Lincoln’s Leadership Traits

Let us consider some of the leadership traits that made President Lincoln one of the great presidents in American history. Lincoln’s leadership traits have stood the test of time and while not perfect as a leader, Abraham Lincoln demonstrated characteristics from which all of us can continue to learn.

Lincoln was confident enough in himself and his ability to pull into his inner circle many of his rivals who were his worst enemies at an earlier time. Some of these men became his most trusted advisors.

Lincoln’s personal qualities enabled him to form friendships with men who had previously opposed him. He consistently found ways to find a common ground with those who opposed him. Lincoln saw mistakes made by those on his team as his responsibility. He knew how to control his anger and how to communicate his anger toward those around him; he quickly resolved the situation and refused to let conflict fester.

One of Lincoln’s great leadership traits was his sense of integrity and strong principles. He was willing to compromise but his core principles did not change. He inspired loyalty and dedication.

Lincoln’s communication skills were extraordinary. He was not a slick public speaker but people believed that he believed what he was saying; That may be where the expression “Honest Abe,” came from.

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