Lincoln on Leadership: Professional Reading Saturday

One of my favorite leadership lesson books is Donald T. Phillips’ Lincoln on Leadership.  It’s a brief, easy-to-read piece that frames familiar stories about Lincoln’s life into leadership lessons that you can use in your work today.

lincoln-on-leadership-2Here’s a look at what you’ll learn from our sixteenth President via Phillips’ leadership guide:

  1. Get out of the office and circulate among the troops.
  2. Build strong alliances.
  3. Persuade rather than coerce.
  4. Honesty and integrity are the best policies.
  5. Never act out of vengeance or spite.
  6. Have the courage to handle unjust criticism.
  7. Be a master of paradox.
  8. Exercise a strong hand; be decisive.
  9. Lead by being led.
  10. Set goals and be results-oriented.
  11. Keep searching until you find your “Grant.”
  12. Encourage innovation.
  13. Master the art of public speaking.
  14. Influence people through conversation and storytelling.
  15. Preach a vision and continually reaffirm it.

Sound like topics you’d be interested in ?  It’s a great piece for you and a perfect book for a group study with your administrative team, leadership council, or even student leaders.  A timely work at any time but perhaps perfect for the moment.  The subtitle for Lincoln on Leadership?  Executive Strategies for Tough Times.


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