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Concepts of Leadership Diplomacy Paper Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 17, 1706 and is not only one of the most important Founding Fathers of the United States but is also labeled by many historians as the “First American”. It is particularly difficult to explain how much Franklin has accomplished not just for The United States of America but as well as the world. Some of the skills that Benjamin Franklin was able to achieve throughout his unusually long life for that time period are: author, political theorist, politician, printer, scientist, inventor, civic activist, and of course diplomat. Perhaps, the most important of Franklin’s accomplishments is his diplomatic effort to keep a French alliance during the Revolutionary War, which now looking back on seems clearly to be the deciding factor in American success against the British. 1 Not many people are aware of Franklin’s effect on the international scale during the late 1700s. He embodied the perfect ideal of what a diplomat should be. During his time overseas, he earned not only people’s praise and respect, but even their reverence. His character represented and reflected that of the people of the then emerging United States of America and was a great factor in convincing the great powers of Europe of their legitimacy as an independent country. Franklin set the example for future diplomats all over the world. 2 Franklin already at the age of twenty developed a plan of thirteen virtues from which he wanted to develop his character and better himself as a person. He lived by these virtues his entire live. His autobiography lists his thirteen virtues: 1 Franklin’s Contribution to the American Revolution as a Diplomat to France, www.ushistory.org , 1998 2 Benjamin Franklin, Pace, 1958 1
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1) "TEMPERANCE . Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation." 2) "SILENCE . Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation." 3) "ORDER . Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time." 4) "RESOLUTION . Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve." 5) "FRUGALITY . Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing." 6) "INDUSTRY . Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions." 7) "SINCERITY . Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly." 8) "JUSTICE . Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty." 9) "MODERATION . Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve." 10) "CLEANLINESS . Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation." 11) "TRANQUILLITY . Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable." 12) "CHASTITY . Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation." 13) "HUMILITY . Imitate Jesus and Socrates." 1 “The principles which experience has shown to be necessary to sound diplomacy
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