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Donald T. Phillips has written a solid and engaging book. It has been hailed by critics and leaders in business, sports, and every other arena as a common sense masterpiece of historical and character analysis. The book is divided into key lessons, each representing an aspect of President Abraham Lincoln’s leadership style, as revealed through his words and actions. A beautifully written intimate history, the book shows Lincoln in action. The discussion reveals clearly how any leader can apply Lincoln’s timeless principles about communication, character, endeavor, and people. getAbstract recommends this book to anyone interested in leadership, Lincoln, or history.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Which of Lincoln’s principals you can adopt to become a more inspirational leader;
  • Why you should choose your fights carefully, but act decisively once you are committed; and
  • Why good communication skills are pivotal to a successful leadership.

About the Author

Donald T. Phillips has worked in the business world for many years, mostly in large corporations. He began researching this book in 1983 and has since become an independent Lincoln scholar.



Abraham Lincoln is consistently ranked as the greatest president the United States ever had. He is considered the greatest leader the nation has "ever known or will ever know." Lincoln represented the best of the leadership qualities that helped form the nation. He "stood for all that...

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    Rahmatullah MOWAHID 8 months ago
    Remembering that people are more influenced by a humorous illustration than by anything else.

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