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Lincoln On Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times [Kindle Edition]

Donald T. Phillips
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Only ten days before Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office in 1861, the Confederate States of America seceded from the Union, taking Federal agencies, forts, and arsenals within their territory. To make matters worse, Lincoln, who was elected by a plurality 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 -- but how he can help you to run your organization is not. LINCOLN ON LEADERSHIP was the first book to examine the diverse leadership abilities that have made Abraham Lincoln an inspiration to everyone from businessmen to Barack Obama. And in today's complex world, these lessons are more relevant than ever. 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 -- instead request, imply, or make suggestions


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About the Author

Donald T. Phillips is the bestselling author of eighteen books, including Lincoln on Leadership and On the Wing of Speed. He has also collaborated on books with Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K of Duke University), Phil Mickelson, and Cal Ripken, Jr.

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  • File Size: 593 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DTP/Companion Books (November 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VPEL0W
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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This book purports to be about business leadership, and if you find it helpful for that purpose, good for you. The author clearly did. The genesis of this book project was an epiphany for the author while taking a management seminar and reading a history of Lincoln during the war years. He realized that the principles in the seminar were all ones that Lincoln employed.
Each chapter explores one broad principle, and then lists subprinciples at the end of the chapter. These subprinciples will feel like leadership or management axioms to most. Few of the chapters have any reference to the management literature or to modern day management situations.
But I found that okay. Whenever I read about Lincoln, I notice things about his leadership and management style that interest me, but I have never seen a book that focused on that element until this one. I thought it was useful to have a history that emphasizes just that slant. I think you will, too, unless Lincoln is someone you don't care for.
The first chapter was especially interesting to me, because it talked about Lincoln's inclination to visit the scene and find out what was going on. There's a very interesting chart that shows how many days a month he was traveling during the war. The author makes a connection to Management by Wandering Around from In Search of Excellence that works.
Everyone will have their favorite part of the book. The sections are divided into things about people, character, endeavor, and communication. I found the communications sections to be unusually good. As outstanding as Lincoln was in many areas, he was probably a better communicator than just about anything else.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and helpful read! May 6, 2006
Format:Paperback
Before my review, let's have a quick reference of it per chapters/principles delivered by the author.

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

Simple and common as found in many other leadership or management books, huh? Definitely! However, the beauty of it comes from the author's excellent story telling and writing skill, that Lincoln's biography had been intermingled vividly and interestingly with leadership axioms extracted by the author. For sure it's much easier to bear in mind the learnings from a real person, recall them and put them into practice. A good and helpful read, I must say. Dont miss it!

p.s. The chart No. of days per month on pg 23 demonstrating Lincoln's practice of MBWA (management by walking around) during the course of his presidency is really unique and impressive.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lincoln radiates leadership... September 24, 2000
Format:Paperback
Lincoln on Leadership tells the tail of one of the most influential presidents of American history. It's a quick read that really touches at the core of leadership and the man who exemplified the subject best, Abraham Lincoln. The way the book is titled makes you think that it was Lincoln himself who actually wrote it (this is not true). Although there's a good amount of writing by Lincoln in the book, the lessons are mostly interpreted by the author Donald T. Phillips, through actual historical events taken from the president's life in office. The author does a great job of extracting the jewels of leadership wisdom by analyzing Lincoln's actions. Lincoln on Leadership is not a step by step guide on leadership theory, it is more of a biography on Lincoln's life in office. If your looking for a thorough history on Lincoln don't bother, most of the items covered are during the Civil War, the time where Lincoln displayed most of his leadership abilities.
The contents of the book are presented in four parts, each part breaks down into several sub-parts pertaining to the main topic:
Part I - People
Part II - Character
Part III - Endeavor
Part IV - Communication
I must tell you, after reading this book I am definitely interested in learning more about our sixteenth president (AKA - Honest Abe). Lincoln on Leadership helped me see the extraordinary attributes of an American legend. His honesty, integrity, and tenacity are all characteristics that should be mimicked by all students of leadership.
Excellent job Donald...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, light reading on leadership December 27, 1999
Format:Paperback
This book does a good job of detailing some of the skills needed to be a great leader: the importance of building friendships; when to ignore criticism and when to face it; and taking responsibility for decision-making. I also give Lincoln great credit for his superb use of stories and American mythology. He breathes American history, as best illustrated by this quotation: "I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence." I do see some flaws in Lincoln's style though. Phillips gives Lincoln credit for almost never giving direct orders, but I don't see a thing in the world wrong with direct orders. After all, the fastest route between two points isn't always a curve. And the way Lincoln shuffled generals around seems downright counterproductive. Overall though, this is a good book and I'd recommend it to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book.
Published 10 days ago by Mark Coy
5.0 out of 5 stars Timely insight on leadership
This is an excellent reference on the balancing requirements of leadership. It is vision of what it takes to an effective leader.
Published 11 days ago by Vince Mathews
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Great book!
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Such an outstanding book. Helps my leadership skills.
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Published 17 days ago by Tahseen Firoz
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I have handed out this book for two decades!
Published 20 days ago by Walkerdc
5.0 out of 5 stars Lincoln has just made my favorite list after reading this book
Lincoln has just made my favorite list after reading this book. Reading this book has lead me on a consumptive journey to read as many writings of Lincoln's as I can find. Read more
Published 25 days ago by A.Wills
5.0 out of 5 stars Had to read it for work, but enjoyed it
Good book with lots of anecdotal evidence to support the writer's opinions about Lincoln. There were many stories included that I had never heard, so I really enjoyed the book. Read more
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Best-selling author Don Phillips brings history alive with crisp compelling prose and historical accuracy. His trilogy on American leadership (The Founding Fathers on Leadership, Lincoln on Leadership, Martin Luther King, Jr. on Leadership) continues to win worldwide acclaim. His first book, Lincoln on Leadership, helped pave the way toward the creation of an entire new genre of books on historical leadership. Currently in its 23rd printing, it has been translated into seven languages.

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