"Leadership in the Crucible: Lessons from Wilberforce and Jefferson's Quest for Abolition"
An Evening Conversation with Ray Blunt at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on August 7, 2013
Ray Blunt, the author of several books including Crossed Lives, Crossed Purposes: Why Thomas Jefferson Failed and William Wilberforce Persisted in Leading an End to Slavery, traces the divergent paths Wilberforce and Jefferson took in opposing slavery – and provides insight into why Wilberforce and his allies succeeded, and Jefferson did not. Those lessons – which draw upon insights into Wilberforce and Jefferson’s differing worldviews, motivations, and relationships – remain relevant for our own time.
Ray Blunt is an author, scholar, leadership development consultant, Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture, and philosophy and theology instructor at Ad Fontes Academy. He has advised dozens of public sector leadership development efforts, including the Air Force Senior Leaders Program, the Federal Executive Institute, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Excellence in Government Fellows program. He is also the author of numerous articles on leadership, as well as the works Leaders Growing Leaders, and Crossed Lives, Crossed Purposes.