through leadership.

    And I want to find out more about Paul Revere who seems like he would be right at home in today's political atmosphere.
    My recent post Everyone Communicates Few Connect by John Maxwell

  • Jim Hunt

    Great to see Joel Miller's new book about the leadership of Paul Revere. When I give presentations on social media to companies and audiences, I use both Paul Revere and Martin Luther as two great examples of leading social media efforts in their own time. I look forward to learning more about this great American and how his leadership help shape our country in a time of unrest and questions from the general populace.

    Jim Hunt

  • http://Www.Twitter.com/DanNSurrealLife Daniel Sparks

    I LOVE American history especially when it has practical ideas as to how we can improve ourselves by being modeling the old, tried-and-proven ways of life!

    • http://Www.Twitter.com/DanNSurrealLife Daniel Sparks

      *modeling, not “being modeling”!

  • Sam Chamelin

    Stories like Paul Revere's continue to inspire and motivate. I am particularly interested in this book because, being a pastor in a small, rural community, there is an inherent sense that if we aren't a "big city," we can't have a big impact. Revere's story, and the Revolution itself, continues to stand against this line of thinking by showing that committed individuals, wherever they may be, are capable of doing great things in the context in which they find themselves.

    • http://joeljmiller.com Joel J. Miller

      Sam, that was one of my major takeaways from studying Revere's life. Everyone matters, and people at any level can have major impact.
      My recent post Resolutions for 2010

  • http://www.facebook.com/emuelle1 Eric S. Mueller

    I'm executing a career change from engineering into Real Estate. When I read Joel's post, I imagined that this book has a lot of information that could be useful to me.

    I also love history.
    My recent post MSN: 8 Lottery Winners Who Lost Their Millions

  • Juan Barrera

    Hi Mike,
    The first time I read about Paul Revere was in the Book The Tipping Point. As you said it how many people at any corporation/organization are working behind the scene making things happen but we really never hear from them. Paul Revere is the perfect example of thise gifted few that are connectors but also have the desire to leave their print in the world by sometimes sacrificing their lives for the good of others.
    Everything comes to how you become a connector of people, I wonder what was his strategy, if he was a social person, does that mean we would do the talk? or was he doing the listening part of the conversation?
    If I win the book that is going to be my priority to understand the how and the why?
    Thank you

  • Susan Smith

    From the first moment I saw a preview of this book release, I knew I would have to break my book purchase ban in order to have it. Not only am I a huge lover of all American History, my son is, as well. He is a sophomore at Longwood University studying to be an elementary school teacher. We have already discussed purchasing this book, reading it together and discussing during the first part of his summer break, before he heads off to Goshen Boy Scout camp for his summer work.

    Whether I win a copy or not, I can't wait to read it!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/AaronArmstrong Aaron Armstrong

    I'd really like to read this book because it's far more effective to get insights on leadership (or any other skill for that matter) from someone's example.
    My recent post Does Every Sermon Have to be About Jesus?

  • http://www.pleasingtoyou.com Teri Lynne

    There one was a girl who loved history,
    Amazed by all the great mystery!
    Leaders who prayed
    Solid foundations laid,
    The lessons we need for today. (sorry! couldn't think of another word to rhyme! hope that doesn't disqualify me!!)

    I would love this book … hits all my reading sweet spots ~ history, semi-biographical, leadership … and I love the whole leading from the middle concept! One of both my husband's and my favorite books on leadership is "Leading from the Second Chair."
    My recent post Freedom {Psalm 119 study}

    • http://www.facebook.com/fourfecta Mitch Ebie

      Nice poem!

  • http://www.pleasingtoyou.com Teri Lynne

    There "once" not "one" … drat!
    My recent post Freedom {Psalm 119 study}

  • Philip Shane

    Hi,

    There is very less creativity involved in what I do. Its about duplication and following a success model. However, there is a lot of Initiative required, a lot of ‘leveraging of strength’ and ‘being reliable’ required.

    I need this book because I’m sure most of the aspects of leadership apply to any industry and hopefully, I will be able to apply some of the learnings from this book.

    Thanks

  • Jeff Calloway

    Michael – Being a pastor/church planting strategist, I am constantly in leadership training mode, whether volunteers or paid church planting staff. Would love to have this book to glean common sense leadership principles, not theoretical, untried ideas.

  • PaulSteinbrueck

    Hi Mike, The Revolutionary Paul Revere sounds like a great book. I read lots of books about leadership. Many of them are geared specifically for the top dog – the CEO, the senior pastor, etc. This book sounds as though it addresses leadership issues specifically for those who are not the top dog. I'd love to read the book, because while I am CEO of my company, I believe the most important role I have is to develop my staff to become better leaders. This book would be a great tool to help me do that.

    By the way, a month or two ago you sent me a copy of Linchpin through one of your blog posts/giveaways. After reading it, I thought the principles in it were so important that I bought a copy for each of my staff and gave it to each of them this past weekend after we attended a baseball game together. Thanks again!
    My recent post Are You Stuck in the Future Quo?

  • http://www.therextras.com Barbara Boucher

    Don’t know if publishers are all out there in social media, but therapists are still rare in blogging. I’m leading the way among my colleagues in blogging. Reliably. Read my creatively written blog.

  • http://www.therextras.com BarbaraBoucher PTPhD

    Leading the way for my therapist colleagues by writing a creative blog. Reliably.
    My recent post Morgan's Wonderland

  • anna roudenbush

    I love following Joel on Twitter and you as well. I am a very big history buff. I'm currently writing a novel based on the life of my g-greatgrandfather who was one one a only a few Union soldiers to escape from Camp Ford in Tyler, Texas. I have learned so much more in my research than I could ever have learned from school so I think it's important for books like this that give us much more than we can learn from a text book.
    Thanks Joel for giving us this new insight on a great man.

  • http://seandsims.com Sean

    This would be a book for both my wife and I to read. My wife more so first, a successful business woman, a voracious reader of both leadership and revolutionary era materials. Most importantly, as a woman currently 8 months pregnant, this would be something that I could offer, bring a smile during an uncomfortable time, AND a gift that I would not get in trouble for (navigating the minefield of pregnancy communication is always fun!).

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/benrwoodard benrwoodard

    I would love to read The Revolutionary: Paul Revere. I'm starting a new job at a bank this week after cut backs at the church I am working for asked me to take a part time position due to financial difficulties. I'm going from an atmosphere that I created at the church to an atmosphere that can be rather intimidating. I hope to move up quickly and make a positive influence. This book seems like it would be a great help and encouragement to me on this new and exciting endeavor.
    My recent post Building a Church Blog Strategy

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/benrwoodard benrwoodard

    I would love to read The Revolutionary: Paul Revere. I'm starting a new job at a bank this week after cut backs at the church I am working for asked me to take a part time position due to financial difficulties. I'm going from an atmosphere that I created at the church to an atmosphere that can be rather intimidating. I hope to move up quickly and make a positive influence. This book seems like it would be a great help and encouragement to me on this new and exciting endeavor.
    My recent post Building a Church Blog Strategy

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/success2you John Richardson

    Paul Revere, if he were alive today, would have a million followers on Twitter. A natural "connector," he knew everybody within miles of his home. Most importantly, he knew the other connectors, which made his famous ride successful. Malcolm Gladwell, in his great book, the Tipping Point, compares Paul Revere with William Dawes who rode on the same night in the opposite direction. William Dawes was just as concerned about the British coming, but he was not a connector. He didn't know a lot of people along his route. And because of this he had little or no credibility with any of the militia leaders or town leaders, that would cause others to take action.
    I love this story, and this book sounds like it is full of leadership insights from this great man. I would love to dig into the guts of this story and put together a presentation about it as it ties in with the social media explosion we are seeing today. I can just see it now… The Tweeters are coming… The Tweeters are coming…
    My recent post From Blog to Book: Creating Meedeeah

  • http://www.lorisreflections.com/ Lori

    Paul Revere indispensable….was the first Linchpin. I have greatly enjoyed reading Seth Godin's book, would love to read about the first linchpin to blaze the trail.

  • SueB

    This sounds like just the book I need to get for both my daughter and step-daughter. They are both in middle-management positions and are ESSENTIAL to the successful operation of each business. From a purely historical and pleasurable point, I would like to have this book for my husband and I. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

  • http://www.springhillacademy.net perry coghlan

    I desire to inspire our teachers and students with the worldview of Paul Revere.

  • Keith Fife

    At the young age of 51, I finished my Masters Degree in "Church Leadership" from Southern Nazarene University. I have been reading many books on leadership over the past few years and I would like to add this one to the list. I have a daughter who is 20 who also has an insatiable appetite for books especially on the topic of leadership. If I get this copy, I will read it and pass it on to her. She is currently working full time and going to school full time to get her Business Degree from Liberty University. We both follow you (Michael Hyatt) on Twitter and I noticed she has patterned some of her blogging after your style. Thanks for the consideration!

  • W R Cannon

    I am in an employment transition. I have been a pastor for the past fourteen years. I resigned a year ago and have yet to land a position in a new career area. I am interviewing for two sells positions that can lead to leadership roles in the company. I need general leadership help as I make this transition and this book appears to have what I need. (A free copy will be the only avenue I have that I can afford at this time)

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/nathancreitz Nathan Creitz

    I love the American Revolution. I live in Boston. I'm a developing leader. I'm church planting in the Boston area so a book on our history and on leadership is like a combo I've got to read.

    I'm inspired by Paul Revere's ride. His message was urgent. He knew people needed to hear it so he exhausted his horse and rode through the night to proclaim it. How much more urgent is the message of the Gospel? May this book inspire your readers to "exhaust their horses"!
    My recent post Stuff I Like

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/nathancreitz Nathan Creitz

    I love the American Revolution. I live in Boston. I'm a developing leader. I'm church planting in the Boston area so a book on our history and on leadership is like a combo I've got to read.

    I'm inspired by Paul Revere's ride. His message was urgent. He knew people needed to hear it so he exhausted his horse and rode through the night to proclaim it. How much more urgent is the message of the Gospel? May this book inspire your readers to "exhaust their horses"!
    My recent post Stuff I Like

  • http://principlesoffailure.blogspot.com Siddhartha

    Since I was a child I have always enjoyed the story of Paul Revere. I have often asked myself if I would have had the courage to do what he did in those circumstances.

    His role as a leader has been, in my opinion, largely overlooked so I appreciate this book’s message.

    This post has caused me to reflect on my own leadership strengths and weaknesses. The point which captured my attention the most was #3 above: Be reliable.

    The world would be a much better place if each of us could cultivate a little more of this trait.

    I would enjoy a copy of this book to deepen my understanding of Paul Revere’s life and the traits which allowed him to be an influential figure in American history. But more than that, I would like to model my behavior after his in order to make the world a better place.

    As a teacher of leadership principles I know this; before we can ask others to change, we must improve our own lives.

    • http://joeljmiller.com Joel J Miller

      Totally agree on reliability, an area I need to improve. I find Revere’s story on this point very encouraging. It almost didn’t matter what was asked, he figured out how to make it happen time and again. For someone leading from the middle this is an indispensable trait.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/TheDailyWalk TheDailyWalk

    I love biographies about historical figures. It is great to find out about the little things in the historical figures life that directed them to that "great moment" they are know for.
    It is like the book Bonheffer that I am currently reading now. There were so many events that actually molded him into the great theologian and martyr he turned out to be.
    Also, what makes biographies great is they are great teachers. They can teach you many, many valuable lessons.
    My recent post Bonheffer by Eric Metaxa

    • http://joeljmiller.com Joel J. Miller

      I agree about bios. They're windows into the experiences of others. Whether they're brief, like Revere, or exhaustive, like Bonhoeffer, they provide entre into the education, the choices, the disappointments, the victories of all sorts of people. What you can learn in a good bio is nearly endless.
      My recent post Resolutions for 2010

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/kitpalmer Kit Palmer

    Michael, I would love to get a copy of this book!

    As a program leader/manager with a small startup company, I have been inspired through books by John Maxwell, Seth Godin, etc..to take my game "up a notch" and really make a difference here. One of my company's goals is to empower our hourly technicians to become a "self-directed workforce". As a coach for one of our three technician teams, I have been struggling to effectively convey this vision to employees who have been trained to work in a more traditional manufacturing environment, and are used to having a supervisor tell them what to do next.

    I think this book will offer some great insights from a different perspective than most traditional leadership books. As a bonus, I love American history so this book is a win/win!

  • http://www.polecreek.org Dennis Thurman

    Leaders are learners. When a tree stops growing, it is dead and when a leader ceases to grow, their effectiveness dies, also. I want my legacy of leadership to be one of vitality and vibrancy. A fellow who had scaled steep peaks, one day fell to his death doing what he loved most. On his grave, his epitaph read, “He died climbing.” That’s what I want to do! I believe Paul Revere would have appreciated that attitude. As the author, Joel Miller, points out, Revere exemplifies reliability. This book can help me not only emulate such leader qualities, but equip other young leaders to be inspired by Revere’s revolutionary spirit.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/patriciazell patriciazell

    I already have my copy of Joel's book–I'm enjoying reading about an often-unsung hero of the birth of our country. Congrats to Joel and may this book be a true success.

  • Mark Bushor

    I managed to sleep through most of my US History classes & wouldn't mind a second chance to read up on an American folk hero.

    • http://joeljmiller.com Joel J. Miller

      This version of Revere's story won't put you to sleep. Promise.
      My recent post Resolutions for 2010

  • http://www.4u2live.com Peter Eleazar

    Great to see an emphasis on the practical aspects of implementation, although (at risk of prejudging this laudable book) implementation is but half the story. Moses showed that without a framework and accountability to that framework, best intentions still fall short of greatness, for true greatness is born in the heart of God not in the original ideas of men.

  • Scott

    If you don't learn from the past, you're doomed to repeat…………………… which can be good or bad……………. but learning and curiosity are two traits I hold onto dearly. This sounds like a book to absorb. It will be fascinating to learn more about the man when what we really only learn about is the man's story. I'd be honored to receive a signed copy.

    Scott

  • http://twitter.com/jeremyjanes @jeremyjanes

    Revere had the gift of "connecting" with people. He used this gift to be a major player in the Revolutionary War.

  • http://christsumbler.blogspot.com Ronne

    I'm passionate about leadership, creativity, and authenticity. But if I simply used those qualities to explain why receiving a copy of this particular book is important to me, I would be less than honest. You see, in high school, I rode a stick horse up and down the halls yelling "The yearbooks are coming, the yearbooks are coming!" I'm not sure if Paul Revere would have smiled or rolled his eyes, but my friend and I (two blondes in charge of marketing the special 1976 edition) felt brilliant and bold.

  • Matthew Ware

    As a young (32) Executive Pastor, I'm in a unique position to lead in 2 directions. I am intrigued by Miller's description of Revere as a "midlevel leader" and the insights he gives to Revere's methods. I would find this valuable for myself as I continue to grow in my own leadership abilities, and also as a resource to help cultivate stronger, solid leadership in my key staff people. I've already been inspired by the 4 tactics presented in this post; it just makes me want to read the book that much more!

    As a bonus, I love American history! After spending a week in Boston last year (primarily to cheer for my sister in the Boston Marathon), I was drawn more to Revere's story than any of the other patriots.

    Bottom line: winning the book would be fun, but if I don't, I'll buy it anyway! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/gripograce Curtis Cecil

    I would love to read this book for multiple reasons: 1) I am a history buff 2) This time frame is one of my favorites 3) I am at a point right now having been in the same field that I need a creative burst! Something new to energize the process and the Managers that I lead.
    Thanks for reviewing the book!

  • Alan Johnston

    WOW…God has an amazing sense of congruity. Leadership issues are at the forefront of my life and ministry right now and it seems like every interesting and exciting book i run across lately is about leadership issues. This book sounds amazing and like a great resource for my life, our staff, and our ministry.

  • http://twitter.com/joesheehan @joesheehan

    As a born-and-raised Bostonian, I've heard much of "One if by Land…", but never once considered that Paul Revere did much of anything beyond that. Really, I didn't. The "Revere-ware" brand of kitchen pots and pans my parents used gave me the consideration that maybe he had a day-job. But that was it.

    I'm quite intrigued by Revere's role as a "connector" in light of Maxwell's latest books on connecting and communicating. And I think this book would augment my own continued education about the Revolutionary times – I just finished Joseph Ellis' "Founding Brothers" this past weekend and will soon start on McCullough's "1776"

    Oh, and one more reason – Paul Revere is one of the Beastie Boys' best. songs. ever.

    Thanks!

  • Hanne Moon

    I'd love to have a copy of the book! I feel that we in America have lost our way – in part because we've forgotten our history. Paul Revere is an example of the true American spirit. While there are people who stand out as they walk across the stage of history, it's actually the everyday men and women of this country that make it all work. It is these people that comprise the fabric of our society and from whom we get our strength, not the famous who are here one day and gone the next. Paul Revere was a part of that fabric, a part of the glue that held everything together during those tumultuous years of our struggle to become free. Without the wealth, foresight and creativity of our Founding Fathers, we would not be here today; however, for those of us leading ordinary lives, it's Revere's story that becomes our own, his life to which we can most fully relate. Perhaps in the story of Paul Revere, we can find the encouragement to keep the dream of a free country alive and thriving, a dream that began nearly 240 years ago in the hearts of ordinary people like you and me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jdhibbard Doug Hibbard

    I hate to be a high-level book mooch, since last week I wanted Maxwell's Everyone Communicates, but you keep offering to giveaway books that I really want. Why should I get one? Because I don't expect to go down in history as one of the greatest leaders or preachers of all time, but I'd like to have the insight on how to be the underpinning for those who are worthy of being considered that way.

    Thanks for giving away books! I love my google reader and the blogs it brings my way, but books! Let us never give up real books!!

    Doug
    My recent post April 16th Thoughts

  • Curtis Fletcher

    Revere has always been a bit of a heroic every-man to me since memorizing the Midnight Ride as a child. What intrigues me in the snapshots above is the potential of exploring the combination of "leading from where you are" and "cultivating creativity". The crossroads of those two paths is a place I have sometimes found difficult to navigate. The opportunity to gain insight into how to balance "organizational" position and creative forward thinking is pure gold. I'd love a copy.

  • http://twitter.com/nanahg3 @nanahg3

    What a great premise for a book – history lesson and leadership lesson all in one!

    I would love to give a copy of this book to my brother-in-law – he has always been a maverick, an outside-the-box thinker and a great leader and I know he would truly cherish it and pass the word along to other leaders in his organization!

  • Jeff Myers

    I would love a copy of this book. (Like crack for a history buff!)
    My recent post A Couple More John Muir Quotes

  • Cynthia Cutright

    I would love to win a copy of The Revolutionary Paul Revere because my sons and I are huge history buffs. With the theme of the book focusing on leadership it may help to reinforce what I teach all of my children in our homeschool. To learn more of Paul Revere, besides his famous ride, would be an asset to our knowledge and learning experience.

    Thank you for the opportunity for a chance to win a copy.
    My recent post 30 Days to a Better Blog (Day 2)

  • Crystal Sea

    I would love a copy of this book. I’ve enjoyed learning more about John Adams the past few years, who was in many ways another unsung hero of the Revolutionary War. I’d love to learn about Revere now. My husband would also enjoy this, as he is a huge history buff, and when we were done with the book, we would lend it around to interested friends, “seeding” the author’s work even further. Thanks!

  • Scoti Springfield

    My son doesn't like to read, but he's a history buff. I'd love to send the book to him when he's deployed to our Presidents' wars for the thirteenth time.

    My recent post Caught in a Sudden Spring Snow Storm

  • Jeff Dunkle

    I am looking forward to reading Joel's book about Paul Revere in order to learn more detail about this early Patriot of our Country, the learn about the person behind the courageous "midnight ride". I have been increasingly intrigued through Joel's posts on this work realizing that the spirit and mindset of the founding fathers of our Country is as critically important today as it was back then. Liberty is a reward to be struggled for if it is to be retained. Knowing the thoughts, motives, sacrifices and perseverance of those who successfully fought the battles before us will greatly assist us today in our struggle to preserve Liberty for our children.

  • http://tinyurl.com/AfricaStrategy Bob Allen

    There are ots of reasons why I would like to have and read this book. Reading the description and the four tactics, I thought, “I’m a mid-level leader who wants to make a difference.” I don’t aspire to top-level leadership — I don’t have the charisma for that kind of leadership — but I do want to do well where I am and to make a difference. As I read the four tactics, I did a self-evaluation:

    Taking the initiative: an area in which I need improvement.
    Leveraging strengths: I know my strengths but probably don’t work from them enough.
    Reliability: I think I do well here — at least that’s a common thread in evaluations. (I don’t, however, know if I would be reliable in dumping tea in the Boston Harbour — I REALLY like chai — BIG GRIN!)
    Cultivating creativity: I’m spontaneously creative but need to work on building that in as a normal part of my work flow.

    So, all in all, it looks like the book would be helpful.

    Beyond that, my job assignment with my missions organization in Africa is training, including leadership development. This book looks like a great resource for working with people who have the potential to be good leaders.

    Finally, besides just loving to read, the period of US history between about 1750 and 1840 is a fascinating time. There were so many who thought deeply and carefully about how to establish our democracy — brilliant men who put feet to their thoughts and words. One of my all-time favorite books is Founding Brothers by Joseph J Ellis. Another book about the key characters in that time period would be a real gift.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cameron.curry Cameron M. Curry

    As the Executive Director of a group of three charter schools, our students are currently studying the Revolutionary War. Having this book for our Principals is a direct tie in with the student studies that is relevant and will impact the leadership of the program. Thanks for the opportunity Michael. Whether I win or not, we will be purchasing the books.

  • C. Grant

    I think this book would be a great read about Paul Revere but also an inspiration for those of us who go about our daily lives wondering how we might make a difference. Revere truly was a multi-dimensional man that many of us should aspire to be like today. I look forward to reading this.

  • http://noelpiper.com noel

    Every person has a story, not just the ones who have been given biography fame. I’m always listening for these stories and discovering that there are few, if any, “ordinary” people.

    That’s why I wanted to name my book “Ordinary Women and Their Extraordinary God.” But the editors didn’t go for it, because one said he couldn’t give his wife a book that might look like he thought she was just ordinary. (So it was retitled “Faithful Women and their Extraordinary God.”)

    But that’s the point! Let’s hear all those “ordinary” stories to discover the extraordinary and mysterious ways God works.

  • Niki

    Being from Massachusetts I have had the benefit of learning and hearing much about the history. I so loved every field trip to Boston and walking the Freedom Trail. As an adult with children, I am looking forward to sharing the experience with them. I have long since been interested in the details of Paul Revere's life – especially after visiting his house as an adult to appreciate his story. In my career, I am a Leadership Development Consultant and am always interested in leadership traits, ideas, etc. I know I would really enjoy reading this book! On a silly note – my Dad's name is Paul so as a child it always seemed cool to me that it was the same as Paul Revere's first name. And every time I drive from Boston to my hometown via Rte. 2, I think about Paul Revere's historic ride and how brave he was and marvel at the historic significance one person can have on the history of a country. Thank you for the opportunity to win such an interesting book.

  • Bonnie Holley

    As a home-school mom I have always been inspired by and taught my children from the lives of the patriots. Paul Revere has left a long legacy of leadership, bravery, patriotism and almost everyone still remembers him today. I agree with Miller's points that true leadership requires initiative, strength, creativity and reliability. Those principles are so necessary today and I am passionate about instilling these values into my children's lives.. I am proud too that my children exhibit these values on a daily basis. We need a good example of these leadership principles and I think Paul Revere would be an excellent model for us all to study. Of course I am a passionate history fanatic and would love to own this great book too. It would be great to learn as much as we can from this tome about Paul Revere.

  • http://www.jonathanhasson.com Jonathan

    Michael, I'd like to get this book due to my position within our company giving me a unique opportunity to spread the message. I am an upper level manager in a service company, and have two levels above me to the company president – I am, therefore, a "lieutenant" moving up in the organization. I also have several other "lieutenants" on my staff. I am in the unique position of being able to benefit personally from this book as well and help others to benefit from it as well. If it turns out to be an effective learning experience, I plan to share it with my staff "lieutenants" and start the process of making it viral within the organization. Thanks for the opportunity.
    My recent post Boquerón Sunset

  • http://www.twitter.com/cwjazz Christopher Weiss

    Hi Mike,

    I would love a copy of this book because I don't view it as an essential history classic (as the story of Paul Revere is typically portrayed) but as a way of proving leadership is not a special talent only bestowed upon an elite small group of people. Leadership is different for everybody, which can be realized in part by the truly broad definition of the term (not merely "Having other people follow you"), and is crystalized in your point about leading from where you are.

    This book on the leadership style of Paul Revere will help add even more resources and specific tangible examples to my many lessons on leadership that I give in my job working in Student Affairs in Higher Education. One of the hardest struggles I have is showing students that no matter what point in their life they are at, what type of personality they have, or even what their major is, they are all capable of being great ground-moving leaders. I believe this book will help give me further insight to convey this message, as well as provide a great resource to share with my students who would benefit from researching this topic more on their own.

    Lastly, one of your subtle points stood out to me. You said in your introduction that the Patriots required sacrifice (among other things) to be successful. It is my hope that this book will help highlight a very difficult idea that many of my students encounter; many believe that they can be either a great student leader or a college student, or put simpler they can make a difference or have a good time. I struggle greatly with removing that OR from their lives as college students. I hope that Paul Revere's life and leadership style will show that he had a successful career, was an extremely signficant leader, AND had a good time in the process (you mentioned his membership of 5 groups and being a regular at 2 taverns).

    All in all the book seems amazing and yet again I am in your debt for sharing such an incredible resource and opportunity. Hope all is well!

    Christopher Weiss
    My recent post CWJazz: I honestly think I'm going to die, this tow truck driver is INSANE!!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/cwjazz Christopher Weiss

    Hi Mike,

    I would love a copy of this book because I don't view it as an essential history classic (as the story of Paul Revere is typically portrayed) but as a way of proving leadership is not a special talent only bestowed upon an elite small group of people. Leadership is different for everybody, which can be realized in part by the truly broad definition of the term (not merely "Having other people follow you"), and is crystalized in your point about leading from where you are.

    This book on the leadership style of Paul Revere will help add even more resources and specific tangible examples to my many lessons on leadership that I give in my job working in Student Affairs in Higher Education. One of the hardest struggles I have is showing students that no matter what point in their life they are at, what type of personality they have, or even what their major is, they are all capable of being great ground-moving leaders. I believe this book will help give me further insight to convey this message, as well as provide a great resource to share with my students who would benefit from researching this topic more on their own.

    Lastly, one of your subtle points stood out to me. You said in your introduction that the Patriots required sacrifice (among other things) to be successful. It is my hope that this book will help highlight a very difficult idea that many of my students encounter; many believe that they can be either a great student leader or a college student, or put simpler they can make a difference or have a good time. I struggle greatly with removing that OR from their lives as college students. I hope that Paul Revere's life and leadership style will show that he had a successful career, was an extremely signficant leader, AND had a good time in the process (you mentioned his membership of 5 groups and being a regular at 2 taverns).

    All in all the book seems amazing and yet again I am in your debt for sharing such an incredible resource and opportunity. Hope all is well!

    Christopher Weiss
    My recent post CWJazz: I honestly think I'm going to die, this tow truck driver is INSANE!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/levittmike @levittmike

    I would love a copy of this book, because it shows that we can still learn leadership skills from those that lived a long time ago. Even with iPads, iPhones, wireless Internet, instant news, instant everything, there's a lot to be said about learning from our historical mentors and leaders.

  • http://www.averageus.com Lon

    I love American Hero biographies, especially those that focus on the unique leadership skills of our most famous early figures. I've toured Mr Revere's home and the Old North Church he helped make famous. Now I hope to read more about the man behind and the stories we all know. "One, if by day…"
    My recent post Being Angry With God

  • http://sandysandmeyer.blogspot.com/ Sandy

    My husband is a history lover and we both love leadership material, especially coming from a Christian perspective. Would love to tag-team read this my my hubby!
    My recent post Blessings Abound

  • dscottwilke

    Michael,

    I'd like to receive of copy of this book because I've always loved learning about history, and particularly the individuals who played key roles in shaping our nation's history. Also, I've read a lot of books on leadership and often find them a bit dry. The leadership books that hold my interest are the ones that profile individuals and show how certain leadership qualities were evidenced in their daily lives. Finally, I've found that it is much easier to engage my 10yr old son in conversations about personal disciplines and leadership when I can make them relevant by pointing to specific examples about the people and topics he's learning about in school. From your description, it sounds like this book would hit right in the intersection of those three areas, providing great learnings for me and great conversations (and hopefully learnings) with my son. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Rod Seney

    I think we all too often wait on more “gifted”, “higher ups” to the job at hand, when it takes all of us. I have held positions at both levels (and am currently a stay-at-home Dad), and I wish I had realized before now the role that Revere played in leadership during his life. I am not too familiar with Paul Revere’s life (other than the famous ride), so I look forward to learning more about him and his leadership style. Thanks so much for the chance to receive a copy.

  • http://bondchristian.com/ bondChristian

    I love how un-new these are. Seriously, every time we study great leaders, these always come up. We don't need anything new. We already have all the information we need. What we need are reminders of what we already know.

    Like this. Thanks for reminding us.

    -Marshall Jones Jr.
    My recent post Forget the youth – Here’s the real gap in church ministry

  • http://twitter.com/DerMonj @DerMonj

    I am just finishing reading Johnny Tremaine with my 11-year-old son and this would make a great follow-up to further anchor this novel in history. This is history we can chew on and emulate. It helps to further hone a respect for history and expand the scope of honoring our fathers and mothers.

    I am a former reader of RazorMouth and Menschwerks and am glad to see Joel doing well.

    • http://joeljmiller.com Joel J. Miller

      Awesome to see a former RazorMouther here. I hope you enjoy the book. Esther Forbes (Johnny Tremaine's author as well as a Revere biographer) was one of my inspirations.
      My recent post Resolutions for 2010

      • http://twitter.com/DerMonj @DerMonj

        Forbes has been inspirational. I am fascinated by how she cuts through the hard and fast positions we think we cling to by presenting the other side as flesh and bone. She really incarnates history. Keep up the good work Joel.

  • http://twitter.com/obihaive @obihaive

    Every time I think of Paul Revere I think of a story a history professor told us in college. It was about how the United States was saved by womens underwear because of Paul Revere. According to my professor, Mr. Revere knew the British were coming by sea and were sailing down a certain river to dock their ship. Well, in order to get to his horse, Paul Revere had to cross the same river but by doing so he ran the risk of making noise with his paddles therefore alerting the British to his presence. As he was contemplating how to cross the river he saw a women walking down stairs in a dress with a hoop skirt. While she was walking down Mr. Revere aparently got a glimplse of her undergarments and came up with the crazy idea of using them to cover the end of his oars in order to muffle the noise of his paddles. Apparently, the plan worked and the rest is history (pun intended).
    I'm not sure if this post deserves a free book but I thought I'd share the story anyway. If you feel like correcting my misinformed teachings of Mr. Revere the book would be greatly appreciated. I promise to read it. Thanks!

    • http://joeljmiller.com Joel J. Miller

      I love that you know that story. It might be true. The version I heard was that one of the oarsmen had a lady friend in the vicinity of the boat and just before they got rowing across the Charles River he sent her word and she tossed her petticoats out the window down to him to use to muffle the oars. I ended up leaving it out of the book, but it made me laugh when I came across it for the first (and second and probably third) time. One family legend is that Revere forgot his spurs as he was getting ready to leave and the family dog brought him the spurs tied to his collar. Fun but probably untrue.
      My recent post Resolutions for 2010

      • http://twitter.com/obihaive @obihaive

        Yeah, it's probably best that you left the story out of the book. But then again it could have been a great lesson on ingenuity and problem solving. Lol!

  • http://www.georgehuertas.com George Huertas

    Perfection is found in one document, the Holy Bible. The “man-made” document that is closest to perfection is the United States Constitution. Although Paul Revere didn’t write or partake in the actual writing of the Constitution, he played an intrigal role in it’s formation, for without HIS contribution, we wouldn’t have a Constitution. Any knowledge I could acquire about any of the great men who helped found our country is a Blessing to be shared.

    • http://joeljmiller.com Joel J. Miller

      What you might not know is that he was personally influential in the ratification of the Constitution in Massachusetts — it's all in Chapter 21 of the book.
      My recent post Resolutions for 2010

  • Mark

    I am really looking forward to reading this book. It speaks to two of my greatest passions. First; my voracious appetite for the biography, personality and character of Revolutionary era American leaders. Second; books and blogs (such as this) which are heavily weighted in the areas of productivity and leadership. I am the Central Worship Director for a large multi-site church in Northern Illinois and have been blessed to see thousands of people draw closer to Christ over the past several years. I firmly believe that the best way to continue progressing and achieving greater kingdom impact is to be continually equipping our leaders to continually equip other leaders!

  • http://www.moncriefphotography.com Jimmy Moncrief

    I would love this book because I love to read about history and I love reading untold stories.

    I love how everyone knows Paul Revere for one uncommon thing, when in reality there are a multitude of uncommon things he did to achieve great success.

    Also, I need to learn how to execute better and communicate better. Mr. Revere exudes both of these qualities.
    My recent post holden . 2 years old {family}

  • http://clif74blog.blogspot.com/ Clifton Ditmore

    Since I did not receive the last two books you gave away, I guess I wasn't creative enough. So this time I am going to try to be more honest than creative. I WANT THIS BOOK. I NEED THIS BOOK. I PROMISE TO READ, REVIEW AND SHARE THIS BOOK WITH OTHERS. If the book is as good as you say it is, others will be blessed because you allowed me to read and review it.

  • http://www.tipphealthshoppe.webs.com carla e brogden

    Since I just won the John Maxwell book I acknowledge that my comments will not be part of the contest. But I still had to comment!

    It is interesting to read the listed strengths characterizing Paul Revere’s approach to involvement in life. We have seen in our church the benefits of identifying these through the Gallup StrenghtsFinder Index as people then can match themselves with opportunities to serve and be involved.

    It also helps “leaders” to never dismiss a person but rather to find those strengths and offer opportunities to use them in the organization be it manufacturing, service or evangelism.

    The importance of Reliability is too often overlooked in our busy world and Twitter lifestyles. Someone who can be counted on to show up and follow through is a valuable asset in any organization. Am I that reliable?

    The role of creative thinking among the work force has long been ignored or outright dismissed. These examples (and likely more when I read the entire text) show us how important it is to cultivate an environment in our organizations (yes churches too) where every person can think and act creatively and even be allowed to take the initiative because we just don’t know the big picture; and, as with Revere, that creativity may one day be the best thing that ever happened to our organization!

    • http://joeljmiller.com Joel J. Miller

      I'm pleased to see several people flag reliability as a major takeaway for them. I couldn't agree more.

  • http://twitter.com/michaelramm @michaelramm

    I am an avid history buff, but I also love reading about leadership from the 'everyman' perspective because that is where I am at in my career. I do not know much (but the historical) about Paul Revere and would love to read about what made him climb that horse and start that famous ride.
    My recent post "I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game. It will take our people…"

  • http://twitter.com/the1stfollower @the1stfollower

    This will be an important book for me to read as a young leader in the church and in the professional world. It is tempting to say, "I'll do that when I am in a better position to do it." The challenge is to lead from where I am right now. Taking initiative is a challenge for leaders…it is a scary challenge for young leaders. I'm sure a stand to gain a lot from the lessons of Mr. Miller's book. I appriciate the opportunity to recieve a copy. And, as always, I promise to read everyword, review it on my blog, and give away a copy to someone else.
    My recent post Showing Up Isn’t Enough

  • http://tinyurl.com/AfricaStrategy Bob Allen

    I tried posting earlier but it hasn’t shown up. So, trying again — I’m not trying to sneak in an extra entry. Gotta’ love African internet.

    I’m in a midlevel leadership position in Africa with our missions organization. As I read the four tactics, I couldn’t help but think about my own position. I don’t aspire to upper-level leadership but do want to contribute significantly to what we do here.

    I’m responsible for training for our personnel here. Part of that involves leadership training and the books looks like it would be helpful.

    Well, and on a personal note, I think some of the most brilliant political thinking was done in the latter part of the 18th century. I think it’s the most fascinating part of American history and I would love to read The Revolutionary Paul Revere.

  • http://twitter.com/sbordewyk @sbordewyk

    Because most of my job experience does not comes from the industry I currently work in, I am tagged as an unlikely leader, often treated as an outsider. My methods for evaluating , managing, and decision-making appear unconventional to those with lifelong careers in this industry. I find that I have to work twice as hard at building credibility and being considered a serious and valuable member of the leadership team.

    It is my relationships outside of the organization, whether they be mentors, vendors, fellow church members, pastors, former associates and customers that help me to think creatively and maintain the confidence I need in my leadership position.

    I would like a copy of this book to learn more about how Paul Revere used his everyday network of people, coupled with his individual talents to carry out his important mission.

  • David

    I enjoy reading about leaders and history. As Joel has written in his post, many of these men 9like Paul Revere) were ordinary guys who stepped up when the time required. They sacrificed so much for what they believed in. I would enjoy reading about Paul Revere and I look forward to additional information about the Leadership Principals that Joel has summarized.

  • http://www.sowingseedsministries.com James Castellano

    Hi Michael,

    As a Husband, Father, author and leader of several hundred employees and contractors I value every piece of leadership advice I receive. Cultivating creativity in my field can create a huge impact and help us differentiate ourselves from our competitors. I would love to receive a copy to help me in this area. Whether or not I win a free copy, I'll read and promote the book. Thanks
    My recent post Finding the JOY in Servant Leadership

  • Sandi

    I totally resonated with some of the comments made about Miller's book on Paul Revere. I am an associate pastor for a growing church and understand how sacrifice and service from me is essential for the senior pastor to lead in the vision and mission he has been given. I understand my need to lead from where I am, to utilize my unique talents and training to accomplish what God has for us in this area. I am part of the underbelly of this ministry, rarely seen on stage, but know that what I lead at is important for the work we have to do here. I would love an opportunity to be inspired by Revere via Miller to keep on keeping on with what I do!

  • Gregor Doerr

    I would like a copy of this book because rather than simply presenting leadership principles (as valuable as that is), books that evaluate the leadership of an individual allow for enhanced understanding of the application of leadership principles. As a student and teacher of leadership, I value both principle and application – and see this book as a great way to continue learning and improve how I train others.

    • http://joeljmiller.com Joel J. Miller

      You definitely get both with The Revolutionary Paul Revere. And you'll get a few sobering examples of failed leadership in his life, which are also very helpful and illustrative.

  • Davin Emerson

    We have always heard the statement, "Learn from the past so that you don't repeat it in the future" but there are some men who you should know how they lived their lives and learn to emulate them. Men that founded our country have character that we are missing now days. What a time appropriate book! Over the last several months, I have just discovered that I was designed to be a leader and what better way to learn than studying great men of history!

  • Tim Wachtstetter

    As a minister and history teacher I love to read about the founding of this great nation. I am challenged by the men and women of this time period. Every era possesses persons of character, but the age our nation’s founding seems to have so many people of conviction and purpose.

    I belive we need a revival in America. Not just a spiritual Third Great Awakening but also one of moral courage. As a pastor, I feel. Like Revere, riding into the night, warning a sleeping. Church of the need to wake up and prepare for a battle. Our battle is not of bullets but of prayer and praise, but our resolve must be the same.

    I also collect signed books dealing with the Revolut1ion. Mr. Miller’s book would find a good home.

  • Michael Webb

    I would love a copy of this book! I just visited Paul Revere's house in Boston last weekend and came back wanting to find out more about this revolutionary hero. Also, my leadership pedigree is similar to Paul Revere, I am a "blue collar guy" who leads a group of approximately 25 men.

    Thanks for your consideration!

    • http://joeljmiller.com Joel J. Miller

      Once you've been up to places like Revere's house and have seen where some of this history went down, it makes it more immediate. I hope the book really brings the story alive. I found Revere to be very approachable in that way, and I hope that story is the same way.

  • @DougHalcomb

    I would like to receive a copy of “The Revolutionary Paul Revere” for two reasons:
    I have spent much of the last 20 years of my personal leadership experience as someone who leads from the middle. I have been someone who “leads from the second chair” for much of my professional ministry leadership history and recognize the unique challenges and the necessity of those roles. This books sounds like a great read for someone like me who strives to be a trusted lieutenant.
    The second reason I would like to receive a copy of the book is to have it be the first book I feature on my blog that I am launching in June. I am about to step into the blogging world and I will have a section that highlights and reviews books I am reading. I would love to have this be the first book I read and make a subject in my blog.
    I know who Paul Revere is but I do not know much of who he is as a leader. I look forward to discovering those truths and applying them to my life.

  • http://mycrzylife.wordpress.com tzigane

    i would love to win a copy to give to a friend for her birthday coming up because she is a history buff and so are two of her boys! and i really think she would like to read more at Paul Revere and it would be good for her boys to read also (one teen and one pre-teen)
    My recent post Messes Little Monkies Make

  • http://www.inhimchurch.org David Vasquez

    Thank you in advance for selecting me as one of the 100!

    Over 5 years ago I took of the Senior Pastor position at my Dad's Church,http://www.inhimchurch.org. Early in June of 2004 he passed away from liver complications, this is a battle he had over 20 years before and was told the sickness was inactive. He passed a peacefully. He was a revolutionary, over the edge, soul winner!

    After preaching his funeral and every service since 2004, I have took what I saw him do in the area of leadership and began to build at my level. I've always been inspired and willing to learn from everyone, so I believe this book with tremendously help me in this season of my leadership. Our church has tripled, 40% of the church is volunteering and we are close to purchasing a 4.5 acre facility!

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION!
    Pastor David Vasquez
    My recent post Updated Page: Past Messages

  • http://www.inhimchurch.org David Vasquez

    Thank you in advance for selecting me as one of the 100!

    Over 5 years ago I took of the Senior Pastor position at my Dad's Church,http://www.inhimchurch.org. Early in June of 2004 he passed away from liver complications, this is a battle he had over 20 years before and was told the sickness was inactive. He passed a peacefully. He was a revolutionary, over the edge, soul winner!

    After preaching his funeral and every service since 2004, I have took what I saw him do in the area of leadership and began to build at my level. I've always been inspired and willing to learn from everyone, so I believe this book with tremendously help me in this season of my leadership. Our church has tripled, 40% of the church is volunteering and we are close to purchasing a 4.5 acre facility!

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION!
    Pastor David Vasquez
    My recent post Updated Page: Past Messages

  • Kevin Respecki

    Even if I don't win a copy I'll be sure to be buying one. I've always had great interest in the founding fathers, particularly Thomas Jefferson (I finally got to visit Monticello last year) but it's the stories of the lesser known leaders like Revere that really strike home and grab my attention. Thanks Michael for promoting the book.

  • Richard

    I have been a fan of the American Revolution since I started learning about it. I have a good on T. Jefferson's early writings and have also read historical fiction books about the time period. I would love to have this book, a piece about one of the quieter, less public figures of the Revolution, but no less important. The story of PR is well known, but I'm anxious to learn the whole impact of the man.
    My recent post Respect Other’s Time

  • tneal

    Sorry, but for me today's blog misses the mark. Maybe it's three days of travel and sleeping in three different beds (if you count the backseat of the car as a bed) but I'm far from excited about this book. The three positives for Miller's writing are (1) you, Michael Hyatt, recommend it, (2) its leadership theme, and (3) I've got a pastor friend who loves to read history. The niggling thought is "Tom, this read will stretch you," and that's not so niggling. Being stretched is why I'd commit to reading "The Revolutionary Paul Revere" and getting it into my friend's hands.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jaymie.dieterle Jaymie Brooks Dieterle

    I would like a copy of the book because I have become more interested in Revolutionary War-era history after teaching third graders at my son's school last year.

  • http://twitter.com/jordanwertz @jordanwertz

    I work with local church leaders all over eastern Michigan, helping them in their ministry to children. Not only do I need to improve my leadership skills, I would be able to utilize the principles from this book to help train these leaders.

  • http://www.JonathanPetersen.com Jonathan Petersen

    Paul Revere: the ultimate social media networker. He kept his 'tweet' within the 140 character count (the British are coming!); he was a connector (or was he a maven?) before 'the tipping point' was cool; and he knew how to maximize and leverage his brand (from silverware to spy-craft). As I have read the bio books His Excellency: George Washington, 1776, and John Adams, I look forward to reading this with an eye to using Revere's leadership skills in the 21st century and then tweeting about it on my microblog.
    My recent post My Professional Profile

  • Anthony Spallone

    I would like a copy of this book because I will actually read it. I want to read it and I love history and leadership. How much better and sovereign (jk) could this get. I would love to have a copy and know that it won't be wasted.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mcbrownie220 Michael Brown

    I have heard great things about the books of Joel Miller but have never read one and also as a College Student – my budget to buy books is very limited and it is my desire to share it with my dorm mates on Dryer 2 at Moody Bible Institute as we are studying to serve The Lord's Church and you can learn leadership lessons from reading about different people – the good ideas and the bad ideas.

  • http://rockinapond.wordpress.com Mason Stanley

    Catching up on a Catalyst Leadership Podcast I heard Rick Warren say, “Everybody needs a couple of models, a couple of mentors, and a couple of piers in their life to help guide them.” He went on to recommend that your models be dead.

    As I thought about this I decided I wanted multiple models from our country’s revolutionary period. Washington is on my list as well as Patrick Henry, not because of their popularity but, as trivial as this may seem, because they are Virginians. Being close or having family close to the place of your model’s habitation can make all the difference in just how much you can learn about them.

    With all that said, I had been contemplating adding Revere to this list. Having graduated from a Bostonian college I understand and appreciate the legend that is Paul Revere. I believe having this book would help me greatly in knowing and modeling my life after these great men.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    • http://joeljmiller.com Joel J. Miller

      Well, Revere was as Yankee as they come, but he'd still make a good mentor for a Virginia boy. Same for this California transplant. Over the years I found Revere's story inspiring and encouraging enough that I finally had to write about him. Getting that deep into his life only made his story more so.
      My recent post Resolutions for 2010

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/santz85 Santos Samayoa

    i recently had to read an autobiography, in which i asked many of people. Something i learned is that there are many lessons in the stories and lives of those that were here before us. Their lives still echo among us, and this book seems like it will really spark many things inside of me.

  • http://www.williswired.com/ Randy

    I have been a student of leadership since college when I sensed a call to ministry, 22 years ago. I also love the Revolutionary period of American history and look forward to applying the lessons from Revere's life to my own leadership.

    Thanks for the offer!

  • Makeda

    What a fascinating perspective from which to look at the life of Paul Revere. I lived in Boston for 7 years and never did any of the touristy stuff that might have taught me more about Revere. I'm going back in June and plan to act like a tourist for a day or two. This post has motivated me even more.

    I already have way too many books on my reading list but I think if I were to get a copy of this book, I could use it to help motivate some of our staff members. I'm fairly new to the task of leadership development on our church staff. We have several staff members who I believe see themselves as never being great leaders so are too easily settling for the status quo. Learning the power of leading where they are would be an invaluable lesson for them. As someone who leads them this book might help me figure out a way to leverage Revere's story in a way that motivates and inspires them to the greatness that is in them.

    Clearly not the most creative response here but definitely an honest response anyway :-)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jbwagner Josh Wagner

    This book would be a wonderful addition to my library. My wife loves history and I would enjoy reading about the leadership skills involved. Any book I can get my hands on and read about leadership would be golden right now. Come to think of it, I probably should look through what I have too. Using what we've got…

  • Chuck Ragland

    I have been blessed throughout my years to have had several good lieutenants who have been by my side and helped my with my leadership responsibilities. I would love to read the story of Paul Revere and his leadership secrets.

  • MelissaW

    A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
    A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
    And a word that shall echo for evermore! (Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

    These words sound as timely as they did in 1860. In order to be a person of defiance and not of fear, one must look to the founders of our country. Through study of our forefathers, we can discover how this once great nation came to be, and how we can be great again.

    • http://joeljmiller.com Joel J. Miller

      I totally agree. We live in the world created by those who went before us. And we'll only reap the benefits if we don't squander what we've inherited.
      My recent post Resolutions for 2010

  • mark porter

    I am a young lay leader (37) in a local church. I am Chairman of the Board of Elders over a predominantly older group of men including the pastor. I am continually looking for ways to grow my own leadership and the leadership of the church. We have embarked on studying through several books to grow in our leadreship. I would love, love, love to have this book for both personal growth and for the growth of ohter leaders within our church. Additionally, I am an avid student of history and would enjoy the insights into the life of a great American like Paul Revere.

    • http://joeljmiller.com Joel J. Miller

      I've been fascinated by how many young ministers and lay leaders are jumping into the discussion about Revere and seeing how his leadership might impact them. I think one thing that bears adding to the four points in the article is the spirit in which he employed them — Revere was motivated by a spirit of service. He was very ambitious and strove for economic advancement for himself and his family. But he could be counted on to put those ambitions in check if his town, if his colony, if his country required. And he did, over and over again. That's a wonderful model for someone leading the church. Service should the spirit that animates any tactic employed to become a better leader.
      My recent post Resolutions for 2010

  • DKing

    My family is part of a startup classical Christian school, Jonathan Edwards Classical Academy. We are seeking to guide the next generation of Christians to think critically and lead effectively in whatever sphere God places them. Reading The Revolutionary Paul Revere would impact my wife and I as we seek to become wise leaders. It would also become a resource for JECA to use in the training of a new generation of Christian young people. Your generous donation of this book would have a direct and indirect impact on dozens of people in the coming years.

    • http://joeljmiller.com Joel J. Miller

      I think the Revere story has a lot to say for people in your shoes — and beyond what he contributes to the subject of midlevel leadership. As figure to encourage youth, Revere is fantastic.
      My recent post Resolutions for 2010

  • Amy Jones

    I would like this book because it seems not only would it teach about leadership, it would teach confidence to the “everyday person”. You don’t have to have grand degrees to be used. As long as you are willing, you can do things that you never thought possible.

  • http://www.themindofjim.com Jim Hayes

    I was Paul Revere in my previous life and I am curious to see Joel's perceptions about me (and with the Redsox losing pretty much every night these days I could use a good book).

    I haver never heard much about Revere's mid-level leadership roles but became interested in his life after reading Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell and would love to learn more…

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  • Scott Payne

    Hello Michael,
    I have always been intrigued by Paul Revere. He is presented as being an everyday citizen that answered the call when opportunity called upon him to act. He was both an artisan and a leader at a time when being a leader could cost one everything…including one's life. Yet, with all of this going for him it seems quite possible that he would have been lost in history if it had not been for the epic Longfellow poem that immortalized Revere for millions of school children. For me, Revere's life is an example of all that is within each of us ordinary citizens that can be awakened by God in times of need.

  • Alex Baez

    I love American history. I love reading. This book combines 2 of my passions. I'd love to learn more about Paul Revere!

  • http://twitter.com/robweideman @robweideman

    I had no idea on the backstory of Paul Revere. I'd love to be able to read this book and share the principles with people that I mentor and coach. The four shared above were powerful in themselves. Happy to tweet this whether I get a book or not.

  • http://www.westernhillsonline.org Scott Meyer

    I am a young church leader/pastor. Over the last several years I have become convinced that the greatest need in the church in America is not fancier technology or jazzy programs it is leadership. I believe that God is raising up a crop of leaders (from all generations) to boldly lead the local church. With this in mind I have consumed as many leadership resources as I can get my hands on. Based on your summary I would love to read this book and see what message there is for leadership in the local church.

    Thanks Mike for all you do to share and lead!
    Grace & Peace
    Scott

  • Nehemiah Han

    I am a student, always seek for Thomas Nelson's new releases, I love history and leadership books, Paul Revere, is a great man in my opinion,even he was standing as he does in the shadow of the likes of Washington, Jefferson and Franklin. But it's a life story worth knowing, this book especially about his leadership, I really want to know about this, and learn from him. I promise to read it from beginning to the end, and recommend it to others. thank you for this chance!

  • http://chrisheck.com/wordpress Chris Heck

    I would like a copy of Joel Miller's new book, The Revolutionary Paul Revere. It's my hope that this book will help give me eyes to see how, in any given situation, I might be able to leverage my strengths and apply them in leadership.

    And finally, and most importantly, I have always had a fondness for Paul Revere. It started when I was home from school with the flu about 31-years ago and my grandfather (who was the only male role model I had growing up) brought a care package by the house. It had a can on soup, some ginger ale, and a coloring book and crayons. The coloring book was based on revolutionary war heroes and included many pages depicting Paul's midnight ride. Every time I hear the name Paul Revere, it brings back great memories of the relationship that I had with my grandfather.
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  • http://twitter.com/JamesIHarris @JamesIHarris

    I'm a manager in Information Technology. I've been told many times it's where the rubber meets the road. From reading the post above a couple of things come to mind. In an organization you need leaders who will exercise all four points in their own work, but also be willing to work with staff who have those same characteristics and help develop them. As Seth Godin points out in his book "Linchpin", not only should we look to be the linchpin, but when we recognize one in our midst cultivate them. We need to become that indispensible person that given any circumstance we're who they would want on their team. This traits would hold true also for anyone looking to start their own business. Live out these traits, but also look for them when we're in the position of having to fill positions. I'd love to have a signed copy of this book for my own library and if chosen would continue the cycle of gift giving passing a copy of it on to someone else I feel exemplifies these traits.

  • Richard Davis

    I teach blind people how to get jobs and succeed in employment. One of the things I teach is that it's critically important to be a good follower. By "good follower" I mean an independent, intelligent, and creative person who can take the ideas of the organization's leadership and make them work. I've been employed at all organizational levels, including middle and upper management, and have learned that an ineffective leader with good followers is far more likely to succeed than a good leader with ineffective followers. I think the lessons contained in this book will be a real resource for my students.

  • Jason Hall

    Humility, unbridled dedication, and a willingness to serve whenever, wherever and however are rare traits in leadership these days. I know they are traits I do not possess in sufficient enough measure, and I would love to receive this book and learn from Revere's example. Grateful for your blog.

  • http://www.acts2uthpastor.com Jerome Coleman, Jr.

    I would love to follow Revere and be revolutionary with my life. It would be great if I could get this book to see what his story looked like.

    Thanks for reading my comment.
    My recent post The Draw

  • http://blog.acforrest.com Alex F

    Let's make a little deal here: If you send me a copy of the book, I promise to actually read it and review it (on my personal blog and/or on Amazon). That deal will actually help me a lot – here's why:

    To be honest I used to read a lot (esp. when I was a doctoral student!) and have fallen out of the habit lately. I blame a house full of little kids and a new business, but you make time for what's important and I think reading is a key indicator of growth in a person. I love historical biography and this book looks like it combines my interest in history with my interest in personal and professional growth.

    I'm not going to sit here and beg for a free copy, but I would really enjoy receiving one and reading it and passing it along to others.
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  • http://www.facebook.com/fourfecta Mitch Ebie

    A part of me wishes that we would be remembered based on our character and integrity alone, that should be enough, right? But, the fact is that if no one knows your strong character and integrity, then you wont be as well remembered. With that being the case, character and integrity is still most important even if no one sings your name.
    My recent post "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." –Bill Cosby ….How strong are your convictions? If you stick to those convictions, then you will definitely displease someone.

  • Rob Welker

    Wow – Paul Revere's selfless approach to leadership shows why "crunch time" leadership is necessary to success. Often we hear about the scripture that says, "Send me" and Paul Revere lived out his calling to preserve freedom with a similar approach of "I'll ride." His reliability must have been well known as leaders called on him to ride at critical times when danger approached.
    Certainly, I would love to have the book to learn about the characteristics of a man that literally rode into history books. As a person who loves teamwork, I appreciate his ability to rely on his strengths – his gifts – to help the spirit of freedom succeed. Even in the small things, like knowing how to ride a horse, he was faithful to use his talents to help the team succeed.

  • Derek Hall

    i should receive a copy of the book because i like free books. that is the reason.

  • http://www.reallyrandomsite.com/humblethoughts Allen

    I just finished reading this book and wanted to say once again how much I enjoyed it. As I said in my review at http://www.reallyrandomsite.com/humblethoughts/the-revolutionary-paul-revere-by-joel-j-miller/, Joel really brings Paul Revere to life. If the history classes I took in high school and college were as interesting as this book, my grades made have been better! I highly recommend Joel’s book. It was both entertaining and inspirational. ***I received my copy of “The Revolutionary Paul Revere” as part of the Booksneeze program that provides books to bloggers for their review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review.*** —Even though it is not autographed, I already have a copy of the book. I do not need to be included in the giveaway.–

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  • http://www.twitter.com/raspberrygirl Roanna

    I would like a copy of this book because I like to read about people in History that truly made a difference, and stood up for what they believed in even at the risk of everything. I am a young person and I love to follow politics and know more about political people. I also don't know much about Paul Revere, except for his famous "Midnight Ride" so it would be nice to read this book and learn more. People that are good Leaders inspire me.

    My recent post raspberrygirl: is back on the internet after not having it in my room since Sunday… getting off now to finish my English homework.

  • http://www.twitter.com/raspberrygirl Roanna

    I would like a copy of this book because I like to read about people in History that truly made a difference, and stood up for what they believed in even at the risk of everything. I am a young person and I love to follow politics and know more about political people. I also don't know much about Paul Revere, except for his famous "Midnight Ride" so it would be nice to read this book and learn more. People that are good Leaders inspire me.

    My recent post raspberrygirl: is back on the internet after not having it in my room since Sunday… getting off now to finish my English homework.

  • jdesully

    Michael, Thank You for the opportunity to receive a copy of Joel Miller's book. It looks like it will be a great read.
    I have to admit that I just stumbled on this site quite by a coinciGod ( A Godly coincidence). I just finished reading Bill Bright/Jack Cavanaugh's book – PROOF and enjoyed it so much that I looked up Jack on the web and found his 'Word Forge' site. He referenced your 'Creating WOW Fiction' with a link and I've blown my lunch hour and then some reviewing some of the information on your site. [by 'blown' I don't mean a waste of time but a very quick departure of time.:-) ]
    Talk about WOW – there is a pleathera of information on your site and I will have to make it part of my schedule to visit and stay updated.
    I appreciate the information on becoming a author – I have a few books running around in my head that I'll have to get serious about and at least start putting fingers to keyboard.
    Thanks again and I'll be looking forward to keeping up with your website.
    Godspeed

  • Priscilla

    I learned a lot about Paul Revere from the article and would like to know more. He seems like someone I can relate to – a faithful person serving where he can. I appreciate his taking the intiative and would like to learn more about how I can do that in my work. I believe that I have a lot to contribute, but I haven't quite found my niche and thus am still looking for ways to be creative and take the lead in my work. I am also almost done reading Linchpin, and I think that this book would be a good compliment to that with a real world example of how to become indispensible to an organization. Thanks again for the great article.

    • http://joeljmiller.com Joel J. Miller

      That was one of the things I loved about Revere too. He's not lofty and distant like many of the founders. I found him very approachable. He's an everyman.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000011671743 David Ryan Clements

    I'd like this book because i'm called to be a pastor. and as a pastor i realy do feel leadership is VERY important. whether you autograph it or not, i'd like to own this book so i can learn and pick things up. i'm 19 and i have a really strong passion for the Lord. so if you'd please send me a free copy, that'd be really nice.

    Sincerely, David Clements

  • JTeran

    Outside of required reading in high school I haven't spent any time reading about the lives of key leaders in our country's early history. I think reviewing his leadership qualities with a modern application would make for a very interesting read.

  • http://na-dache.blogspot.com/ Matthew Carroll

    I would like a copy of this book because I am coming to the conclusion that I'm a "mid-level" kinda guy, but at least I'd like to know how to maximize upon that!
    My recent post Abundant Grace

  • http://www.ericbhanson.com Eric B. Hanson

    I'm primarily a student of the Bible, but after that, I want to always be a student of history. Growing up I spent more time watching the history channel than cartoons. Now, at twenty-one, I'm itching to learn creative and inspiring leadership from the game-changing men and women of history. Paul Revere's famous poem tells the story of a game changing-moment, and all I can say is that want that kind of courage when those moments come.

    I'm an aspiring preacher and songwriter, and I'm aiming to be a revolutionary in my generation. I want passion for Jesus matched with powerful initiative to make for lasting impact. This summer I'll be going into full-time youth ministry and I want every story and tool available to inspire and grow the kids I'm leading. That's why I want a copy of The Revolutionary Paul Revere
    My recent post The Truth About Writing, and Me Too

  • Brad Leach

    Since I am leading a team of 25 leaders who are moving to Philadelphia to start a network of church plants, my antenna is up related to literature from the Revolution era. Our dream is to launch a new, history changing freedom movement in the city where our nation's freedom was born. To that end, I'm reading everything I can get my hands on related to leadership principles from the leaders of the Revolution, and plan on using them to train our team. This book is exactly what I'm looking for! Thanks for these continued opportunities!
    My recent post A Thought for Teams

  • Brad Leach

    Since I am leading a team of 25 leaders who are moving to Philadelphia to start a network of church plants, my antenna is up related to literature from the Revolution era. Our dream is to launch a new, history changing freedom movement in the city where our nation's freedom was born. To that end, I'm reading everything I can get my hands on related to leadership principles from the leaders of the Revolution, and plan on using them to train our team. This book is exactly what I'm looking for! Thanks for these continued opportunities!
    My recent post A Thought for Teams

    • http://joeljmiller.com Joel J. Miller

      I think The Revolutionary Paul Revere is right up your alley. In addition to showing what Revere's experience was in business and as a patriot leader, I really unpack the cause of the fight between Britain and the colonies and flesh out the principles of liberty to which our forebears clung so tightly in the struggle.

  • Bryan Bigger

    I lead of team for leadership development within my company. I also have a friend who owns a ranch and has a few horses that we sometimes ride together. If I were to get a copy of this book, I would literally borrow a horse from him and schedule a meeting to where I can ride the horse into the meeting with the book in hand yelling "Joel Miller is coming!"

    Since our team constantly reads books together, I think this would be the perfect way to present the next book for our team to read together.

  • Chris Lambuth

    Hi,
    I would profoundly love a copy of this amazing book due to the reason that myself and 4 other friends of mine are starting a church and seeing how such great leadership of Paul Revere could dramatically change our perspective and actions could in turn create an amazing community of others who want the same thing. I think it is very easy to just think of the GREAT leaders, but what about the ones that did a relatively small thing in comparison to what other great leaders have done, but drastically changed the course of their community and relationships. That's the kind of leadership I want to learn from and be inspired by – because he was a common man trying to save his family, friends, and community.

    To have this tool in our arsenal would be a fantastic start to what could be a fantastic church. Thank you for your consideration.

  • Tom Harris

    Paul Revere is a patriot. His courageous actions leading up to and during the Revolutionary War should be more widely known (I learned more than a few things just reading your blog entry). If the book format is similar to the blog (blending historical data and lessons in leadership and followership) then I will surely read and use it to expand my knowledge of leadership. Thanks, Tom

  • http://tyroneandstephanie.com Tyrone B.

    I would like a book, it has me interested and I hate history. If you do choose to send me the book, and I like it, I will post a good review to my blog (not that you need my endorsement) and give it away to someone else, and If not, I will post nothing and still give this book away to someone who really enjoys historic figures.

    From reading the post, I am intrigued to learn things about this historic figure besides the usual commentary left in our boring history books (of course that was a long time ago…school that is).

    If nothing else someone else still gets the book, you get a link to share it on facebook, and of course I still keep reading your blog for more exciting books to come! Is there a downside to this? I think not.

    Someone would call it: Win Win.
    My recent post God is: Dangerous!

  • Ram

    Great to see another book give away from you. I am already learning a lot of new things just visiting your blog and these book giveaways make the whole experience even sweeter.
    Both winning a free copy or not is a win-win, as the review comes from you, its already an important book for me to read.

    Being a foreigner I haven't heard about Paul Revere, but the history of Amerca's revolutionary era and learning about some of the leaders of the time sparks a great interest in me and I'd be highly interested to receive a free copy.

    -Ram

  • http://twitter.com/tcbroderick @tcbroderick

    I would greatly appreciate a copy of this book. As a young adult (my 20th birthday is less than a month away), I have, for the last 2 years, been in a significant season of my life. It has been a time of finding my identity in the Lord and recognizing how He has gifted me. It is an interesting process, like learning to walk for the first time. As such, I have found that studying the lives of those who successfully stewarded their strengths helps me to grow in my own. This is especially the case when I can relate to the individual.

    As I was reading this post, I was surprised at how much I do relate to Paul Revere. His creative ability to take new concepts and apply them in ingenious ways is especially something I want to grow in. I also feel l am called to serve in, what I refer to as, "leadership support roles". Just as Paul Revere was considered reliable by those around him, I want to be the same. Whether in fellowship as a community or unexpected circumstance, I long to serve the Lord by establishing His principles. I believe Paul Revere did just that.

    Thank You,
    Taylor Broderick

  • Shirley

    Wow, I can’t wait to have this book to add to my much-cherished library of Revolutionary heroes. Alas, I am deliberately not availing myself of Facebook and Twitter right now so I will not be eligible for the freebie.

    I did want to put in a word though regarding Revere… as with others of the time, truly an amazing person in word and deed. And a modern model for us of the “Good Samaritan” (Luke 10)… no, not the Samaritan, but the innkeeper! Like the innkeeper, Revere was trustworthy and reliable and perfectly willing to provide his service outside of the limelight.

  • Neal

    I was just studying Paul Revere with my daughter for her school report. Your book and the message is something important I could share with her. javascript: postComment(0);

  • Jonathan Palmer

    I would love to read your book in hopes to understand what made Paul Revere's ride so effective of spreading an idea or message. Paul Revere and William Dawes each rode horseback the same night and same distance, but only the people who Revere told listened to his news about the British. I would like to know what it was that enabled Revere's message to spread, while Dawes' didn't. Thank you for this opportunity.

  • Whitakerous

    PArt 1. I think that this book will be an excellent resource for helping me with my leadership skills. I would like a copy for the following points of interest: 1. I took the initiative. I took the initiative to twitter about this giveaway and also to take the time to write a response to the article that you wrote. Despite being a family man living in middle class America with none of the entitlements of the aristocrats of the upper class, I still find ways to keep educated and to find ways to increase me leadership skills where I am with what resources I have. This book would serve as another resource to aid in the endeavor. 2. I leverage my strengths. Not to sound like a Marcus Buckingham book, but I do understand where my strengths are. One of the areas that I excel in is self-awareness and education. This book would allow me to increase my strengths and focus on some things that may be creeping up on me that I did not think of that could be potential opportunities to take care of. It will also allow me to recognize how important my strengths are and to use them in everyday situations.

  • Whitakerous

    Part 2. 3. I am reliable. I work on several projects, probable more than I should, because people constantly ask me to be a part of their teams because I get things done (thanks GTD) and I am reliable at getting the work done that needs to be done for the team. I guess you could say I am a go getter things done. 4. I cultivate creativity. I constantly work on finding new ways to do business. I utilize technology to allow for groups of people to come together to foster creativity from different parts of the US. I find ways to encourage and empower folks to do things that they have not done before and I take a sincere interest in developing people to reach their potential. Ithink that this areas show that I am deserving of a copy of “The Leadership Secrets of Paul Revere.” If nothing else I hope this was entertaining and fun to read. Thanks for all you do and I look forward to what you have to say.

  • Bigwalnutfly

    I would love to use this book as a summer read for my son and I. I am trying to encourage him to be a leader among his peers and I could also use the encouragement. My son is recently 13 and this summer I am trying to prepare him for being a adult.

  • http://twitter.com/amhey @amhey

    I help startups and ventures get started. I am looking for case studies of good leaders. Besides, I'm a Brit and never learned about Paul Revere at school as we only had a term's worth of lessons on each of the US, Russia and India (all equally important:)). I also review books on Amazon.

  • http://twitter.com/missionary2asia @missionary2asia

    I would like this book because I need to learn better about being a leader–lost souls are counting on me to learn to lead!

  • james

    I am interested in the broad sweep of American history. Paul Revere found his humanity and in doing so helped others rediscover theirs! Thanks hope i'm not too late to win a copy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=641124020 Tom Pryor

    There are many things in today's culture that need to been proclaimed and heard. Paul Revere was successful at doing both. I want to read this book to learn how I can do both.

  • Cameron C. Taylor

    I am the author of the book series “8 Attributes of Great Achievers” I am working on volume II right now. I feature various great achievers and the attributes they possess. Paul Revere could be one of the featured great achievers in one of the “8 Attributes of Great Achievers” volumns which would generate some sales for the book.

  • http://www.life-signatures.com Lawrence Namale

    The fact that this guy was not so well educated should help some of us who get so bogged down with the fact that ‘we did not have a degree’. This is a great inspirational post. Thanks for sharing.

    • Joel J. Miller

      Revere’s formal education stopped when he was young, but he was a lifelong learner. He was a reader, he stayed informed, and he always picking up new skills and applications.

  • http://www.chandlercrawford.com/ Chandler Crawford

    Great article, I agree that Revere is a character in history that is overlooked. I think the point about being reliable is the most important. I have found it’s fairly easy to find competent people, or those who have the potential to be good leaders, but finding those who are competent and reliable on a consistent basis are those who are hard to find.

    Thanks for sharing a very new take on something. You definately cultivated creativity.

    • Joel J. Miller

      Thanks, Chandler! Sometimes a flash is nice, but a consistent glow is important too.

      • http://www.chandlercrawford.com/ Chandler Crawford

        Agree 100%. Thanks!

  • http://patternsofsuccess.com/ Jason Richardson

    Great article! I love the story of Paul Revere, but hadn’t heard some of these details.

    The story of John Hancock is another story from the era worth mentioning. Being the first to sign a document that guaranteed death by hanging was no small act! I posted his story this morning: http://jrich.us/TTA2iw

  • Christie

    Great discussion of Leadership! I’ll be going out to get the book this weekend. Thanks Michael!

    • Joel J. Miller

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy the read. It’s a good book for the Fourth of July.

  • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

    It’s inspiring to see what an “average person” did and how it impacted this country and our lives. Too often I think “who am I?” Simply amazing.

    • Joel J. Miller

      I think “who am I?” is best answered by just getting into the middle of something and seeing how to add value. The answer comes from our contribution.

  • Cherry Odelberg

    “Human creativity is life’s only truly renewable resource.” Resourceful, that’s me.

  • Craig Trombly

    I focus on contributing my strengths as much as possible, and constantly being aware of the strengths of those I lead, and those I follow. Focusing on your strengths is the proven path to world class performance.

  • https://patrickfahlen.com Patrickfahlen.com

    Great Post

  • Kirk Apolo

    Leaders are learners. When a tree stops growing, it is dead and when a leader ceases to grow, their effectiveness dies, also. new games