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Publisher's Summary

In this remarkable book, hailed by CEOs, politicians, coaches, and college presidents alike, Donald T. Phillips examines Lincoln's effective leadership style. As he explores the President's diverse management skills, he demonstrates how you can succeed with them in today's complex world.

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.

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"[Nelson Runger's] energy and pacing carry the listener along." (Booklist)

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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.

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  • Henrik
  • Herndon, VA, United States
  • 09-06-06

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.

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  • Eric
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • 09-07-04

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.

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If only more managers used these principals

I couldn't agree with his leader principles any more. I'm moved by a man who was able to overcome unconscionable adversities throughout his life and continue to stay true to his value of integrity and confidence in himself. I can relate a lot to his story and styles but do not have the ability at this point to empathize with my adversaries with such strategy, grace, and poise as did he. I strive to be able to embody these learnings as I believe them to be the most effective leadership techniques.

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A must read for everyone wanting to lead others!

Would you listen to Lincoln on Leadership again? Why?

Absolutely! This book has taught me so many things! I read or listen to it at least every few months!

Who was your favorite character and why?

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!

Any additional comments?

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!

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  • Richard
  • San Pedro, CA, United States
  • 07-22-05

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.

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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

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great read

This is a great read. One must read this very carefully and not get caught in trap of loosing sight of Lincoln's intent. His purpose was to keep the nation together. Micromanaging control freaking could misread this as a validation of their behavior. Lincoln was not a Micromanager.

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One of the best books on leadership

This is a great book and I took some great insites and pointers from it... just for whatever it's worth, the book Lincoln on Leadership For Today and this book are radically different... I started on the other book and couldn't finish it... this book is fantastic tho.

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Great insight into one of the greatest leaders!

easy to listen to, so many greats quotes and stories of advise getting a physical copy as well.

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  • Ben Freeman
  • 06-15-14

Disappointing and dated

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

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.