Listen Like Lincoln

The highly acclaimed Lincoln movie has highlighted the extraordinary leadership of Abraham Lincoln.  Lincoln showed that a leader must serve all the people, not just self-interest.

Lincoln experienced the highs and lows of leadership without acting rashly.

Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks said that Lincoln led by listening carefully to those both inside and outside his circle.  “Listening, always being present and authenticity are essential leadership qualities.”

Lincoln was able to learn through calamity.  He demonstrated that leaders meet the challenge and are changed by it.

So, whether you’re leading a country in wartime or a company during a period of transformation, you as a leader need to listen to your team, to your mentors and to the Lord.  When you listen more than you speak, you learn, grow, gain insight, and make better decisions.

 

Wayne Pederson  (HCJB Global)

Check out all of Wayne’s Lessons for Leaders

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