Lincoln

17 Jun

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I am an avid reader. The American presidents are of interest to me and I have read many works on them. Please check my Goodreads for my suggestions. These leaders have been forced to confront those who work against them for reasons of jealousy, spite, or zealous ambition. It’s some difficult reality leaders must face.  Some people just hope a leader will fail for the sake of failing. As someone who is leading change in school recently I feel this. Educational leaders face the struggle against those who would see them fail. It would be wise to keep the fight about the ideas and not about the personalities at play.

Abraham Lincoln was confronted with tests to his leadership throughout his presidency. His treasury secretary, Salmon Chase, continually challenged Lincoln’s capability and worked to subvert him from the start to the finish of his cabinet career. In the last months of 1862, he played a major role in precipitating crises that twice threatened the fragile stability of Lincoln’s cabinet as a result of his ambition and attempts to overcome the need to build his reputation.He was, Goodwin points out in her acclaimed work, “Forever brooding on a station in life not yet reached” and Lincoln had the misfortune of having to manage his secretary’s personal weaknesses despite the treasurer’s great capabilities.”3

It is important to reflect on our histories as we learn a great deal from them. Good luck in leading your environment.

1. The Lehrman Institute, Abraham Lincoln and Salmon P. Chase, Abraham Lincoln’s Classroom.  Retrieved from http://www.abrahamlincolnsclassroom.org/abraham-lincolns-contemporaries/abraham-lincoln-and-salmon-p-chase/

2. Beard, R. (2014). The rise and fall (and rise) of Salmon P. Chase. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/02/the-rise-and-fall-and-rise-of-salmon-p-chase/?_r=0

3. Goodwin, D.K. (2006). Team of rivals: The political genius of Abraham Lincoln. New York: Simon & Schuster.

 

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