Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times Summary

The SQUEEZE: Serving as a twenty-first century leader is becoming increasingly difficult within the context of national crisis, political infighting, and current unemployment statistics. However, serving as a nineteenth-century leader amidst social turmoil regarding the constitutionality of slavery is a role that most wouldn’t have been equipped to handle. Abraham Lincoln led the country through its greatest crisis—the American Civil War. He promoted economic and financial modernization as well as the abolishing of slavery. Donald T. Phillips explores Lincoln’s role and belief systems during his presidency in “Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times.” In the book, Phillips delivers principles concerning the need for negotiation, the attitude of honesty, and the ability to handle unjust criticism. Phillips’s book is a must-read for anyone training to become a national and/or global leader.


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Notable Endorsement: Phillips' book contains many interesting facts of Lincoln's leadership style and provides many examples of why Lincoln was so effective.”—Michael Taylor, Customer


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About the Author: Donald T. Phillips is a best-selling author who breathes life into history using compelling prose and historical accuracy. Phillips has written multiple books on American leadership: “The Founding Fathers on Leadership,” “Lincoln on Leadership,” and “Martin Luther King, Jr. on Leadership.” His genre of books typically includes also historical leadership. For a list of titles, visit:


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Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (February 1993)

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