The Leadership Secrets of Paul Revere (and a Book Giveaway)

This is a guest post by Joel J. Miller. He is the author of the fascinating new book, The Revolutionary Paul Revere. At the end of the post, I’ll tell you how to get an autographed copy FREE. Joel is also one of our Vice Presidents at Thomas Nelson, an active blogger and Twitter user. You can follow If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

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.

Book Cover of 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 (which incidentally occurred 235 years ago, yesterday). 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—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 construct a gunpowder mill, 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 itself. 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 famous 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.

Michael here. In order to “seed the market for Joel’s new book, The Revolutionary Paul Revere,” I am going to give away 100 copies free. Even more exciting, Joel has agreed to autograph all 100 copies! To get a chance at snagging one, you must take the following three actions. Read them carefully!
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  • 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.
    My recent post Ten Birthday Wishes For My Wife

  • 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.
    My recent post New Small Employer Tax Credit for Small Businesses

  • 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.