Lincoln on Leadership

  • by Donald T. Phillips
  • Narrated by Nelson Runger
  • 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this remarkable book, hailed by CEOs, politicians, coaches, and college presidents alike, Donald T. Phillips examines Lincoln's effective leadership style. As he explores the President's diverse management skills, he demonstrates how you can succeed with them in today's complex world.When Lincoln took the oath of office in 1861, the Confederate States had already seceded from the Union. Even though his own advisers expected him to fail, he eventually reunited the embattled states with uncommon good sense. Using historical anecdotes, speeches, and Lincoln's own letters, the author shares the President's practical managerial strategies: seize the initiative, wage only one war at a time, encourage risk-taking while promoting job security, circulate among the troops, and more.
With this compelling portrait, Donald T. Phillips reveals Lincoln as one of the world's most outstanding leaders. Nelson Runger's thought-provoking narration will motivate you to influence others in the same quiet way.

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"[Nelson Runger's] energy and pacing carry the listener along." (Booklist)

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A few things you should know before downloading

There are a few things you should know before downloading this audio book.

Let’s take the positive first: It is a fast listen – easily finished in a couple of days. It is (as always) narrated to perfection by Nelson Runger. It reveals a lot of interesting and surprising facts about Lincoln – that I bet you did not know about.

And the negative: It is, in my opinion, not a book well-suited for audio. After each chapter, the author summarises the essence in a list of “Lincoln Principles”. I constantly found myself wishing that I had the book in front of me – especially if I wanted to look at the lists later on. Please also be aware, that this is a very unusual mix between a management book and a historic narrative – maybe not appealing to all readers.

Although somewhat disappointed, I have given it three stars anyway – because it has opened my eyes towards Lincoln in a new and more exciting way.
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- Henrik "I'm an audiobook nerd living in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the time of writing, I'm approaching 400 audiobooks."

Essential leadership philosophy and style

Phillips did a remarkable job in piecing together this analysis of Lincoln's leadership. It's amazing no one else had written such a book before.

A must-listen for any good manager who wants to be a great leader.

Even though there are two minor nits with the recording (you can hear Runger's breathing inbetween some sections and chapters flow together so it's hard to guess when one ends and the next one starts), I gave it a 5-star rating because of the content. I recommend getting a copy of the paperback version so you can follow these principles day-to-day.

Recommended reading/listening: "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin, which delves deeper into it.
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- Christopher

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-15-2004
  • Publisher: Recorded Books