Doris Kearns Goodwin Engagingly Offers Leadership Lessons From Lincoln

Sitting among the capacity crowd last night at Northampton Community College’s Spartan Center listening to historian Dr. Doris Kearns Goodwin weave tales of her experiences, research and family life, I felt fortunate to be in what felt like a master class on Lincoln, the importance of making the most of our opportunities and how to lead with character.  Drawing from the life of Lincoln, Goodwin emphasized the traits that made Lincoln great and that can help us lead our lives effectively.  

1. The ability to motivate oneself in the face of adversity

2. To learn from failure

3. Share credit

4.Shoulder blame

5. Be aware  of  one’s weaknesses

6. Control emotions, especially anger 

7. Find ways  to relax and to regain a sense of humor

8. Spend time with the people you lead, especially those in need

9.  Remain true to your goals

10. Communicate your ideas with eloquence

Lincoln’s second inaugural address, Goodwin noted is perhaps the finest example of Lincoln’s eloquence when he urged: “Malice toward none and charity for all.”

Dr. Doris Kearns Goodwin drew from her roles as a daughter, mother and historian and emphasized that  history is both vocation and avocation, a joy to embrace and learn for when we know our past we can better shape our future. And whether we are leading an organization, our family or just our own life, Goodwin distilled the lessons of leadership from Lincoln in the most accessible, entertaining way.  Dr. Doris Kearns Goodwin is a master teacher, an entertaining speaker and a true American treasure!

11 Responses to “Doris Kearns Goodwin Engagingly Offers Leadership Lessons From Lincoln”

  1. 1 geoffwrites1986
    April 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Although I was not there, with your synopsis, now I feel like I was. thanks for account of the talk.

  2. April 13, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    This is great, really like what she had to say!

  3. 3 Heidi
    April 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Glad you were able to attend. It was a memorable evening. Readers who enjoyed your post might also be interested in this: http://www.northampton.edu/Northampton-NOW/The-Genius-of-Abraham-Lincoln.htm

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