by Calvin K. Lee, MBA, CPA | Category: Book Reviews, Inspirational Life
ABRAHAM LINCOLN, 16th President of the United States of America
LINCOLN ON LEADERSHIP, rated 4.5 stars out of 5 stars with 280 customer reviews on Amazon, is written by Donald T. Phillips, and is one of my favorite books. It is a very practical book, and it’s a small book with less than 200 pages so it’s easy to read in a few sessions.
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I first read this book on an international flight that took 13 hours, so I had plenty of time to enjoy the whole book.
Abraham Lincoln is one of my role models. I strongly believe in having good people skills allows me to live a much better and smoother life everyday as I interact with different people: my supervisors, colleagues, friends, family members, and even strangers.
HISTORY CHANNEL VIDEO: ABRAHAM LINCOLN BIOGRAPHY
I think people and soft skills are so important that I took courses in this area during my MBA studies at Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, and Guanghua School of Management at Peking University in Beijing, China. I took numerous leadership and teamwork courses.
Everyone who knows a little U.S. history is aware that Lincoln was the President of the United States. He was the 16th U.S. president, serving from 1861 until his assassination in 1865.
Abraham Lincoln was known as a great leader. He grew up very poor, and had to work very hard to put himself through law school, and eventually enter politics. He has amazing tenacity and perseverance.
If you do a Google search for “Abraham Lincoln failures”, the results may shock you.
Lost job, 1832
Defeated for legislature, 1832
Failed in business, 1833
Elected to legislature, 1834
Sweetheart (Ann Rutledge) died, 1835
Had nervous breakdown, 1836
Defeated for Speaker, 1838
Defeated for nomination for Congress, 1843
Elected to Congress, 1846
Lost renomination, 1848
Rejected for Land Officer, 1849
Defeated for Senate, 1854
Defeated for nomination for Vice-President, 1856
Again defeated for Senate, 1858
Elected President, 1860
I think most people would have quit after a few setbacks. Abraham Lincoln had numerous setbacks, but he continued on no matter what until he achieved his goal of becoming president.
Even after Abraham Lincoln became president, he had many adversaries and opponents who lashed out at him and criticized him no matter what he did. The best part of this book LINCOLN ON LEADERSHIP is on page 67:
“As president, Lincoln learned that, no matter what he did, there was going to be people who would not be pleased.”
In fact, I’ve found variations on this theme in numerous other books, which you can see in the picture below of my references to other books:
A few of Abraham Lincoln’s famous quotes if you do a Google search:
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
Whatever you are, be a good one.
I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.
I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
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