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Abraham Lincoln

Leadership skills of Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln

  1. 1. Introduction • Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) • He was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. • Lincoln led the United States through its greatest constitutional, military, and moral crisis—the American Civil War—preserving the Union, abolishing slavery, strengthening the national government and modernizing the economy.
  2. 2. • Reared in a poor family on the western frontier, Lincoln was self- educated, and became a country lawyer, a Whig Party leader, Illinois state legislator during the 1830s, and a one-term member of the United States House of Representatives during the 1840s. • He promoted rapid modernization of the economy through banks, canals, railroads and tariffs to encourage the building of factories; he opposed the war with Mexico in 1846.
  3. 3. Some Abraham Lincoln Quotes • “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.” • "Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” • "If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.”
  4. 4. • "Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.” • "Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.”
  5. 5. How Lincoln became America's Greatest President • It wasn't Abraham Lincoln's strengths but the self-discipline with which he used those strengths for the right purpose. – Abraham Lincoln's journey from being just another politician to becoming America's greatest president. – A key to this transformation was how Lincoln, developed the self-discipline to take one of his signature strengths—his mastery of language—and used it to serve the interests of the American people rather than his own.
  6. 6. • It would be doing injustice to his speech to endeavor to give a sketch of it. It was replete with good sense, sound reasoning, and irresistible argument, and spoken with that perfect command of manner and matter which so eminently distinguishes the Western orators. --Lowell (Massachusetts) Daily Journal, Sept. 18, 1848 • We shall not undertake to tell what he said to the people, but we do not hesitate to say that his arguments on the leading issue between the parties were unanswerable; and we wish every man in the State could hear the same. --Paris (Illinois) Prairie Beacon, August 8, 1856 Quotes from esteemed Columnists
  7. 7. • How any reasonable man can hear one of Mr. Lincoln's speeches without being converted to Republicanism, is something that we can't account for. --Bloomington (Illinois) Pantagraph, September 3, 1858 • Mr. Lincoln spoke nearly two hours and we believe he would have held his audience had he spoken all night. --Dover (New Hampshire) Inquirer, March 8, 1860
  8. 8. Characteristics • President Abraham Lincoln appointed the best and brightest to his Cabinet, individuals who were also some of his greatest political rivals. • He demonstrated his leadership by pulling this group together into a unique team that represented the greatest minds of his time
  9. 9. CHARACTERISTICS Capacity to Listen to Different Points of View Ability to Learn on the Job Willingness to Share Credit for Success Willingness to Share Blame for Failure Awareness of Own Weaknesses Ability to Control Emotions Know How to Relax and Replenish Go Out into Field & Manage Directly Strength to Adhere to Fundamental Goals Ability to Communicate Goals & Vision
  10. 10. Achievements • Elected President of the United States of America in 1860 • 1st Republican President in American history • Commander-In-Chief during the Civil War • Issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863- a strong supporter of the Thirteenth Amendment to formally end slavery in the U.S. • Signed the Homestead Act which opened millions of acres of government-owned land in the West
  11. 11. • Named in countless political campaigns as an influence on the candidates' own views and political education (recent-Barack Obama's election as President of the U.S.,2009) • Only person to ever both hold a patent and serve as President of the United States. • Lincoln signed into law included the Homestead Act, the Morrill Act, the National Banking Act, and a bill that chartered the first transcontinental railroad • Made Thanksgiving a standardized national holiday in 1863. • Birthday celebrated as national holiday- President’s Day
  12. 12. President's recognizable image appears on the penny The five dollar bill
  13. 13. The national landmark at Mt. Rushmore
  14. 14. Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. -1862
  15. 15. In this temple. As in the hearts of the people. For whom he saved the union The memory of Abraham Lincoln is destined Forever
  16. 16. "A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half- slave and half-free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved - I do not expect the house to fall - but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.“ - Abraham Lincoln (House Divided Speech, June 16, 1858)
  17. 17. Team Members • Imad Sirkhot 13032 • Karen D’souza 13037 • Ketaki Misra 13038 • Kirk Coutino 13040 • Punam Biswas 13050
  18. 18. Thank You...