Lincoln On Leadership – Chapter Nine
May 20, 2011 Leave a comment
I’m currently reading the book Lincoln on Leadership. I wanted to share the chapter notes because they’re so good.
- 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