Lincoln's Leadership Strategies

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Book Review of
Lincoln on Leadership, Executive Strategies for Tough Times
Authored By Donald T. Phillips

This report has been completed by Karie Jeisel and Gregory Heintschel DDS
For Management 6013, October 2009

Book Overview
Author, Donald T. Phillips, wrote Lincoln on Leadership after realizing that many strategies on effective leadership being taught to business leaders today are those which Abraham Lincoln so eloquently employed during his presidency. Phillip’s book points out fifteen different leadership principles that stand the test of time and can be taught and used to improve business strategic planning techniques, models for changing organizations and leadership performance and effectiveness.
Abe Lincoln cultivated a deep understanding of the human nature of people. Through this concept, he practiced several principles that led him to meet his goals and his larger vision for the nation to remain united. By spending most of his time with people to understand their nature and motives, Lincoln used the knowledge he gained and his keen ability to persuade in a positive manner rather than using coercive power. His basic philosophy of persuasion, support and delegation was exactly the style of leadership needed to pull the country back to together during the Civil War. Abe appealed to his subordinates’ sense of self-efficacy. He knew the value of making requests and empowering others as opposed to issuing orders.
Everyone today can improve his or her leadership and organizational effectiveness by practicing Abraham Lincoln’s honesty, integrity and consistency. The success of the United States government at the time can partly be attributed to the strong shared values of its people which were consistently instilled by its president. Lincoln drew people together by continually professing and exemplifying his beliefs in “the pursuit of…...

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