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Lincoln on Leadership. Written By : Donald T. Phillips Presented By: Jose Vega. Background. February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865 Raised in the western frontier Self educated lawyer One term congressman - Illinois 16 th President of the United States. Background.

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Lincoln on leadership

Lincoln on Leadership

Written By : Donald T. Phillips

Presented By: Jose Vega


  • February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865

  • Raised in the western frontier

  • Self educated lawyer

  • One term congressman - Illinois

  • 16th President of the United States


  • President during the Civil War

  • Abolished slavery

Main points
Main Points

  • People

  • Character

  • Endeavor

  • Communication


  • Get Out of the Office and Circulate Among the Troops

  • Build Strong Alliances

  • “Everyone likes a good complement”

  • Showing your compassionate and caring nature will aid you in forging successful relationships.

People cont
People Cont.

  • Persuade Rather Than Coerce

  • Make people believe it was their own idea.

  • Delegate responsibility and authority by empowering peopleto act on their own.


  • Your organization will take on the personality of its top leaders.

  • You must be consistently fair and decent, in both the business and personal side of life.

  • Do the very best you know how – the very best you can – and keep doing so until the end.

Character cont
Character Cont.

  • Don’t surrender the game leaving any available card unplayed.

  • It is your duty to advance the aims of the organization and also to help those who serve it.

  • Overcome the paradox of providing employee security while also providing an environment for risk taking.

Character cont1
Character Cont.

  • Never crush a man out, thereby making him and his friends permanent enemies of your organization.

  • Once a subordinate is destroyed he ceases to contribute to the organization.

Character cont2
Character Cont.

  • Avoid major conflicts in the forms of quarrels and arguments because…….


  • Unite your followers with a “Corporate Mission”.

  • Seize the initiative and never relinquish it.

  • Set specific short term goals that can be focused on with intent and immediacy (Light a Fire) by subordinates.

  • Set goals and parameters so that subordinates can act on their own initiative.

Endeavor cont
Endeavor Cont.

  • If you have a subordinate who has a presidential chin-fly biting him, don’t knock it off.

  • Let subordinates know honor will be theirs if they succeed and the blame yours if they fail.

  • The greatest credit should given to those who render the hardest work.

  • Your chief subordinates should be those who crave responsibility and take risk.

  • Coach and counsel a new executive so that he or she will get off on the right foot.

Endeavor cont1
Endeavor Cont.

  • Don’t lose confidence in your people when they fail.

  • Be innovative.


  • Impromptu speaking is your avenue to the public.

  • When you preach don’t aim to high, instead aim lower so as to reach the common people.

  • Use body language when you speak.

  • A short story can sometimes relay your point of view with less resistance than an explanation.

Communication cont
Communication Cont.

  • Loyalty is more often won through privet conversation than any other way.

  • A good laugh is good for both the mental and physical digestion.

  • After meeting with someone try to leave on good terms.

Communication cont1
Communication Cont.

  • Provide a clear and concise direction for your organization.

  • Justify the actions you take.


  • People

  • Character

  • Endeavor

  • Communication