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Lincoln on Leadership for Today

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Lincoln on Leadership for Today

Abraham Lincoln's Approach to Twenty-First-Century Issues
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The author of the classic bestseller Lincoln on Leadership answers the question: How would President Lincoln handle the pressing crises of our modern world?
Abraham Lincoln is recognized as one of history's finest leaders, a great president when the United States was under tremendous strain. But suppose he were alive today? How would Lincoln deal with today's high-pressure issues, from politics to business?

Based on a lifelong study of Lincoln's life, writings, and speeches, best-selling author Donald T. Phillips offers compelling ideas on how Lincoln would employ his exemplary leadership and executive style.

How would Lincoln handle today's frayed race relations, terrorism at home and abroad, gun control, and the influence of special interest groups on Congress? What would have been Lincoln's reaction to the invasion of Iraq? How would he have handled the Great Recession? What would be his stance on science and climate change? How did Lincoln feel about government entitlement programs? Would he have them at all? How would he feel about the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots, a worker's right to strike, the minimum wage, and labor unions? Would Lincoln have a mobile phone and embrace the whirl of social media?

Phillips hews very closely to Lincoln's extensive writings and records to offer a fascinating look at how we might solve some of our most challenging problems, Lincoln-style.

The author of the classic bestseller Lincoln on Leadership answers the question: How would President Lincoln handle the pressing crises of our modern world?
Abraham Lincoln is recognized as one of history's finest leaders, a great president when the United States was under tremendous strain. But suppose he were alive today? How would Lincoln deal with today's high-pressure issues, from politics to business?

Based on a lifelong study of Lincoln's life, writings, and speeches, best-selling author Donald T. Phillips offers compelling ideas on how Lincoln would employ his exemplary leadership and executive style.

How would Lincoln handle today's frayed race relations, terrorism at home and abroad, gun control, and the influence of special interest groups on Congress? What would have been Lincoln's reaction to the invasion of Iraq? How would he have handled the Great Recession? What would be his stance on science and climate change? How did Lincoln feel about government entitlement programs? Would he have them at all? How would he feel about the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots, a worker's right to strike, the minimum wage, and labor unions? Would Lincoln have a mobile phone and embrace the whirl of social media?

Phillips hews very closely to Lincoln's extensive writings and records to offer a fascinating look at how we might solve some of our most challenging problems, Lincoln-style.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 7, 2016
    Phillips’s topical follow-up to his earlier Lincoln on Leadership begins by describing the nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln at his mother’s deathbed, listening to her last words: “Be good to one another.” That sets the tone for this intelligent and often moving look at one of the nation’s greatest presidents. Phillips portrays Lincoln as a gentle and sensitive boy who became the same type of leader, trying to maintain the Union in his early presidency while dealing with high casualty rates and soldiers gone AWOL. While Lincoln was a conscientious congressman who often made bipartisan overtures, he also took care to denounce the “evil spirit” of corruption he saw in Washington, D.C. Elsewhere, Phillips recalls a momentous biblical quotation from one of Lincoln’s early senate campaigns, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Using his extensive knowledge of Lincoln, Phillips makes convincing cases throughout for what the 19th-century statesman’s opinion would be on a wide array of issues faced by the 21st-century U.S., including climate change, torture, immigration, and equal pay for women. For readers who find present-day politics almost too much to contemplate, Phillips’s closing vision of Lincoln witnessing the “current state of affairs” will be especially poignant and bittersweet. Agent: Bob Barnett, Williams & Connolly.

  • Kirkus

    December 1, 2016
    An author who has published frequently on leadership and leaders--from the Founding Fathers to Vince Lombardi--returns with his second book about Lincoln's leadership (Lincoln on Leadership, 1992).Phillips (The Clinton Charisma: A Legacy of Leadership, 2007, etc.) follows Lincoln's professional career chronologically, from lawyer to president. After each chapter, the author offers his opinions about how Lincoln might handle the most prominent political and social issues of our day, including abortion, capital punishment, international relations, and public education. The biographical chapters are well-researched, although Phillips rarely finds anything negative to say about Lincoln. As a metaphor for Lincoln's strength (physical and otherwise) he continually reminds us of Lincoln's ability to balance an ax at the end of each extended arm. It's risky business, though, yanking a character from a previous century into our own and speculating about what he or she would do. It forces us, in this case, to imagine a leader who died in 1865 sitting once again in the White House and dealing with issues in contexts that would entirely baffle him. In his "Lincoln on Leadership" sections, the author is forced, of course, to offer qualifiers like "My feeling is," "My sense is," and the like. Throughout, Phillips asserts that Lincoln would be a Democrat of today, supporting women's rights, voting rights, public education, environmental protection, action on climate change, and public health care. He would, however, in the author's view, allow states to keep the Confederate flag, permit capital punishment in heinous cases, find a "middle ground" on abortion, and keep the Electoral College. From Lincoln's behavior, the author extracts a number of leadership principles, including the importance of incremental change and working with your opponents. Deeply admiring biography mixed with much supposition that ranges from thought-provoking to ridiculous.

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