Lincoln On Leadership – Chapter Nine


I’m currently reading the book Lincoln on Leadership. I wanted to share the chapter notes because they’re so good.

Chapter Nine – Lead by Being Led
  • If you are a good leader, when your work is done, your aim fulfilled, your people will say, “We did this ourselves.”
  • Try not to feel insecure or threatened by your followers
  • Let disputing parties work out their differences by bringing them together and guiding their dialogue
  • Always let your subordinates know the honor will be al theirs if they succeed and blame will be yours if they fail
  • Write letters to your subordinates making the personal acknowledgement that they were right and you were wrong
  • When your subordinates come up with good ideas, let them go ahead and try. But monitor their progress
  • If your commanders in the field can’t be successful, neither can you nor your executive staff.
  • Never forget that your organization does not depend on the life of any individual
  • The greatest credit should be given to those in your organization who render the hardest work
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About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Associate Pastor of GraceLife Church, author of Faith Debugged, musician and baseball enthusiast

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