What Would Lincoln Do?

Doris Kearns Goodwin identified ten traits that made Abraham Lincoln a great leader. They are not only appropriate qualities to look for in today’s leaders, but for followers to cultivate, as well.

  1. rivalsCapacity to listen to different points of view
  2. Ability to learn on the job
  3. Ready willingness to share credit for success
  4. Ready willingness to share blame for failure 
  5. Awareness of own weaknesses
  6. Ability to control emotions
  7. Know how to relax and replenish
  8. Go out into the field and manage directly
  9. Strength to adhere to fundamental goals
  10. Ability to communicate goals and vision