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You think you have it rough? Only ten days before Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office in 1861, the Confederate States of America seceded from the Union taking all Federal agencies, forts, and arsenals within their territory. To make matters worse, Lincoln, who was elected by a minority of the popular vote, was viewed by his own advisors as nothing more than a gawky, sec You think you have it rough? Only ten days before Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office in 1861, the Confederate States of America seceded from the Union taking all Federal agencies, forts, and arsenals within their territory. To make matters worse, Lincoln, who was elected by a minority of the popular vote, was viewed by his own advisors as nothing more than a gawky, second-rate country lawyer with no leadership experience. What Lincoln did to become our most honored and revered president is history, how he can help you to run your organization is not. Lincoln On Leadership is the first book to examine Abraham Lincoln's diverse leadership abilities and how they can be applied to today's complex world. You'll discover why you should: * Seize the initiative and never relinquish it * Wage only one war at a time * Encourage risk-taking while providing job security * Avoid issuing orders and instead - request, imply, or make suggestions * Once in a while, let things slip, unbenowst-like...and much much more.


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You think you have it rough? Only ten days before Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office in 1861, the Confederate States of America seceded from the Union taking all Federal agencies, forts, and arsenals within their territory. To make matters worse, Lincoln, who was elected by a minority of the popular vote, was viewed by his own advisors as nothing more than a gawky, sec You think you have it rough? Only ten days before Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office in 1861, the Confederate States of America seceded from the Union taking all Federal agencies, forts, and arsenals within their territory. To make matters worse, Lincoln, who was elected by a minority of the popular vote, was viewed by his own advisors as nothing more than a gawky, second-rate country lawyer with no leadership experience. What Lincoln did to become our most honored and revered president is history, how he can help you to run your organization is not. Lincoln On Leadership is the first book to examine Abraham Lincoln's diverse leadership abilities and how they can be applied to today's complex world. You'll discover why you should: * Seize the initiative and never relinquish it * Wage only one war at a time * Encourage risk-taking while providing job security * Avoid issuing orders and instead - request, imply, or make suggestions * Once in a while, let things slip, unbenowst-like...and much much more.

30 review for Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times

  1. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I really liked this book and getting to know more about Abraham Lincoln's leadership style and example. He was a great leader and I think we could all learn a lot from his strengths: * Get out and circulate among the troops * Build strong alliances * Persuade rather than coerce * Honesty and integrity are the best policies * Never act out of vengeance or spite * Have the courage to handle unjust criticism * Be a master of paradox * Exercise a strong hand--be decisive * Lead by being led * Set goals and be I really liked this book and getting to know more about Abraham Lincoln's leadership style and example. He was a great leader and I think we could all learn a lot from his strengths: * Get out and circulate among the troops * Build strong alliances * Persuade rather than coerce * Honesty and integrity are the best policies * Never act out of vengeance or spite * Have the courage to handle unjust criticism * Be a master of paradox * Exercise a strong hand--be decisive * Lead by being led * Set goals and be results-oriented * Keep searching until you find your "Grant" * Encourage innovation * Master the art of public speaking * Influence people through conversations and storytelling * Preach a vision and continually reaffirm it My take-aways: * Talk to people and really care about them. * When you're frustrated with someone or something write a letter and never send it. * Be honest. * Be compassionate. * Have a sense of humor. * Know what your vision is and stick to it. * Ask for ideas from everyone -- have an open door. * Be decisive. * Learn and learn to tell stories. We could use his vision today: "that sentiment of giving liberty not alone to the people of this country, but hope to the world for all future time. It was that which gave promise that in due time the weights would be lifted from the shoulders of all men, and that all should have equal chance (p. 163)."

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christopher H.

    Well, in my professional opinion, I believe that this was a terrible piece of literature. While reading it, my mind kept wandering. The words and phrases used in this book are very monotonous and make it difficult to concentrate on. I have only one motive for reading this book: I have an assessment to complete for my literacy grade in English class.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Josh Miller

    I read this book for one of my MBA classes. I found it to be very interesting and informative. As far as a leadership book goes I think it is one of the better ones I've read so far, much better than any of the crap put out by Maxwell. I liked how it emphasized a lot of the values that Lincoln portrayed on a daily basis. I think today's corporate senior management could learn a lot from this book. I read this book for one of my MBA classes. I found it to be very interesting and informative. As far as a leadership book goes I think it is one of the better ones I've read so far, much better than any of the crap put out by Maxwell. I liked how it emphasized a lot of the values that Lincoln portrayed on a daily basis. I think today's corporate senior management could learn a lot from this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tim Chavel

    Lincoln is my far not my favorite President, but this little book about his leadership is excellent. It has some reminders for me and also gave me a few new things to think about. I trust the quotes below will me as helpful to you as they were to me. He (President Lincoln) is, in fact, the only U. S. president to hold a patent (for a method to make grounded boats more buoyant). Lincoln stood six feet, four inches, our tallest president. The first Republican president, elected by a minority of the p Lincoln is my far not my favorite President, but this little book about his leadership is excellent. It has some reminders for me and also gave me a few new things to think about. I trust the quotes below will me as helpful to you as they were to me. He (President Lincoln) is, in fact, the only U. S. president to hold a patent (for a method to make grounded boats more buoyant). Lincoln stood six feet, four inches, our tallest president. The first Republican president, elected by a minority of the popular vote, he was a Washington outsider. His cardinal mistake is that he isolates himself, and allows nobody to see him; and about which he does not know what is going on in the very matter he is dealing with. – – Lincoln’s reason for relieving Gen. John C. Fremont from his command in Missouri (September 9, 1861) During his four years as president Abraham Lincoln spent most of his time among the troops. Leading is primarily paying attention. If subordinates, or people in general, know that they genuinely have easy access to their leader, they’ll tend to view the leader in a more positive, trustworthy light. All leaders must seek and require access to reliable and up-to-date information. By entering your subordinate’s environment – – by establishing frequent human contact – – you create a sense of commitment, collaboration, and community. You also gain access to vital information necessary to make effective decisions. Simply spending time together and getting to know one’s subordinates can overcome mountains of personal differences and hard feelings. If you stay in touch with the people who comprise the foundation, you’re more likely to gain an advantage that helps you to win the war against stiff competition. It’s the people who are closest to the consumer and the product who know how to win. And, almost always, they will want to offer their ideas. Delegate responsibility and authority by empowering people to act on their own. On issues that affect your entire organization, conduct full and frequent consultations with the heads of your various departments. A good leader avoids issuing orders, preferring to request, imply, or make suggestions. The architecture of leadership, all the theories and guidelines, falls apart without honesty and integrity. It’s the keystone that holds an organization together. Tom Peters reported in his research that the best, most aggressive, and successful organizations were the ones that stressed integrity and trust. “Managers do things right. Leaders do the right thing,” wrote Bennis and Nanus. Trust, honesty, and integrity are exceedingly important qualities because they so strongly affect followers. Most individuals need to trust others, especially their boss. Subordinates must perceive their leader as a consistently fair person if they’re to engage in the kind of innovative risk-taking that brings a company rewards. Followers in virtually every organization respond better to you, and will more easily be led by, a leader who consistently displays kindness and empathy than one who is associated with vindictiveness or animosity. Business associates or subordinates, realize that a leader is not given to spite and pettiness, they will be more willing to openly seek him out. This will, in turn, makes the leader more effective. Always keep in mind that once a subordinate is destroyed he ceases to contribute to the organization. It would not hurt you much if, once in a while, you could manage to let things slip, unbeknownst- like. Remember that truth is generally the best vindication against slander. Do the very best you know how – – the very best you can – – and keep doing so until the end. Corporate leaders of the future will have to provide employee security while also encouraging an environment for risk taking. At times it will seem like walking a delicate tightrope. But, in reality, it is nothing more than the simple understanding that each person, and each situation, is different it should be handled uniquely, in some cases with completely opposite styles. In many ways, mastering paradox is nothing more than having good common sense. The best, most decisive leaders are those who have a set purpose and self-confidence to accomplish that objective. An entire organization is never wisely sacrificed to avoid losing one or two small parts. Frequently, getting people together can avoid distracted thinking that tends to build on people’s misgivings and apprehensions about others and their departments. Always give credit where credit was due and, conversely, to accept responsibility when things went wrong. If leaders of this - if they praise good work and encourage more of the same - then eventually they will be able to relax and let their subordinates do most of the work. And all the leader will have to do is guide them in the proper direction. Let disputing parties work out their differences by bringing them together and guiding their dialogue. Always let your subordinates know that the honor will be all theirs if they succeed and the blame will be yours if they fail. Write letters to your subordinates making the personal acknowledgment that they were right and you were wrong. When your subordinates come up with good ideas, let them go ahead and try. But monitor their progress. The greatest credit should be given to those in your organization who rendered the hardest work. Establishing goals and gaining their acceptance from subordinates is crucial for effective leadership. Goals unify people, motivate them, and focus their talent and energy. Recent studies in leadership have noted that effective leaders are "reliable and tirelessly persistent" and that they are "the most results oriented people in the world." Set specific short-term goals that can be focused on with intent and immediacy by subordinates. Leave nothing for tomorrow, which can be done today. Choose as your chief subordinates those people who crave responsibility and take risks. Give your follow worse all the support you can, and act on the presumption that they will do the best they can with what you give them. Coach and counsel a new executive so that he or she may get off on the right foot. Remember you want him to succeed. An often overlooked component of leadership is this ability to learn from people and experiences, from successes and failures. The best leaders never stop learning. They possess a special capacity to be taught by those with whom they come into contact. In essence, this ongoing accumulation of knowledge prepares the organization for change. A leader’s ability to develop innovative ideas and ask for people’s help in implementing them may seem to be obvious keys to success. But the sad fact is that too many of today’s leaders resign themselves to the limits imposed on them by flawed systems rather than rethinking those systems. This seems especially true in America as opposed to Japan, where innovation is a way of life. Don't lose confidence in your people when they fail. If you never try, you’ll never succeed. Remember that the best leaders never stop learning. Surround your self with people who really know their business and avoid “yes” men. Remember that there will be times when you should simply not speak. Say to your listeners: “Kindly let me be silent.” Try not to make mistakes when you speak publicly. Everything you say is intently heard. If you make a mistake it doesn't merely affect you but the organization as well. Every leader must realize that the power to motivate followers resides almost solely in the ability to communicate effectively. In most business organizations, private conversation is much more important than public speaking. When you meet with an individual, try not to part with any unpleasant impression on either side. Speak in simple and familiar strains with people, without any pretension of superiority. Leave people with the feeling that they’ve known you all their lives. Don't forget that humor is a major component of your ability to persuade people. Effective visions and organizational mission statement can't be forced upon the masses. Rather, they must be set in motion by means of persuasion. Moreover, truly accepted visions foster innovation, risk-taking, empowerment, and delegation. If the working troops understand what is expected of them, what the organization is trying to accomplish, then it becomes possible to make important decisions on lower levels, thereby creating a climate in which results in progress continually occur. All leaders should remind subordinates why their organization was formed in the first place. Lincoln called on the past, related it to the present, and then used them both to provide a link to the future. Provide a clear, concise statement of the direction of your organization, and justify the actions you take. Everywhere you go, and every conceivable opportunity, reaffirm, reassert, and remind everyone of the basic principles upon which your organization was founded. When effecting renewal, call on the past, relate it to the present, and then use them both to provide a link to the future. I recommend this book to anyone who is a leader!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Baylee

    If I could rate it zero stars, I would. It was horrible and put me to sleep. I believe that it shouldn't have been written. I admire Phillips for trying to write an original book, but it is a terrible topic that is very dull. If I could rate it zero stars, I would. It was horrible and put me to sleep. I believe that it shouldn't have been written. I admire Phillips for trying to write an original book, but it is a terrible topic that is very dull.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emiliano Justice

    I honestly did not thinkI would like this book, just the fact after I read the first 50 pages I wasn’t exactly “feeling it” or whatever that gesture is supposed to mean. I read this for my JROTC military class as it was required, I have not once regretted it. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to make a change in the way they lead by looking back on perhaps (in my opioion) the greatest president of all time.

  7. 5 out of 5

    SJ Loria

    Quiz question, who is the most written about person in human history? Jesus. Who is number two? Lincoln. I picked up Lincoln on Leadership just because. I’m supposed to be reading about psychology exclusively, but I couldn’t resist. I’m glad I picked up this book. It’s written in a kind of Win Friends and Influence People old school, journalist who admits he clearly admires someone kind of tone, but there is a lot to learn from the book. Essentially Lincoln was a person of remarkable character wh Quiz question, who is the most written about person in human history? Jesus. Who is number two? Lincoln. I picked up Lincoln on Leadership just because. I’m supposed to be reading about psychology exclusively, but I couldn’t resist. I’m glad I picked up this book. It’s written in a kind of Win Friends and Influence People old school, journalist who admits he clearly admires someone kind of tone, but there is a lot to learn from the book. Essentially Lincoln was a person of remarkable character who conducted himself in an admirable fashion during very difficult times. He saw the best in others, and was determined on getting to a place, and made sure he got there while employing the help of others to get there. It’s a story of how to be a leader without alienating others, about motivating from a place of trust instead of sheer authority. Call it old school, but the culture of character says you should be a kind of person. The culture of personality says you should act a certain way, in certain circumstances, and it’ll benefit you in the long run. I side with character. In the long run, I think it leads to a better life. There is a whole lot to learn from Lincoln, and the more I learn about him the more I stand in admiration of the kind of person he was. They don’t make them like they used to. Quotes Often Nicolay or Hay would tell a visitor that the president was busy and they should come back later, whereupon Lincoln would open his office door and welcome the visitor anyway. 16 For Lincoln, casual contact with his subordinates was as important as formal gatherings, if not more so…He preferred, whenever possible, to interact with people when they were in a more relaxed, less pressure packed environment. 16 Spending time together and getting to know one’s subordinates can overcome mountains of personal differences and hard feelings. 31 Leadership, by definition, omits the use of coercive power. 38 If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. 39 The architecture of leadership, all the theories and guidelines, falls apart without honesty and integrity. It’s the keystone that holds an organization together…Divorced from ethics, leadership is reduced to management and politics to mere technique. 52 Lincoln understood that to actively engage in slander and malicious dealings would simply eat up far too much of his time, which he used in securing positive end results rather than negative ones. Pettiness, spite, and vengeance are emotional reactions considered to be beneath the dignity of a leader. 58 “It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do no wrong.” –Lincoln “No man resolved to make the most of himself, can spare time for personal contention.” –Lincoln

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maggie B.

    Worst book I've ever read. Wish I could give it 0 stars. Couldn't even finish it was the worst! Worst book I've ever read. Wish I could give it 0 stars. Couldn't even finish it was the worst!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ellis

    So, it's possible that I didn't like this book as much as I should of because I just finished Goodwin's fantastic book on Lincoln, Team of Rivals. Reading Goodwin's book, I was struck by Lincoln's leadership skill. Somehow though, this book just didn’t really impress me much. Hopefully my thoughts on this book aren't biased by the fact that the author compared Lincoln to "great modern leaders" (his words, not mine) like Reagan and George W. Bush. All right, arguments can be made, like his polici So, it's possible that I didn't like this book as much as I should of because I just finished Goodwin's fantastic book on Lincoln, Team of Rivals. Reading Goodwin's book, I was struck by Lincoln's leadership skill. Somehow though, this book just didn’t really impress me much. Hopefully my thoughts on this book aren't biased by the fact that the author compared Lincoln to "great modern leaders" (his words, not mine) like Reagan and George W. Bush. All right, arguments can be made, like his policies or not, for Reagan being a great leader, but Bush???? Is this assumed acumen for leadership based on his claims of being a "compassionate conservative" or that he is "a uniter, not a divider"? It certainly can't be made by his actual performance as a leader. I know that all great leaders have people who are critical of them, but with approval ratings hovering around 30%, who exactly is Bush leading? Whatever it is he is doing, he is doing alone but for his loyal group of cronies and a few people that the Republican Party has managed to convince that they (the conservatives) actually care about them. (Well, they do care about you if you make a million bucks a year and you like to do some strip mining in your spare time.) If it weren’t for people that cling to Bush because of their hope that he will protect them from abortion and all of the benefits of stem-cell research (oh, and that he will keep them safe from the gays), then Bush would have virtually no support except from big dirty companies that will support anyone who has a small enough amount of conscience to allow them to continue to rape and pillage America’s two greatest resources, it’s people and it’s land. Is that leadership? Anyway, hopefully my feelings about the book weren’t biased by the ridiculous comparison of one of the men I admire most with one of the men that I admire the least.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I started reading this book because it is the basis for a talk that I am attending. I was not looking forward to reading it!! If I had not read it, I would have missed out on a great book!! The book has struck me in two ways - 1. great leadership tips in an easy to read format and 2. I learned sooo much about Lincoln and greatly admire him much more now. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to think about their leadership skills!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Terry Hoskins

    One of the best books I have read. The simplest methods of Lincoln’s leadership styles are clearly revealed. President Lincoln’s words at his second inauguration address would be better served as a navigation device for today’s separation in government and politics in general. These precious words: “Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war (racial divide) may speedily ass awRfd

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Pokorny

    Lent to me by a friend, I was at first expecting a small book with general menial principles with some proof texting to support. What I gleaned from this text was a monumental work on leadership by the author, codifying how to emulate Lincoln through the difficulties of his tenure as president of America during the Civil War. This book could easily become a class of lectures and open discussions. The text should be studied and embodied by any and all in a leadership role. Lincoln lives out the t Lent to me by a friend, I was at first expecting a small book with general menial principles with some proof texting to support. What I gleaned from this text was a monumental work on leadership by the author, codifying how to emulate Lincoln through the difficulties of his tenure as president of America during the Civil War. This book could easily become a class of lectures and open discussions. The text should be studied and embodied by any and all in a leadership role. Lincoln lives out the timeless truths of leadership and Donald T. Phillips captures them well, with helpful quick reference principles at the end of each chapter. Add to your library and reference often, especially if you are leading people.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ian Constable

    I found this book very engaging but I’m also captivated by history and the Civil War. The leadership ideas Lincoln embodied were relatable and essential. I have witnessed them to a degree in all the inspiring leaders I’ve encountered in my own life. Decisiveness, suggestion or inspiration and not dictation, passing praise and owning failure, giving a grace period and allowing for failure with subordinates, humility and practicality over etiquette and dignity, always learning, building positive r I found this book very engaging but I’m also captivated by history and the Civil War. The leadership ideas Lincoln embodied were relatable and essential. I have witnessed them to a degree in all the inspiring leaders I’ve encountered in my own life. Decisiveness, suggestion or inspiration and not dictation, passing praise and owning failure, giving a grace period and allowing for failure with subordinates, humility and practicality over etiquette and dignity, always learning, building positive relationships with subordinates at all levels, inspection and oversight where the battle/production/action is, leaders don’t have bad days publicly, understanding of the paradox of consistent adaptation (consistency in execution but open to new ideas).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This book is an excellent tribute to President Lincoln, as well as thorough guide to being a strong leader. I especially liked how well organized it is and the bulleted list of principles discussed at the end of each chapter. I am even more impressed with this great man. I am not particularly focused on becoming a leader, but this book had inspired me. I began this book solely on the basis of being about Abraham Lincoln. I find him fascinating and motivating. I would recommend this book to those This book is an excellent tribute to President Lincoln, as well as thorough guide to being a strong leader. I especially liked how well organized it is and the bulleted list of principles discussed at the end of each chapter. I am even more impressed with this great man. I am not particularly focused on becoming a leader, but this book had inspired me. I began this book solely on the basis of being about Abraham Lincoln. I find him fascinating and motivating. I would recommend this book to those either eager to study the USA's 16th President or who desire to be a better leader.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Jensen

    This was what I like to call my “Nightstand Book” for the past 4 months or so. It was the book that I would read occasionally when I found myself in bed, but not quite sleepy enough yet. I chipped away at it, but I always enjoyed coming back to it!! This is a leadership book, so it has your typical principle format—each chapter is a different quality or characteristic that Lincoln possessed, and that also displayed outstanding leadership. The book is laced with Lincoln anecdotes, letters, speeche This was what I like to call my “Nightstand Book” for the past 4 months or so. It was the book that I would read occasionally when I found myself in bed, but not quite sleepy enough yet. I chipped away at it, but I always enjoyed coming back to it!! This is a leadership book, so it has your typical principle format—each chapter is a different quality or characteristic that Lincoln possessed, and that also displayed outstanding leadership. The book is laced with Lincoln anecdotes, letters, speeches, etc. I’m a huge fan of Lincoln, and this book even taught me a few new things about him. This is a fun book to read once and awhile, but I probably wouldn’t read page after page in a single sitting. I have learned so much from Lincoln, and I hope that all of this learning of him will rub off and help me adopt some of his incredible attributes one day.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kellyn Roth

    Read for school. Really enjoyed. Much to learn here. :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Damon Glassmoyer

    Excellent reminders of the genius of Lincoln, and the boost that following his example can be.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jaime

    This book was required reading for a class and while leadership books aren't generally my thing, Abraham Lincoln certainly is. This book offers good insight into what made Lincoln such an effective leader and tips on how to emulate his style should you find yourself in a position of leadership. This book was required reading for a class and while leadership books aren't generally my thing, Abraham Lincoln certainly is. This book offers good insight into what made Lincoln such an effective leader and tips on how to emulate his style should you find yourself in a position of leadership.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    Had to read this for a course for my masters. I found the information about Lincoln very interesting, but the concepts were nothing new.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Randy

    Lincoln was not only a brilliant and good man, but also immensely wise. This book helped me to see some aspects of his character and operating style in support of principles and practice that can be profitably applied by everyone. Two of the great lessons from the book that come to my mind after many years since last reading it are: (1) Don't send potentially hurtful letters (emails) immediately after writing them. Instead, let them sit awhile to give time to rethink the message. Lincoln appears Lincoln was not only a brilliant and good man, but also immensely wise. This book helped me to see some aspects of his character and operating style in support of principles and practice that can be profitably applied by everyone. Two of the great lessons from the book that come to my mind after many years since last reading it are: (1) Don't send potentially hurtful letters (emails) immediately after writing them. Instead, let them sit awhile to give time to rethink the message. Lincoln appears to have left many unsent letters of this sort, written initially in the grip of passion. It is a wise practice both for the thinking that can be done on paper when moved by emotions, but also that such messages are oft better kept for one's journal history and not embedded into the life of another person. (2) Seek counsel from a wide variety of counselors, even those who don't naturally share your preferred perspective.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    The book contains some very good advice. It is a bit slow reading at times, which is why I gave it the low rating of "just ok." Basically, you get the principle, then an illustration of the principle from Lincoln's life and work. At the end of each chapter you then get some bullet points which summarize the chapter nicely. For people just wanting to scan, those bullet points would be the way to go. It is interesting to read about Lincoln, but as I said, the prose at times can be a bit dry. Howev The book contains some very good advice. It is a bit slow reading at times, which is why I gave it the low rating of "just ok." Basically, you get the principle, then an illustration of the principle from Lincoln's life and work. At the end of each chapter you then get some bullet points which summarize the chapter nicely. For people just wanting to scan, those bullet points would be the way to go. It is interesting to read about Lincoln, but as I said, the prose at times can be a bit dry. However, I still think the book is worth a look, and it is not too heavy.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    Using a historical figure for a lesson in leadership. Not bad. Most leadership or management books discuss some CEO or Business figure that turned company x around to make y profits in z short a time. Lincoln took a myopic military, a divided country, and slavery and turned it around. For his work, he earned an assassin's bullet. After reading the book, I found myself agreeing with the author; Lincoln is an outstanding example of patient leadership. Using a historical figure for a lesson in leadership. Not bad. Most leadership or management books discuss some CEO or Business figure that turned company x around to make y profits in z short a time. Lincoln took a myopic military, a divided country, and slavery and turned it around. For his work, he earned an assassin's bullet. After reading the book, I found myself agreeing with the author; Lincoln is an outstanding example of patient leadership.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    This book breaks down the skills and talents that comprise leadership that still hold true today. In this area in particular, Lincoln was a great role model, as he led this country through its most painful and challenging period. This book should be required reading in management classes. It's one thing to be a manager and something else entirely to be a leader. This book breaks down the skills and talents that comprise leadership that still hold true today. In this area in particular, Lincoln was a great role model, as he led this country through its most painful and challenging period. This book should be required reading in management classes. It's one thing to be a manager and something else entirely to be a leader.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alissa Modrow

    There aren't any new ideas about leadership in the book but if you are interested in Lincoln's leadership style or learning about Lincoln in a different way, then this book might be interesting. A very easy read. Almost too basic, making it seem like it should go along with a high school history class. There aren't any new ideas about leadership in the book but if you are interested in Lincoln's leadership style or learning about Lincoln in a different way, then this book might be interesting. A very easy read. Almost too basic, making it seem like it should go along with a high school history class.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    I read this for a MBA class and it is another exammple of why Lincoln is timeless. Great book, great lessons. I have recommended it numerous times and it is one of those business books that I don't think I could have broken it down, written notes in the margins and highlighted any more! I read this for a MBA class and it is another exammple of why Lincoln is timeless. Great book, great lessons. I have recommended it numerous times and it is one of those business books that I don't think I could have broken it down, written notes in the margins and highlighted any more!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gabby P.

    Wished I could 0 stars for this book. It was very dull and I actually fell asleep while reading it once. Why did I keep reading it? Because I was forced to at school and we have a quiz over it. Sure it's an original idea, but that's the only good thing about it. Wished I could 0 stars for this book. It was very dull and I actually fell asleep while reading it once. Why did I keep reading it? Because I was forced to at school and we have a quiz over it. Sure it's an original idea, but that's the only good thing about it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    This book is very boring. Good way to fall asleep.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I thought this was a well written book with interesting historical context and applications for today.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Krista

    Excellent. An insight into human character at its greatest potential.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Glenda

    In Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times, Donald Phillips highlighted the significant aspects of President Lincoln’s leadership style that clearly displayed his ability to influence others and the outcome of important events. The author is a well-known writer, speaker and leadership consultant, who has received numerous accolades for his series of books on leadership (“Donald T. Phillips,” n.d.). Before writing this book, he assumed there were numerous publications about Pr In Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times, Donald Phillips highlighted the significant aspects of President Lincoln’s leadership style that clearly displayed his ability to influence others and the outcome of important events. The author is a well-known writer, speaker and leadership consultant, who has received numerous accolades for his series of books on leadership (“Donald T. Phillips,” n.d.). Before writing this book, he assumed there were numerous publications about President Lincoln’s leadership experiences. He contacted a local library, the Abraham Lincoln Bookstore in Chicago, and the Lewis A. Warren Lincoln Library in Indiana, and realized after receiving only three articles that he would have to personally research the topic. The purpose of this book is to provide distinct examples of leadership from a well-known leader that can be used as a guideline to improve the skills of leaders in any industry. The book is organized into four parts, e.g. People, Character, Endeavor and Communication. Part one highlighted President Lincoln’s ability to gain the trust of his subordinates, to develop interpersonal relationships, and to persuade people to take action. The second part focused on his character with emphasis on being honest, not seeking revenge, and handling criticism and paradox. Part three highlighted his ability to be decisive, to accomplish goals, to select only best qualified leaders, and to promote innovation. Finally, the fourth part centered on his public speaking ability and his ability to influence others and be a visionary. The organization of the book was a strength because each part provided an in-depth look in to President Lincoln’s leadership principles with each chapter ending with key take aways. His principles were clearly recognized throughout the book in different passages such as: Lincoln was a natural wanderer. As a lawyer in Springfield, Illinois, he spent a great deal of time away from home, not only riding the circuit, but also seeking facts and information pertinent to any case he may have been working on at the time. He was the kind of lawyer who would go out and discover firsthand what was going on. This was one of the major elements that made him so successful at his profession. (p. 15) While kindness was the very foundation of his personality, Lincoln also understood if people were going to come to him with ideas, suggestions, and better ways of making things work, he had to provide the climate to allow it. He actively encouraged innovative thinking and the participation of subordinates. (p. 58) Lincoln made himself aware of any and all new technological advances so they could be implemented first by the Union, well before the Confederacy had time to act. He was quick and decisive in employing these new advances and made every attempt to get new weapons into soldier’s hands immediately, often overcoming government red tape and bureaucracy that might have delayed their use in combat. (p. 141) A shortcoming of the book was presenting President Lincoln as the perfect leader without highlighting specific situations where he failed to influence a person or event. The book is an excellent resource for students, educators, and those serving in leadership positions because the leadership examples are easily relatable to today’s workplace environment. Students can benefit from the book because of the knowledge gained before entering the workplace in a full-time capacity. Educators and those in other leadership positions can use the book as a professional development tool to hone their skills and to mentor students or junior leaders. Overall, the book is ideal for training and developing current and future leaders to assume increasing levels of responsibility over the course of their careers. References Donald T. Phillips. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.donaldtphillipsauthor.com... Phillips, D.T. (1992). Lincoln on leadership: Executive strategies for tough times. New York, NY: Grand Central Publishing

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