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Abe Lincoln: An Extraordinary Leader

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Perhaps noted as one of the greatest United States presidents of all
time, Abraham Lincoln’s early life may not have reflected his potential
greatness. He failed in business. He lost election to the state
legislature, Speaker of the House, nomination for Congress, appointment
of land officer, U.S. Senate twice and nomination for Vice President.
After those eight major failures, Lincoln was elected President of the
United States. How many of us would have kept going like Lincoln did?


Keywords:
Leadership, Inspirational, Crisis Management, Management, Persistence


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Perhaps noted as one of the greatest United States presidents of all
time, Abraham Lincoln’s early life may not have reflected his potential
greatness. He failed in business. He lost election to the state
legislature, Speaker of the House, nomination for Congress, appointment
of land officer, U.S. Senate twice and nomination for Vice President.
After those eight major failures, Lincoln was elected President of the
United States. How many of us would have kept going like Lincoln did?

Many problems that we think of today pale in comparison to what happened
in the late 1850’s and middle 1860’s. Lincoln dealt with eleven southern
states that had seceded from the Union. Eleven states formed the
Confederate States of America during his presidency.

Americans may think that there are divisions among our country today.
There was an enormous division during the Civil War era. Americans
literally died on both sides of the war: North and South.

There were several key challenges that Lincoln faced as U.S. President:

1. Lincoln was president during the American Civil War, which lasted four
years

About five weeks after Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th United States
President, the American Civil War began. Lincoln was president when the
country was literally falling apart.

Division may exist between families. Unfortunately, some family members
may go years without talking to one another. Are problems within families
really that terrible compared to the unrest during the Civil War? Some
families were divided so much by the war that one son may have fought for
the North while another son of the same family fought for the South.
2. The most American casualties happened during the Lincoln
Administration

600,000 to 700,000 Americans died in the Civil War. The American Civil
War casualties exceed the United States’ losses in all of its other wars
from The American Revolution to the present.

Do any of us think that we have such an enormous responsibility? Lincoln
had an insurmountable responsibility of having the most American
casualties during his term as president. More Americans died from war
during Lincoln’s presidency than all of the other American presidents
combined.

3. Lincoln suffered from Depression

Lincoln, who lived in the nineteenth century, did not have access to
antidepressants, such as Prozac, to take as prescription medication nor
could he go to a drug store and purchase St. John’s Wort over the
counter.

Lincoln never had the luxury of having access to modern treatments.
Lincoln’s job was to deal with a country that was divided by war. At
times, your problems may seem as monumental as Lincoln’s struggles,
mainly because you are the one who is currently enduring a particular
problem. All of us have common and unique problems. Can you imagine if
you weren’t so lucky and had limited access to treatments like Lincoln?
Fortunately, we do have the luxury of modern medicine.

4. Lincoln was assassinated

The North, The Union, defeated the South, The Confederacy. The South
surrendered to the North on April 9th, 1865. Lincoln was assassinated
five days after the Civil War ended and died the morning after he was
shot.

Do you think you feel unappreciated by the work you’ve done? Lincoln
united his country as president, issued the Emancipation Proclamation to
end slavery, inspired numerous people while suffering from depression,
was one of the most kindest and good-hearted presidents our nation has
ever had and what was the thanks that he got? He was killed.

Numerous times, Lincoln was a leader. He kept America together so we
could still be called “The United States of America.” He led by example.
In his second inaugural address, Lincoln said that he wanted “malice
toward none” and he wanted “to bind up the nation’s wounds.”
Unfortunately, Lincoln never got to see any of his efforts and results
implemented. The United States owes Lincoln a huge debt of gratitude.

Like Lincoln, every one of us has overcome problems and has achieved
greatness in our own way. You may not remember some obstacles that you
overcame, such as when you learned to walk or talk. There are challenges
you overcame that you probably do remember very well, such as finishing a
project, winning a race, graduating from school or establishing a career.
Every one of you has a potential for greatness like Abe Lincoln. It is up
to you to find the greatness within yourself.

				
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