016: Engaging Lincoln Part 1: 5 Secrets Nearly Anyone Can Use to Be an Extraordinary Leader

by Joe Sherwood on December 13, 2012

Engaging Lincoln Part 1


This is the first of a two-part series examining the leadership of one of the top-two greatest presidents in U.S. history, Abraham Lincoln.  Jesse and Marty discuss the leadership principles followed by Lincoln during the Civil War to engage a severely divided nation.  Lincoln may have been a genius, but nearly anyone can use these five secrets to be an extraordinary leader:

  1. Get the right people on the bus, and then give them full authority to make decisions appropriate to their accountability
  2. Practice mutual respect and involvement
  3. Take blame and share credit
  4. Be flexible: use a compass to follow true-north, but navigate around the pond
  5. Focus on long-term results and communicate the vision continually

Resources Mentioned in This Episode

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Lincoln (2012) Directed by Stephen Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios

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