The world of literature surrounding the notion of leadership may be characterized as a sea of potential explanations littered with the debris of academic and professional models - both empirical and conjecture - that may have been useful for a given point in time or situation. One is left wondering whether there is one defining view of leadership that may at least come close to being considered universal. The result of this wondering is a view on leadership that may, or may not, end up like the debris floating on the sea of possibilities previously mentioned. All of this is framed within the context of pre- and post-Revolutionary War America. The efficacy of the result is up to the reader to discern.