Lincoln On Leadership – Chapter Fourteen
May 26, 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.
- When you meet an individual, try not to part with any unpleasant impression on either side.
- Speak in simple and familiar strains with people, without any pretension of superiority. Leave people with the feeling that they’ve known you all their lives.
- Don’t forget that humor is a major component at your ability to persuade people
- A good laugh is good for both the mental and physical digestion
- Remember that people are more easily influenced through the medium of a broad and humorous illustration than in any other way.
- You will often avoid a long and useless discussion by others or a laborious explanation on your own part by a short story that illustrates your point of view
- The sharpness of a refusal or the edge of a rebuke may be blunted by an appropriate story, so as to save wounded feelings and yet serve the purpose
- Loyalty is more often won through private conversation than in any other way.