When Lincoln took the oath of office in 1861, the Confederate States had already seceded from the Union. Even though his own advisers expected him to fail, he eventually reunited the embattled states with uncommon good sense. Using historical anecdotes, speeches, and Lincoln's own letters, the author shares the President's practical managerial strategies: seize the initiative, wage only one war at a time, encourage risk-taking while promoting job security, circulate among the troops, and more.
With this compelling portrait, Donald T. Phillips reveals Lincoln as one of the world's most outstanding leaders. Nelson Runger's thought-provoking narration will motivate you to influence others in the same quiet way.
©1992 Donald T. Phillips II; (P)1999 Recorded Books, Inc.
"[Nelson Runger's] energy and pacing carry the listener along." (Booklist)
I heard reference to this in a book and I felt a bit of History mingled with leadership would be interesting and also a good book to listen to on the move. Oh dear a book best skimmed at best. Rather dated and neither a great history book or leadership book. Not sure there are any real take aways and sounds very dated... then again the book was written some time ago.
"Essential leadership philosophy and style"
Phillips did a remarkable job in piecing together this analysis of Lincoln's leadership. It's amazing no one else had written such a book before.
A must-listen for any good manager who wants to be a great leader.
Even though there are two minor nits with the recording (you can hear Runger's breathing inbetween some sections and chapters flow together so it's hard to guess when one ends and the next one starts), I gave it a 5-star rating because of the content. I recommend getting a copy of the paperback version so you can follow these principles day-to-day.
Recommended reading/listening: "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin, which delves deeper into it.
"A few things you should know before downloading"
There are a few things you should know before downloading this audio book.
Let’s take the positive first: It is a fast listen – easily finished in a couple of days. It is (as always) narrated to perfection by Nelson Runger. It reveals a lot of interesting and surprising facts about Lincoln – that I bet you did not know about.
And the negative: It is, in my opinion, not a book well-suited for audio. After each chapter, the author summarises the essence in a list of “Lincoln Principles”. I constantly found myself wishing that I had the book in front of me – especially if I wanted to look at the lists later on. Please also be aware, that this is a very unusual mix between a management book and a historic narrative – maybe not appealing to all readers.
Although somewhat disappointed, I have given it three stars anyway – because it has opened my eyes towards Lincoln in a new and more exciting way.
"Shallow with some interesting tid-bits"
This is an interesting look at one great statesman in Lincoln and a very compelling idea in leadership. It doesn't provide the reader with insight into the reason for good leadership and theoretical aspects of the subjects, but rather gives shallow suggestions for leadership techniques. It is thus repetitive and not very penetrating. It is a well-written survey though and worth taking a listen.
"A must read for everyone wanting to lead others!"
Absolutely! This book has taught me so many things! I read or listen to it at least every few months!
Lincoln, of course was my favorite character. The way he was able to put a hold on his irritation, anger, and disappointment is inspiring! I've learned from him that writing down my angst will purge those feelings, giving me a chance to vent yet allowing me time for constructive thoughts to take the place of the negative ones BEFORE I have 'that' conversation! He truly practiced self-mastery!
There are few books or audios that a person goes to again and again for years on end! This is one that has had me doing just that for greater than ten years!
The book was an engaging historical account of Lincoln and provided a unique, though sometimes over-simplified, take on principles of leadership. However, I was driven to fits of distraction by the sounds of the narrator's loud breathing and saliva smacking tongue.
"I couldn't stop listening."
I have been in some form of management and in leadership roles for several years. I was impressed with the reading of this book and simply couldn't get enough. This story detailing the way Lincoln "ministered to and mentored" his subordinates provides great insight to many powerful leadership principles. He was a man ahead of his time. His integrity was his cornerstone that he built all of his relationships upon. His eloquence and deep character are portrayed in a way that I had not heard of before. Many principles taken from his example are right on target.
"Where is a Lincoln when you need him?"
This was a great listen. I love the history but I really liked the way the author taped into President Lincoln's leadership style. I kept thinking what a diffrent world it would be if we still had Presidents of this caliber in the White House.
The only thing I did not like about the book was the times when the author went to far into the details.
Recommended for history buffs and/or people who are trying to be great leaders
"Will refuse to recommend"
This was one of the worst leadership books I've listened to date. Probably what is most infuriating is how it's held in such high regard as if it were the burning bush to leadership. If it had been the start of my leadership journey I would have a figure to see the examples of leadership, and that's great.
If you know anything about Abraham Lincoln then please save yourself time and move along.
"holy smokes it drones"
I really struggled to finish this book. The narrator has a voice that just caused me to lose interest in the story. However, the story itself is pretty boring. Only reason I gave it three stars is because they make three good suggestions for leadership and have the examples to back it.
"I good book"
It is well written and has a number of good lessons for leaders at an executive level.
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