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.
Here’s a look at what you’ll learn from our sixteenth President via Phillips’ leadership guide:
- Get out of the office 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 conversation and storytelling.
- 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.